Domenic Mazza Scouting Report & Game Video
Dates Observed: June 29, 2018
Team/Organization: San Jose Giants (San Francisco Giants)
League/Level: California League (High-A)
Scouting Notes: Traditionally a starter, worked as a piggy-back long reliever over four innings following teammate Logan Webb in my look here. Fastball sat 85-87 here; changeup 75-78, curveball 77-79, cutter 80-83. Fastest move to the plate was generally 1.22 – 1.32 with runner on first. Varied tempos and timing to the plate with runners on base; in this outing, exceptionally concerned about holding runners on first; will pick over quite a bit, maybe too much to take focus off hitter, but clear desire to control running game … Three-quarters release with some side-to-side life on stuff from release point; not much plane on pitches, lacks height and size and likely will face some durability questions if he’s to continue starting games at higher levels. Consistent mechanical look, though; repeatable, relatively low-effort delivery with consistent release point, above-average command; extension out front to finish pitches with some recoil on follow-through but good command overall … Some arm-side run with occasional fade to fastball, though well below-average velo; changeup tunnels in similar movement pattern with OK speed differential, will go to it a lot with particularly good arm action, getting hitters (usually RHH) out on front foot/swinging over it. Curveball is bigger and slower breaking ball with 12-to-6 look; depth, but not hard/sharp bite late, get-over pitch early but not a real wipeout offering in my look. Cutter is a bit harder with late action to glove side, but seemed to stay on one plane without much depth; only saw a couple of them and need to see it again to determine if it’s a real repertoire piece to contend with moving forward. In general, repertoire across the board is average at best, probably slightly below-average in most cases; very hittable without ability to miss bats, but decent command profile can limit hard contact to a point … For me, the overall profile for Domenic Mazza screams low-leverage long relief; he’s got a decently deep repertoire with command feel across the board, but without a real shot at missing bats consistently enough to work in a higher leverage role. Maybe there’s a chance he’ll make some spot/swingman starts at ceiling, but for me, he’s a 40 FV long relief arm at best with likelihood that he’ll fall back into an org depth role soon.
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