Taylor Widener

Born: 10/24/1994 (Age: 24)
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Arm Slot:
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 195
Primary Position: RHSP
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 12th Rd., 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft (NYY)
Entry Point: 4 Yr College
Options Used: N/A
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: September 11th, 2018
Dates Seen: Aug 21, 2018
Level: Double-A
Affiliate: Jackson Generals
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On 40-Man Roster: No
Physical Description
Stocky, physical build with strong lower half. No projection.
Mechanical Notes
SWU from low 3/4 with excellent leg engagement and moderate effort at release. Chest high leg raise, stays tall, 2B turn, shoulder tilt, opens early, keeps posture, gets over front side, slight crossfire to gloveside, moderate head whack. Arm action: Late break, wrap, a little stiff through long circle with quick, slingy arm action to release, limited extension.
MLB ETA Present Role Future Role Role Description Risk
2019 50 55 Mid-Rotation Starter High
Pitch Present Future Sitting Range Comments
Fastball Value
Overall Fastball Value 50 55 Best pitch; thrown with purpose and intent to all four quadrants. Movement to miss bats and induce ground balls. Armside action will get swing and miss in on RHs and moving away to LHs.
Best pitch; thrown with purpose and intent to all four quadrants. Movement to miss bats and induce ground balls. Armside action will get swing and miss in on RHs and moving away to LHs.
Fastball Velocity 50 50 92-93 90-94 Plays to 55; gets on hitters w deception from low 3/4s release point, ball hidden behind body until release.
Fastball Velocity
Fastball Movement
Fastball Movement 60 60 Hard armside tail to middle of the plate; sink to gloveside. Pitch has movement across zone; average plane down in the zone.
Hard armside tail to middle of the plate; sink to gloveside. Pitch has movement across zone; average plane down in the zone.
Fastball Command
Fastball Command 50 55 Solid to armside, both up and down; doesn't miss badly, still finding consistency to hit exact target. Solid to gloveside, but can lose it up or yank with moderate violence on release. Repeats delivery, half-grade to come with more reps.
Solid to armside, both up and down; doesn't miss badly, still finding consistency to hit exact target. Solid to gloveside, but can lose it up or yank with moderate violence on release. Repeats delivery, half-grade to come with more reps.
Slider
Slider 50 55 86 84-87 Inconsistent Flashed above-average with some bite in zone for future weak contact, swing and miss off plate. 10-5 shape from his slot, comes around, will get sweepy. With other pitches near ready, dev focus and repetition with his delivery projects for added grade to pitch.
Inconsistent Flashed above-average with some bite in zone for future weak contact, swing and miss off plate. 10-5 shape from his slot, comes around, will get sweepy. With other pitches near ready, dev focus and repetition with his delivery projects for added grade to pitch.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 55 55 83 81-84 Best 2nd. Flashes plus as bat misser to LHs, weak contact to RH w some vulnerability up in zone. Mostly keeps it down with excellent pitch tunnel off FB for deception, similar trajectory w solid separation.
Best 2nd. Flashes plus as bat misser to LHs, weak contact to RH w some vulnerability up in zone. Mostly keeps it down with excellent pitch tunnel off FB for deception, similar trajectory w solid separation.
Control
Control 45 50 Can locate fastball and does so to work ahead. Likes to use seconds for chase; neither is go to strike pitch; goes back to FB when needs strike. Will lose FBs up when fatigued.
Can locate fastball and does so to work ahead. Likes to use seconds for chase; neither is go to strike pitch; goes back to FB when needs strike. Will lose FBs up when fatigued.
Attribute Present Future
Delivery Average Average
Athleticism Average Average
Pitchability Average Average
Mound Presence Average Average
Overall Summary
Could contribute now in back of MLB rotation; half-grade projection remaining on SL and command will get him to a #4 SP role in short order. Attacks hitters with fastball, trusts his stuff in the zone, and has frame to handle 200 innings. Arm action is a little stiff and the delivery not perfect, but he repeats it and has command and control to profile in rotation.