Tomohiro Anraku

Born: 11/04/1996 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Arm Slot: High 3/4
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 195
Primary Position: RHRP
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 1st Rd., 2014 NPB Draft (Tohoku Rakuten Screaming Eagles)
Entry Point: High School
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: October 5th, 2016
Dates Seen: 10/1
Level: MLB
Affiliate: Tohoku Rakuten Screaming Eagles - NPB Japan
MLB Team: N/A
Physical Description
Big, thick frame, squared shoulders with some upper body strength. Strong, thick lower half.
Mechanical Notes
High 3/4's arm slot; pitches exclusively from the stretch. Big arm swing with hook and wrap. Drop-and-drive. Arm action hides the ball in back slightly; soft front side, tends to open early.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2021 40 50 Role 40: Middle Reliever High
Pitch Present Future Sitting Max Comments
Fastball
Fastball 40 55 86-89 90 Straight with some flat run; will get some comeback to the glove side. Ability to get some angle, but inconsistent. Added life when he locates down in the zone; very flat, hittable when up. Up to 95 mph in high school; believe there is more in there and could reach above-average grade in bullpen role.
Straight with some flat run; will get some comeback to the glove side. Ability to get some angle, but inconsistent. Added life when he locates down in the zone; very flat, hittable when up. Up to 95 mph in high school; believe there is more in there and could reach above-average grade in bullpen role.
Curveball
Curveball 40 50 68-71 71 12-to-6 break with big shape, hump. Get-me-over type of usage, but will dial up some better arm speed and snap on occasion. Inconsistent feel, casting it out often. Third pitch right now; have seen better in the past, will get to average.
12-to-6 break with big shape, hump. Get-me-over type of usage, but will dial up some better arm speed and snap on occasion. Inconsistent feel, casting it out often. Third pitch right now; have seen better in the past, will get to average.
Slider
Slider 50 60 79-84 84 3/4 break with depth, bite. Go to secondary, out pitch. Good arm action and shows feel in the zone; will take hitters out of zone when ahead. Shows plus now for put-away; see it playing up in shorter stints.
3/4 break with depth, bite. Go to secondary, out pitch. Good arm action and shows feel in the zone; will take hitters out of zone when ahead. Shows plus now for put-away; see it playing up in shorter stints.
Overall Command
Overall Command 40 45  
Overall Control
Overall Control 40 50  
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Overall Summary
Physical reliever with arm strength and a chance for three average-or-better pitches. Has high-maintenance mechanics with the effort and funk in the delivery, but is a very good athlete and repeats O.K. Strike thrower, but has below average command in the zone. Fastball gets hittable, flat when up, but shows above-average life when he reaches back and locates down. Not afraid to pound fastball in on LHH. Throttling back as a rotation piece; has shown above-average to plus velo in the past & believe he has more in there and would see a 3-to-4 mph bump in a bullpen role. Slider is his best pitch right now. He likes to add/subtract and shows feel for spin; dials up late bite for put-away. Uses almost exclusively to RHH. Lacks a real weapon vs. LHH. Pitches to a lot of contact now and gets away with fastball's up in the zone. Concern over past shoulder trouble as an amateur. Tough to see him repeating mechanics enough to get to average command and run through a lineup multiple times; best suited where he can go hard for shorter stints. Could get to a Role 50 set-up projection if the above-average velo comes back.