Johan Oviedo

Position: RHSP
Level: Class A
Affiliate: Peoria Chiefs
League: Midwest League
Born: 03/02/1998 (Age: 25)
Height: 6'6''
Weight: 210
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: Signed as international free agent, 7/2/2016

Prospect Spotlight

The Cuban righty signed for a $1.9M bonus in 2016. He struggled mightily with his control early last season in the Midwest League, adjusting to the level and pitching to a 3.06 ERA over his last 13 appearances. Oviedo is a physical specimen at 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds, an imposing frame with well-proportioned features. The fastball has touched as high as 97 mph in the past and still reaches the mid-90s at times, but his velocity wavered last year as he pressed to throw strikes. Oviedo’s mechanics are clean but he isn’t very athletic, leading to issues repeating and commanding the lower-third of the zone. His secondary pitches are similarly inconsistent, flashing sharp action on a curve and changeup at times but completely losing feel for both offerings at others. Just 21-years-old, Oviedo is all projection but has interesting tools and time on his side. He’s a high-variance prospect, one that could make a big jump up or fall off the map depending on how much he can turn tools into performance.