Joshua Sborz

Born: 12/07/1993 (Age: 25)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Arm Slot: High 3/4
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 225
Primary Position: RHSP
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 2nd Rd. (CBB), 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft (LAD)
Entry Point: 4 Yr College
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: June 30th, 2016
Dates Seen: 6/18
Level: High A
Affiliate: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
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Physical Description
Strong frame; wide shoulders; long Legs. Athletic and could still add strength to allow him to pitch longer.
Mechanical Notes
Unique, compact delivery; starts by taking deep breath and doing a short "squat" over rubber before beginning motion. Starts hands at chest, dropping to waist and lifting simultaneously with his front leg. Arm gets a full circle behind him while using glove arm to hide the ball, driving towards the plate; gets plus extension down the hill. Delivery and extension creates deception; ball jumps on hitters. Does a good job of repeating the unique delivery, and finds consistent release point regularly.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2018 50 60 Role 50: #4 Starting Pitcher High
Pitch Present Future Sitting Max Comments
Fastball
Fastball 55 60 91-93 94 Extra life out of hand, plays well up in the zone. Commands better to arm side; doesn't let hitters get hands extended. Cuts to glove side; gives pitch added dimension. Will pitch up and out of zone with purpose, but can miss middle/up occasionally when not finishing pitches. Future plus pitch if he continues to build leg strength and raise sitting velocity.
Extra life out of hand, plays well up in the zone. Commands better to arm side; doesn't let hitters get hands extended. Cuts to glove side; gives pitch added dimension. Will pitch up and out of zone with purpose, but can miss middle/up occasionally when not finishing pitches. Future plus pitch if he continues to build leg strength and raise sitting velocity.
Curveball
Curveball 50 60 77-80 80 Big 12-to-6 shape; ability to change speed/shape depending on count. Spots to both sides of plates. Gets good downward, sharp angle on pitch. Able to speed up spin into power curve when he needs swing and miss; will throw bigger spin for strikes early in count. Gets weak contact; mainly utilized early in count for strikes, swing and miss when ahead. If not finishing down the hill, pitch will break into zone and batters swing. Will continue to develop due to ability to change speed and shape of pitch and as he learns more of hitters' tendencies.
Big 12-to-6 shape; ability to change speed/shape depending on count. Spots to both sides of plates. Gets good downward, sharp angle on pitch. Able to speed up spin into power curve when he needs swing and miss; will throw bigger spin for strikes early in count. Gets weak contact; mainly utilized early in count for strikes, swing and miss when ahead. If not finishing down the hill, pitch will break into zone and batters swing. Will continue to develop due to ability to change speed and shape of pitch and as he learns more of hitters' tendencies.
Slider
Slider 50 55 85-87 87 Late, downward cutting action; works well after fastball as it comes off of same plane. Flashed above-average lateral movement across plate; ability to miss bats now. Spots mainly glove side and will look to throw to back foot against LHH. Extra snap and bite when at it's best; needs to continually follow through for best pitch action.
Late, downward cutting action; works well after fastball as it comes off of same plane. Flashed above-average lateral movement across plate; ability to miss bats now. Spots mainly glove side and will look to throw to back foot against LHH. Extra snap and bite when at it's best; needs to continually follow through for best pitch action.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 40 45 80-83 85 Flashed better than performed. Lacked overall feel for pitch and inconsistent release point; tends to overthrow. At best will get arm-side fade coming out of fastball plane. Will need to continue to develop pitch to be able to reach ceiling.
Flashed better than performed. Lacked overall feel for pitch and inconsistent release point; tends to overthrow. At best will get arm-side fade coming out of fastball plane. Will need to continue to develop pitch to be able to reach ceiling.
Overall Command
Overall Command 50 55  
Overall Control
Overall Control 50 50  
Overall Summary
Projectable #4 starting pitcher with plus fastball and curveball, growing feel for slider and possibility to add changeup to his repertoire. Repeats unique delivery well due to athleticism. Creates deception while also having ability to get plus extension - allows pitches to jump on hitters for late contact or swings and misses. Extra life on fastball out of hand; plays well up in zone. Commands pitch to arm side; doesn't allow hitters to get arms extended. Cuts pitch when going glove side; added dimension to pitch that is otherwise straight. Curveball flashed plus 12-to-6 downward spin; ability to change the speed and shape of pitch. Will throw harder power curve when ahead in the count; pitch has sharp break and will get swing and miss. Ability to spot to both sides of plate early in count for strikes. Slider has late downward cutting action and flashes above-average movement. Best when coming after fastballs as its action breaks from similar plane. Spots slider to glove side; will throw to back foot against LHH and under hitters' swing path. Change is fringy but flashes average. Best version has fade to arm side with fastball look. Tends to have inconsistent release point or overthrows. Still has potential to continue to develop due to action of other pitches and decent control. Has an idea of how to set up hitters; recognizes weaknesses and capitalizes on them. Changes pitch sequence to keep hitters off balance; ability to start hitters off with curve or slider for strikes. Command and control are both average currently, but times where he will put pitches exactly where he wants them. In look I had, went three innings without allowing a base runner and had plus pace while commanding pitches to both sides of plate. Has worked out of bullpen with success previously, but is being developed into starter. If he is able to utilize four pitches with command while continuing to miss bats at current rate would reach ceiling. I'm not sure changeup will develop enough for this to happen. Would be best served by continuing to build strength and stamina as a starter.