Level: Class A
Affiliate: Bowling Green Hot Rods
League: Midwest League
Born: 12/11/1997 (Age: 25)
B/T: Left / Left
Acquired: Signed as international free agent, 9/10/2014 (TAM)
Linares is an athletic lefty with plenty of projection remaining in a wiry 6-foot-2 frame. A quick arm generates mid-90s velocity despite being rail-thin, getting above-average late life from a deceptive low release point. Linares’ best pitch is a sweepy curveball with plus shape and late slant action. He works mostly with those two offerings, still needing to refine his changeup in order to have three pitches. Linares’ control is ahead of his command within the zone, though an enthusing track record of throwing strikes hints at long-term ability to stay in the rotation. He’s a longshot prospect that could develop into a #4/#5 starter if the changeup improves.