Luis Rijo

Born: 09/06/1998 (Age: 21)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Arm Slot:
Height: 6'1''
Weight: 200
Primary Position: RHSP
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: Signed as amateur international free agent, 7/2/2015 (NYY); Traded to MIN 7/30/2018
Entry Point: J2
Options Used: N/A
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: September 6th, 2018
Dates Seen: August 2; August 27, 2018
Level: Rk
Affiliate: Elizabethton Twins
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On 40-Man Roster: No
Physical Description
Strong, sturdy, well-built; plus strength in lower half; no projection left.
Mechanical Notes
Low-effort, SWU from 3/4 slot. Chest-high leg raise, strong plant leg into hard push, stays closed, slightly stiff and short landing, follow through slightly across; doesn't always get over front side to finish pitch. Arm action: breaks with wrap, fluid full circle, above-average arm speed, average extension.
MLB ETA Present Role Future Role Role Description Risk
2022 P 50 Backend Starter High
Pitch Present Future Sitting Range Comments
Fastball Value
Overall Fastball Value 40 50 Average MLB fastball at maturity with step forward in command; has delivery and sturdy base to improve with reps. Not a bat-misser; flyball pitch.
Average MLB fastball at maturity with step forward in command; has delivery and sturdy base to improve with reps. Not a bat-misser; flyball pitch.
Fastball Velocity 50 50 92-93 89-93 Average velocity, lacks projection; adds deception by hiding ball behind body until release.
Fastball Velocity
Fastball Movement
Fastball Movement 50 50 Average 4-seam riding life with average plane. Gets some burst in top of zone and above it.
Average 4-seam riding life with average plane. Gets some burst in top of zone and above it.
Fastball Command
Fastball Command 40 50 Inconsistent; showed ability to hit glove and armside targets. Doesn't consistently get downhill and leaves it up where it can be barreled when out over plate. Improvement projected given sturdy base, delivery, and age.
Inconsistent; showed ability to hit glove and armside targets. Doesn't consistently get downhill and leaves it up where it can be barreled when out over plate. Improvement projected given sturdy base, delivery, and age.
Curveball
Curveball 50 60 76 71-78 Flashes plus in 75-78 band with hard 12'6 bite. Still finding consistency; will back up, hard contact when leaves it up, better to gloveside. Throws with confidence and conviction; hit spots for multi-inning stretches both in zone and for chase. Projects to tighten and improve consistency based on present feel; out pitch to both sides of plate.
Flashes plus in 75-78 band with hard 12'6 bite. Still finding consistency; will back up, hard contact when leaves it up, better to gloveside. Throws with confidence and conviction; hit spots for multi-inning stretches both in zone and for chase. Projects to tighten and improve consistency based on present feel; out pitch to both sides of plate.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 30 45 84 83-85 3rd pitch; in development. Inconsistent arm speed limits present deception. Fringy fade that can work off 4 seam. Flashed ability to locate both down in zone and off plate to target. Not a pitch he will throw to RH hitters. Ability to locate, delivery projects well for improvement with reps.
3rd pitch; in development. Inconsistent arm speed limits present deception. Fringy fade that can work off 4 seam. Flashed ability to locate both down in zone and off plate to target. Not a pitch he will throw to RH hitters. Ability to locate, delivery projects well for improvement with reps.
Control
Control 50 60 Shows present ability to throw all three pitches for strikes. Loses FB up; should improve. More development on secondaries aids projection to plus.
Shows present ability to throw all three pitches for strikes. Loses FB up; should improve. More development on secondaries aids projection to plus.
Attribute Present Future
Delivery Average Average
Athleticism Average Average
Pitchability Average Average
Mound Presence Average Average
Overall Summary
Future plus curveball and control will allow him to stay in the rotation despite avg fastball and fringy third pitch. Projection required on command and control presents risk, but clean delivery can continue to make changes.