Dennis Sarfate

Born: 04/09/1981 (Age: 38)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Arm Slot: High 3/4
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 225
Primary Position: RHRP
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: Re-signed to 3-yr contract) with Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (NPB) in 2016; Originally drafted in 15th Rd. of 1999 MLB First-Year Player Draft (TEX);
Entry Point: 2 Yr College
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: June 26th, 2016
Dates Seen: 6/7, 6/8, 6/12, 6/17, 6/21
Level: MLB
Affiliate: Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks - NPB Japan
MLB Team: N/A
Physical Description
Athletic build with a strong low half; broad shoulders, tapered waist.
Mechanical Notes
All stretch; high leg kick with some drop and drive. Opens front side early; full arm circle in back; loose with some smooth effort. Spins off to first-base side.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2017 45 55 Role 50: Average set-up; 7th-inning reliever High
Pitch Present Future Sitting Max Comments
Fastball
Fastball 60 60 93-96 97 Straight, flat; gets some flat run. Life in the zone, gets some ride. Stays on plane, gets hittable up in the zone; moves in and out, but everything leaks to arm side; misses over middle of plate often. Inconsistent angle; sees added life when locating down.
Straight, flat; gets some flat run. Life in the zone, gets some ride. Stays on plane, gets hittable up in the zone; moves in and out, but everything leaks to arm side; misses over middle of plate often. Inconsistent angle; sees added life when locating down.
Curveball
Curveball 55 55 77-80 81 Knuckle-curve; 3/4 break with snap/bite. Will back up on him and break is inconsistent; shows plus at times.
Knuckle-curve; 3/4 break with snap/bite. Will back up on him and break is inconsistent; shows plus at times.
Slider
Slider 50 50 82-86 87 3/4 break; good arm speed; below-average feel; backs up; shows solid average, but inconsistent. Has to back off to locate.
3/4 break; good arm speed; below-average feel; backs up; shows solid average, but inconsistent. Has to back off to locate.
Splitter
Splitter 55 55 85-88 88 Tumble, dive to arm side; backs off to locate and will get more fade action; shows occasional hard bottom for put away, potential swing-and-miss pitch.
Tumble, dive to arm side; backs off to locate and will get more fade action; shows occasional hard bottom for put away, potential swing-and-miss pitch.
Overall Command
Overall Command 40 40  
Overall Control
Overall Control 55 55  
Overall Summary
RHRP with below-average command of above-average to plus stuff. Does not walk guys, very aggressive in the zone; below-average pitching to spots and will miss out over the plate with the fastball. Fastball gets some life in the zone, but plays down slightly due to poor command. Two above-average secondary pitches; Splitter has swing-and-miss potential and shows hard bottom. Curveball will show depth and snap, but inconsistent; has to back off to locate. Has some margin for error; able to throw his secondary for strikes and will get chase out of the zone. Tends to lose his aggressiveness with the fastball with runners on. Has two potential swing-and-miss pitches when he's on. Signed a three-year deal with Softbank at the start of 2016 season; opt-out chances unknown.