Carlos Bustamante Scouting Report
Name: Carlos Bustamante
Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
Birthdate: September 25, 1994
Ht/Wt: 6’0”, 190 lbs.
Hometown: Navajoa, Sonora, Mexico
Report Date(s) — July 1, 2018
Affiliate (League): Visalia Rawhide (California League)
Level (Org): A-Advanced (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Body/Mechanics: Undersized, somewhat shorter than list height and heavier than list weight. No physical projection in frame; will have to work hard to maintain shape/body with age; risk of putting on bad weight. Stocky; perhaps modest muscular/power potential through lower half but really no physical upside remaining. What you see is what you get … Middle of the rubber to start, lands more or less on line (slightly closed) to target with decent upper body feel for staying on line through hand break and arm swing up towards release. High three-quarters, nearly overhand release point; ideal look there for his splitter, makes most of modest plane at that release. Falls off hard to first base side at finish, sometimes pulling the ball out with him. Had him 1.51 – 1.55 to the plate with runner on first base; overall, not a great athlete, average/below coming off the mound to field his position, etc.
Command/Control: Control ahead of command; strike thrower who will broadly challenge hitters (80 free passes in his first 234 career innings), but lacks pinpoint command side to side. Stuff shows tendency to fall off line with hard finish through to first base side, will yank ball out with him at times; other times, leave pitches high and arm-side when late through arm swing. Further lacks command feel of power off-speed stuff; can get it in the zone or as wipeout to challenge hitters, but didn’t show great feel for pinpoint execution in short stint work here.
Analysis/Projection: If he’s ever to reach the big leagues, it’ll be the splitter and slider that give Carlos Bustamante the best shot to do so. An otherwise unremarkable right-handed middle reliever without much velo, pitch life, or projection through the rest of his profile, Bustamante throws a good, hard splitter that at times truly overmatched High-A hitters in a long stint during this look. He’s hittable otherwise, though, without enough projection in velo or pitch life on his fastball early to consistently set up the splitter the way he’ll need to against better opponents. To that end, an org depth future is likely for Carlos Bustamante with maybe a slight chance he squeaks out some time in low-leverage middle relief at ceiling. Bustamante has lots of Mexican League experience in his past, too, and he may well pitch there for a long time after he runs out of chances in affiliated ball stateside; not a bad potential future, all things considered.
Overall Future Potential (Realistic Role): 40 FV (RH Middle Relief)
MLB ETA: 2020
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