Nolan Riggs Scouting Report & Game Video

Position: RHP
Height/Weight: 6’8”, 255 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Birthdate: May 22, 1993
Hometown: Houston, Tex.
School: Sam Houston State
FV (20-80): 50 (RH Set-Up Relief)
MLB ETA: 2020

Dates Observed: June 30, 2018

Team/Organization: San Jose Giants (San Francisco Giants)
League/Level: California League (High-A)
Scouting Notes: Huge dude; lumbering and unathletic, but serious height and physical size to produce some leverage, velocity; by extension and release, ball looks like it’s right on top of hitters, drawing some awkward/rough swings on some of his stuff because of it. Further made more difficult for hitters by working from extreme third base side of rubber, landing closed off to plate from there with cross-body deception and delivery back to the strike zone; brutal at-bat for RHH trying to stay in and cover the full plate … Power look to his entire repertoire out of a high three-quarters release; four-seam fastball 93-97 in this look, paired with 92-94 two-seam fastball, 84-86 slider, and 80-82 changeup … Fastball jumps on hitters quickly, plays up when he can get it down in the zone thanks to plane from height, but otherwise not a ton of life on it; two-seamer shows moderately more arm-side run with some tail, but even then he struggles to command it to corners consistently … Flashes both curveball and slider, it appears; tough to parse out some of his breaking balls, but broadly looks like he’s got one 12-to-6 look in the low 80s and a slightly harder one that sweeps more to glove side, hence the call on curve and slider here. Both pitches OK with some ability to miss bats aided by overall effectively wild profile to leave hitters pretty uncomfortable, but command/control profile a real problem. Struggles to finish both breaking balls and didn’t consistently get them over for strikes through this look. No help there from cross-body release; very little margin of error on command and he’s likely always going to be battling free passes save a major mechanical change, which may be a catch-22 if it takes away some of his deception … All that said, Nolan Riggs has size and power in his corner and could certainly figure things out well enough to settle into a set-up role at ceiling (50 FV). Already 25 years old, Riggs needs to move quickly and pound the strike zone from here lest he fall in as org depth, but a 6’8” relief arm working into the upper 90s is probably worth at least another look or two.

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