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Anthony DeSclafani
Birthdate: 4/18/1990 (26 y, 11 m, 5 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-2/195     Position: P
Drafted: 2011 June Amateur Draft - Round: 6, Pick: 18, Overall: 199, Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Contract: $0.5M / 1 Years (2016)
RotoWire News: DeSclafani will be shut down for four weeks with a UCL sprain, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. (3/13/2017)
Injury: Elbow, Day-to-Day
Profiles:  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Strikeouts minus walks numbers don't love DeSclafani, as he was just about average there, just inside the top seventy qualified pitchers. Velocity numbers don't love DeSclafani, as his 92.9 mph on his fastball was less than a tick over average. Ground ball rate doesn't love DeSclafani, as he owns a below-average ground ball rate and his grounders-per-flies rate was barely inside the top 50. Spin rate doesn't love DeSclafani, as his fastballs and curveballs both have well-below-average spin. It's not obvious what's to like! Here's one thing, though: his spin rate is really low on the sinker and curve, and that may be a decent pairing, as they might look similar and increase deception. He got a 16% whiff rate on that curve, decidedly above the league's 12% average. His slider was also above average. His change always had above-average movement and a poor velocity gap, so when DeSclafani's new knuckle curve made the pitch his third offering, and he responded by throwing the change hard and disguising it better, it became an average pitch by results. All of his pitches are decent, especially in tandem. Now scan back up to all those negative things we said... and refocus all of them as "above-average." He's above average in basically every way. Not plus. Above-average. Let's just say I don't believe a projection that has him as average or below. Not since he found that curveball, not now. (Eno Sarris)

The Quick Opinion: DeSclafani's change has always had good movement, but it's been better since it became his last pitch, thanks to finding a new knuckle curve. Now he has three non-fastballs that were above-average by whiffs last year, and the movement and velocities to support those results. He's not elite. But he's above average.

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