Trent Thornton

Born: 09/30/1993 (Age: 25)
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Arm Slot: High 3/4
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 175
Primary Position: RHSP
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 5th Rd., 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft (HOU)
Entry Point: 4 Yr College
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: June 21st, 2016
Dates Seen: 6/14
Level: High A
Affiliate: Lancaster JetHawks
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Physical Description
Long legs, high waist; narrow shoulders. Has some present thickness to the frame; room to fill out in lower half; some strength projection there.
Mechanical Notes
Stays tall, high leg kick; stab, small wrap in back before coming through the slot. Creates good angle; lands soft. High-maintenance mechanics, but athletic and should continue to calm things down a bit.
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2019 40 50 Role 40: Middle Reliever High
Pitch Present Future Sitting Max Comments
Fastball
Fastball 50 55 90-92 93 Tail, flat run; gets some life in the zone, but stays on same plane. Angle, quick arm play up the life slightly.
Tail, flat run; gets some life in the zone, but stays on same plane. Angle, quick arm play up the life slightly.
Curveball
Curveball 40 50 77-79 80 Hump, big shape; starts early, but shows 12-to-6 shape with 3/4 break with snap when up in count. Showed average, two good ones back door to LHH, but used sparingly otherwise. Could get to average with more consistent usage.
Hump, big shape; starts early, but shows 12-to-6 shape with 3/4 break with snap when up in count. Showed average, two good ones back door to LHH, but used sparingly otherwise. Could get to average with more consistent usage.
Slider
Slider 40 45 79-82 82 3/4 depth, big shape and shows gradual, slurvy break. Threw for strikes and showed some feel to take hitters out of the zone.
3/4 depth, big shape and shows gradual, slurvy break. Threw for strikes and showed some feel to take hitters out of the zone.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 40 50 79-82 86 Circle action; gets some dive to arm side. Has some feel, uses to both RHH and LHH; arm action plays it up. Some inconsistency, has it flatten out and get BP fastball-ish at times, but chance to be an average pitch.
Circle action; gets some dive to arm side. Has some feel, uses to both RHH and LHH; arm action plays it up. Some inconsistency, has it flatten out and get BP fastball-ish at times, but chance to be an average pitch.
Overall Command
Overall Command 40 40  
Overall Control
Overall Control 40 45  
Overall Summary
Athletic right-hander with a quick arm who drives down in the zone with a fringe-average 3-to-4 pitch mix. There is some maintenance with the delivery and has average deception; he creates some angle, but fastball gets very hittable up in the zone. Should get a little stronger and could see an extra 1-2 mph velo bump in future. Bevy of off-speed pitches; cutter/slider variations; both fringe average, but has some feel with each. Likes the cutter in to LHH and slider glove side to RHH. Curveball shows 12-to-6 break with some snap, but inconsistent; showed more feel, consistency in middle innings; has some hand speed; chance for it to get to average. Changeup might be his best secondary; inconsistent action and below-average feel, but showed ability to create some dive/bottom; deception with the arm action plays it up and should get to average. Overall, he is around the zone a lot, but with below-average command. Gives up a lot of contact and lacks a real swing-and-miss pitch. Made some adjustments third time through the lineup; needs to focus in on one breaking ball and improve consistency with the changeup. Maintains his velocity and has a chance to be a back-end of the rotation guy, but ultimately I see the command/control profile and feel for secondary bumping him into a bullpen role, where he could go multiple innings and see his velo play up.