Scouting Lucas Humpal, RHP Delmarva

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Hey guys, last night was opening night in minor league baseball and I took a run down to Fluor Field in Greenville to see the Drive take on the Delmarva Shorebirds.  On the mound for Delmarva was RHP, Lucas Humpal.

Humpal- Age 23, listed 6’3″ 180 lbs.  Humpal was drafted in the 9th round of the 2016 draft out of Texas State Univ.

I thought on the field Humpal  was more 6’1″ possibly 6’2″ the 180 lbs looks right, there is some projection left.  There’s effort in the delivery but he’s athletic and he repeats it well.  His release point is high 3/4 and remained consistent all night.  He’s got a fast arm, with clean arm action and release.  There is some fall off toward 1st base.

The fastball- 90-93 (94) with sink, he maintained his velo throughout his 6 innings for the most part though he was more on the low end as the game wore on.

The curve- 76-80 is tight with a sharp break 12-6 variety and Humpal has a lot of confidence in it and will throw it in any count to lefties or righties and can pound the zone or bury.  He got some swing and miss and froze a few hitters also generated a lot of weak contact.

Change- 82-83 I only saw a few, all to lefties. Definitely saw some fade, he did a nice job mimicking the arm speed of the fastball.

Sequencing- There was a lot of fastball early 75%, by the end he was closer to 60% with 35% curve.

Control/command I thought he did a nice job all night putting the curve where he wanted it, either dropping in at the knees or burying it to both sides of the plate.  The fastball command is a little more fringy.

Conclusion: I enjoyed watching Humpal, particularly the curve ball that’s a weapon.  It’s a relief profile for me but it’s 8th inning stuff a nice find for the Orioles in the 9th round.

Next up at Notes I’ll be writing up position players Bobby Dalbec (3B, Greenville) and Ryan McKenna (CF, Delmarva) These should land tomorrow.

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Shaun Anderson RHP, Greenville, scouting report

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Hey guys I took a run down to Fluor field last night to see the Drive take on the Delmarva Shorebirds.  It’s great to have baseball back it’s been a long Winter.  The Drive SP was Shaun Anderson.

Anderson age 22, is listed at 6’4″ 225 lbs, bats and throws right.  He was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2016 draft by the Red Sox out of the univ of FL where he was primarily the closer.

Anderson’s a big, tall, well filled out right hander. I guessed 6’5″ 230 lbs on the field.  He has a simple, low effort delivery that he repeats well. He utilizes a 3/4 release point that remained consistent all night.  He finishes with his momentum carrying him toward home plate (no fall off toward 1st base) and finishes in good fielding position.

The fastball: sat 91-93 early with minimal sink, by the 3rd inning he was 90-91 and by the 5th he was 88-89.

The Cutter: 87-89 early, 85-86 by 5th.  Looked a lot like the harder sliders, good bite. He has confidence in the pitch used it in every situation.

The Slider: 83-85 early, 82-83 late.  Two plane break, sweeping 3 to 7-8 action.  With the harder sliders the dip wasn’t as evident.

The Change: 80-83, on the high end early and the low end late.  Not just for lefties, some sink.

Sequencing: Anderson was 70% fastballs 1st time through with 15% cutters, 10% sliders and 5% change.  That stayed pretty consistent all night.

Command/control: Everything was up in the 1st inning, the 2nd and 3rd innings were his best, consistently hitting both corners and down.  By innings 4 and 5 he was definitely control over command.

Conclusion:  Anderson is a big sturdy guy with a repeatable delivery and 4 average or better pitches I thought his best pitches were the fastball and cutter each were 55 for me, the slider and change I would put at league average.  As close to a slam dunk major leaguer as you can get in A Ball.  As a starter there’s nothing plus and he’ll likely struggle to put away hitters at the next level.  The fastball could play up in shorter stints.  The velo loss was a little concerning but there were some caveats.  He was a pen arm in college who’s being stretched out, it was opening night and it was cold in Greenville.  Based on what I saw he’s got #4 starter upside or a 7th inning pen arm with the later being more likely. If they decide to put him in the pen he should move quickly.   I’ll see a lot of Greenville this year if he shows he’s able to hold his velo later into games I’ll update this.

Up next is a look at the Delmarva starter Lucas Humpal

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