Victor Arano

Position: RHRP
Level: Double-A
Affiliate: Reading Fightin' Phils
League: Eastern League
Born: 02/07/1995 (Age: 28)
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 200
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: Signed as international free agent 4/4/14 (LAD); Acquired 8/28/14 (PHI)

Prospect Spotlight

I was able to see this reliever pitch two hitless innings and striking out three on August 18. Arano is fully developed, with a strong, durable frame. He’s a power arm with plus to double-plus arm strength, and he’s a strike-thrower who isn’t afraid to attack hitters aggressively in the zone. His fastball is plus, coming in at 91-to-96 mph, but he pitches mostly at 93 mph with average command. He should settle at plus to double-plus velo at maturity. The pitch has run, bore and ride with late life, and it’s a swing-and-miss offering. His slider is above average at 82-to-85 mph, with tilt, depth and deception, and he’ll use it versus right-handed hitters. He also throws a plus circle changeup at 86-to-87 mph, with average separation from the fastball, and with hard fade and splitter-like action and late dive, and he’ll use it versus left-handed hitters. His overall control profile is above average, with a 2.45 BB/9 in 2017, following up a 2016 split between High A Clearwater and Reading, where he showed plus control (2.14 BB/9). Arano has a projectable three-pitch mix of plus pitches, and he’s a plus strike-thrower who can commands all three pitches. He has the potential to be a Role 60 top set-up man or occasional closer, and there’s a chance he could get called up as early as this year’s September roster expansion for a big league test.