Josh Taylor

Born: 03/02/1993 (Age: 24)
Throws: Left
Arm Slot: High 3/4
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 225
Acquisition Period: Signed as undrafted free agent 8/12/14 (PHI); Acquired for future considerations (# int'l signing slot) 7/5/15 (ARI)
Entry Point: 2 Yr College
Primary Position: LHRP
Seconday Position: LHRP
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: December 26th, 2016
Dates Seen: 11/12/2016
Level: Double-A
Affiliate: Salt River Rafters (AFL)
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Physical Description
Large frame; strong, athletic build; broad shoulders and chest; long arms; sturdy base; minimal physical projection left.
Mechanical Notes
Some effort in delivery; good balance over rubber; clean arm action; not a ton of moving parts; hides ball well; stays tall, works downhill; can improve on keeping front side closed.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2018 45 55 Role 50; #5 Starting Pitcher Moderate
Pitch Present Future Sitting Max Comments
Fastball
Fastball 55 60 91-93 94 Four-seam; most comfortable pitch for him; some downward movement; minimal arm-side run; can locate to all four quadrants; velo will play up as command improves.
Four-seam; most comfortable pitch for him; some downward movement; minimal arm-side run; can locate to all four quadrants; velo will play up as command improves.
Curveball
Curveball 45 50 72-75 77 Slurvy break; more of a sweeper; can get out in front of it, but demonstrated some feel; will throw it to both RHH and LHH; used early in counts to LHH; with growing confidence it can become an average pitch.
Slurvy break; more of a sweeper; can get out in front of it, but demonstrated some feel; will throw it to both RHH and LHH; used early in counts to LHH; with growing confidence it can become an average pitch.
Slider
Slider 45 50 81-84 86 Two variations. One with short tilt and late break that he likes to use early in count to RHH; and a bigger version with, two-plane depth and strike-to-ball sweeping action the he uses as an out pitch to LHH; below-average command will improve with continued usage.
Two variations. One with short tilt and late break that he likes to use early in count to RHH; and a bigger version with, two-plane depth and strike-to-ball sweeping action the he uses as an out pitch to LHH; below-average command will improve with continued usage.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 40 45 82-85 85 Used sparingly in this look; average arm-side fade; same release point and arm speed as fastball; used more to RHH; used as a change-of-pace pitch in this outing.
Used sparingly in this look; average arm-side fade; same release point and arm speed as fastball; used more to RHH; used as a change-of-pace pitch in this outing.
Overall Command
Overall Command 45 50  
Overall Control
Overall Control 45 50  
Overall Description
Back end of the rotation starter with three average pitches. Frame suggests he can remain a starting pitcher; strong build with good arm strength. Plus fastball but lacks command; creates good downhill plane, which will create plenty of work for his infielders. He demonstrated this in 2016, with a 1.93 GO:AO ratio. Slider is used as an out pitch, especially to LHH. Curveball flashes good depth though it's inconsistent at times. Changeup was used rarely; effective to RHH when thrown. All pitches will benefit from improved command as he matures. Comparable to Cody Reed (LHP, Reds), James Paxton (LHP, Mariners) at the major league level, although with a little less velo.