|April 30th, 2018
After posting electrifying performances early on the showcase circuit, Slade did not participate in most of the high profile events late into the summer and fall. His absence from the mound continued into the spring, returning in mid-April from what appears to be an undisclosed triceps injury.
Standing 6’4”, 195, Slade has the ideal build for a starting pitcher, with present leanness in his lower half, athleticism, as well as overall projectability. Slade has a free and easy delivery with a long clean arm action that has a slight reach in the back. He showed average arm speed with good extension to a high three-quarters slot. His fastball was 91-to-92 mph in the outing, touching 94 twice later in his outing. Hitters struggled to make consistent contact against Cecconi’s fastball, which jumps on them with average sink. His curveball was inconsistent in this outing, ranging in velocity from 72-to-77 mph with soft, slow action, and mild sharpness. At its best, the curveball flashed average once he threw it with better arm speed and depth.
There have been a number questions surrounding Cecconi this year, and the limited game experience have provided little opportunity to get answers. Given the lack of viewings and the potential injury issues which caused the extended absence, it looks likely that he’ll honor his commitment to the University of Miami.