Randy Messenger

Born: 08/13/1981 (Age: 37)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Arm Slot: Over the top
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 260
Primary Position: RHRP
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: Signed as free agent (3-yr contract) by Hanshin Tigers (2013); Originally drafted 11th Rd.,1999 MLB First-Year Player Draft (MIA)
Entry Point: High School
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: June 26th, 2016
Dates Seen: 6/18
Level: MLB
Affiliate: Hanshin Tigers - NPB Japan
MLB Team: N/A
Physical Description
Massive frame; long legs, thick lower half. Broad shoulders with soft midsection.
Mechanical Notes
Smooth, compact delivery; repeatable. Stays tall and gets very good angle. Stays online and gets good extension.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2017 40 50 Role 50: #5 Starter Moderate
Pitch Present Future Sitting Max Comments
Fastball
Fastball 55 55 89-93 95 Straight with some flat run; locates to both sides and will change eye level. Angle plays up; will get some ride up in the zone.
Straight with some flat run; locates to both sides and will change eye level. Angle plays up; will get some ride up in the zone.
Curveball
Curveball 50 50 72-75 76 12-to-6 breaker, big shape. Has feel with it; use to both RHH and LHH; back-door. Will dial up some snap for put away. Same as the fastball out of hand, arm action plays it up.
12-to-6 breaker, big shape. Has feel with it; use to both RHH and LHH; back-door. Will dial up some snap for put away. Same as the fastball out of hand, arm action plays it up.
Slider
Slider 45 45 82-85 87 Cutter/Slider variations; shallow, below-average depth; uses for strikes, back-door feel. Occasionally will show some late dart to glove side.
Cutter/Slider variations; shallow, below-average depth; uses for strikes, back-door feel. Occasionally will show some late dart to glove side.
Splitter
Splitter 55 55 83-86 87 Split-change action; deception in the arm speed with gradual fade, dive. Locates middle to arm side; will use to both RHH and LHH.
Split-change action; deception in the arm speed with gradual fade, dive. Locates middle to arm side; will use to both RHH and LHH.
Overall Command
Overall Command 50 50  
Overall Control
Overall Control 50 50  
Overall Summary
Durable RHSP who throws strikes and changes speeds well. Uses a 3-to-4 pitch mix and gets very good angle, drives downhill, keeps the ball on the ground. Downside of his career, but has value as a second-tier free agent option with some ability to eat innings in the back end of a MLB rotation. Fastball gets some flat run to both sides; likes to use in on left-handed hitters. Will pitch up in the zone with it at times, but by design; able to overpower some of the weaker NPB hitters. Split is go-to pitch; not the same hard bottom he has shown in years' past, but above-average feel and arm action plays it up. Showing an average curveball with ability to locate to both sides; big shape/hump; throws for strikes, will tighten up and take hitters out of zone. Cutter/Slider variations; majority were cutters in this look; stays on the edges, but up; slider is shallow, gradual, but located. Showed occasional late dart to glove side. Consistently around the zone, he will give up his hits; swing-and-miss rate is down, but still has that extra gear and maintains velo deep into starts. He is a better athlete than the body lets on and has been incredibly durable throughout his time in Japan. Chances are he stays in Japan where he stands to get a significantly larger contract. Expect two years and $6 million if he decides to leave the NPB.