Jose A. Ferrer
Ferrer signed with the Nationals for just $80K in 2017. The Dominican lefty went out and dominated in the DSL last summer, pitching 14 outings in relief and striking out 53 hitters in just 30 innings pitched. While complex-level stats don’t often tell the full story–his strikethrowing and feel for spin likely led to those results more than massively projectable stuff–the degree Ferrer found a way to miss bats is notable. He lacks the physicality or tools for a FV 40 projection right now, though advanced pitchability from the left side as a 19-year-old puts him in the 35+ Follow tier.
Ferrer is a squat 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, already fairly physically mature throughout. His fastball touches 93 mph at best but loses velocity quickly, settling in the 88-to-90 mph range. He snaps off a shapely 71-to-74 mph curveball with long, diagonal slant across the zone that’s hard for lefties to stay in on. Ferrer mixes his two pitches well and keeps both around the zone. He’s a low-probability longshot, likely finishing closer to bullpen fill than a legitimate prospect. We’re keeping an eye out for how Ferrer’s body and stuff develop as he moves to higher levels.