John Vergara Scouting Report & Game Video
Dates Observed: June 5 & July 10, 2018
Team/Organization: Conejo Oaks (California Collegiate League )
League/Level: College summer baseball
Scouting Notes: Pitching for the Conejo Oaks after apparently taking a gap year in the spring of 2018; spent previous two seasons pitching at Glendale Community College; left-handed short relief with decent stuff for high-leverage/late-inning work. Hip turn closed off to hitter with some deception through mechanics; high three-quarters/nearly overhand release point over the top with good extension out front, decent downward plane on his stuff that plays up when living down in the zone. Some recoil on follow-through; bounces off the mound, light on his feet, ready to field position, though generally lands pretty hard to third base side … Fastball comfortably 85-88 in both June and July looks here, infrequently touching 89; pairs with a slider (76-79) and a changeup (72-74). Fastball is generally straight with life from plane and release point, but it’ll show occasional arm-side life late; challenges hitters with it; throws it a lot. Slider is a sweeper, with life across zone to glove-side; some depth along with it, but slurve-like in break across entire path rather than showing late, hard life. Changeup is a throwback; bigger velo differential than most changeups I see nowadays, with some tumble and fade to arm-side; tunnels OK to fastball at times, sold with pretty solid arm action through release. For me, neither off-speed pitch is a real bat-misser/wipeout offering right now, but John Vergara has a pretty good fastball and enough of a command feel for his entire repertoire that gives him a foundation to grow over the next couple years. Uncommitted heading into the 2018-19 season and looking for a four-year opportunity, John Vergara could prove to be a shrewd mid-level Division I or upper-shelf Division II addition as a bullpen lefty.
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