|Evaluator:||Nick J. Faleris|
|Report Date:||June 9th, 2018|
Barco is a big, sturdy lefty with additional room left in his frame to continue to add some strength. Slinging with a short arm action from a low-three-quarters slot, the Virginia commit can already work into the low 90s with his fastball, creating good angle to the plate when he’s hitting his release. He mixes in an impressive low-80s slider with solid two-plane action and bite, as well as a firm mid-80s changeup that shows promise but is still in its early developmental stages.
Last October Barco stood out in Jupiter on a talented Braves Scout Team/East Cobb club, showing all three pitches and impressive mound presence. His low slot and quick arm can lead to some drag at times, limiting his effectiveness to the glove side, but he repeats his delivery well enough that most evaluators give him a good chance to grow into at least average in-zone command in time. He has the size, stuff and track record to land high on draft follow lists come next winter and is on the short list for top prep arm in the class as we kick off the 2019 draft cycle.