Jason Bahr Scouting Report & Game Video
Dates Observed: June 30, 2018
Team/Organization: San Jose Giants (San Francisco Giants)
League/Level: California League (High-A)
Scouting Notes: Very efficient, ideal mechanics and mentality for a starter role; low-effort, repeatable, very relaxed mechanics with a three-quarters release and some plane to the plate from height. Lean, thin frame with room for physical size upon which to build, but at/near final physical form from projection; should be durable enough for rotation future, will fill out some with age … Four-seam fastball 91-94 in this outing; paired with 90-92 two-seam, 82-84 changeup, 73-76 curveball, and 79-83 slider. Timed 1.36 – 1.44 to the plate with runner on first base … Fastball OK; command profile is solid, but pitch is relatively straight, somewhat flat when left up in the zone; must be spotted, but can get hit hard when up. Throws lots of fastballs, especially early, working to establish the pitch and get ahead; conventional there. Pitch to contact down in the zone; efficient, trying to get hitters to a decision quickly … No slider feel early in the game, but really came on after a couple innings; go-to breaking ball for him in the second half of the outing, good tilt with enough depth to miss bats; solid arm action to sell it out of the hand with late life … Promising early curveball feel, particularly to LHH; velo drop and eye-level change plays it up; went away from it later in the game though, and opted more for the slider. Would love to see him use the curveball more frequently; velo differential and feel for spin gives him a shot to get hitters off balance; depth to potentially miss some bats; all told, though, slider is probably a better overall pitch between the two … Changeup a show-me in this game; need to see it more consistently to really grade it out … Jason Bahr has a pretty inspiring story of perseverance — cut by UCF in the middle of his college career, walked back onto the team and developed into a pro. Now that he’s in the minors, he certainly has the command and stuff to feasibly settle in as a back-end rotation arm at ceiling. It’ll be interesting to see how he further adjusts to the upper minors after a hot start to his California League career here; regardless, Jason Bahr gives the Giants a nice, high-floor pitching prospect with some room to really actualize his talent.
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