|Report Date:||March 21st, 2018|
Making his second start of the season on March 6th, Liberatore wasn’t sharp, allowing two earned runs on five hits and two walks over 5.1 innings, though he did strikeout nine.
Liberatore is tall, lanky, and well-proportioned, with sloped shoulders, long arms, room in the frame to add weight as he matures. Using an abbreviated windup and three-quarter arm slot, Liberatore has a loose, live arm, with free-and-easy arm action, though he had some trouble repeating his release point in this view. His above average fastball projects as a future plus pitch, sitting at 92, and ranging from 90-to-94 mph. Though he presently has below average command of the pitch, it has run, tail, and sinking action to both sides of the plate. His tight spinning 12-to-6 curveball has sharp downer action and average depth. While he’ll cast the pitch on occasion, it still projects as plus. Liberatore mixes in a seldom used changeup at 82-to-83 mph, with arm-side fading action that projects as average. Control and command were erratic in this view, but both should improve with a shorter stride and developing a more consistent release point.
Combining his size, arm strength and projection with his plus fastball, plus curveball and average changeup, Liberatore stock is squarely secured in the first round.