Tanner Banks

Position: LHSP
Level: AFL
Affiliate: Glendale Desert Dogs
League: Arizona Fall League
Born: 10/24/1991 (Age: 27)
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 195
B/T: Left / Left
Acquired: 18th Rd., 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (CWS)

Prospect Spotlight

NOTES FROM THE FIELD, ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE:

  • Medium frame, avg width, strong lower-half. 
  • Simple semi-windup; lands closed with little effort; clean extension and balance at finish. In-line circle, easy H3/4 slot.
  • FB 87-91; Won’t overpower, finds ways to speed up FB; consistent armside run; low strikes, polished command. 
  • Cutter 86-88; Shows more to LHH, sweepy gloveside tilt. Another wrinkle that keeps hitters off limited FB velo. 
  • SL 82-83; True SL, short one-plane tilt, tougher slant for LHH to stay in on. 
  • CH 81-84; Fringy pitch, straightens out, inconsistent finish. Limits him in starting role against RHH. 
  • CB 72-74; Flips over a loopy lollipop CB as a mix pitch. Shouldn’t be more than a wrinkle. 
  • Strikethrower, lands all speeds for strikes, sequencing and pitchability are best attributes. Competes. 

SUMMARY: Finesse lefty who pounds the zone and won’t beat himself. Control and pitching IQ get him to big leagues but doesn’t have carry pitch for rotation role. Ceiling of a longman/mopup guy that keeps his team in the game.