Scouting Joey Wentz, LHP, Rome Braves

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Hey guys, arms week continues in my area (Asheville, Greenville, Hickory), one top flight pitcher after another is throwing this week.  Monday was Alec Hansen, Tuesday Dane Dunning, Wednesday Riley Pint vs Bernardo Flores (unfortunately I missed this one).  And last night was Joey Wentz.  Still to come are Ian Anderson and Bryse Wilson.

Here’s my look at Joey Wentz.

Wentz- Age 19, listed 6’5″ 210 lbs, bats and throws left.  He was drafted 40th overall in the 2016 draft by the Braves out of high school in Prairie Village, KS (Kansas City Metro).

Wentz is long and lean, 6’5″ 210 lbs looked accurate.  Plenty of projection here, conservatively he could add another 15-20 lbs of muscle.  He stands on the 3rd base side of the rubber and utilizes a high 3/4 release point.  The delivery is fairly low effort and buttery smooth, for a big man he repeats very well (that’s often a large hurdle for tall pitchers with long limbs and speaks to Wentz’s athleticism).  He gets to a very good plane on his pitches.

Wentz’s fastball mostly sat 90-91 , there were a few at 92 also a few at 88 and 89.  When he finishes the pitch, it’s coming down hill and isn’t easy to elevate.  He held the velo throughout his 5 innings. (50 current), if the pitch stabilizes at 90-93 MPH (55)  if he gets back into the mid 90’s like he was as an amateur (60).

The fastball will play up because of the angle he gets to.  And should play up further as I think command will be a strength.  He’s already pretty consistent arm side.

Wentz’s 11/5 curve sat 76-78, they had nice shape and good bite, he buried many of them and got some awkward swings.  Not easy to pick up out of hand.  55

Wentz’s change sat 76-79 and flashed good sink but many just stayed pretty straight and were just a change of pace pitch.  He did a nice job selling the pitch mimicking the arm speed of the fastball. 45

Pitch Mix:  Wentz was working off of the fastball all night 70% with both secondaries coming in around 15%.

Conclusion: I enjoyed watching Wentz work, the consistency he’s already showing with delivery and release was amazing.  It’s a nice 3 pitch mix, the 2nd time through last night the righties were getting some pretty good swings against him.  He’s going to need the change up to get more consistent to keep them off of the fastball.  The potential is there for #2 starter if the fastball gets back to the mid 90’s (without any added effort) and the change tightens, 60,60,55 with + command.

I’ll be seeing Rome again tomorrow and Monday.  There will be write ups on Ian Anderson, Bryse Wilson, Christian Pache and Derian Cruz.

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