Too much loss in value too fast means problems…Arm action can’t often be altered
Group: 2 | Round: 3 | Role 46
Look: at UCLA 4/21/16 –
Started and worked 1.2 innings before being pulled
Sam Monroy (@Socal_prospects) April 22, 2016
35th overall pick in 2013 Draft (Marlins) didnt sign – Post-draft MRI revealed a slight tear in his pitching shoulder – Tommy John Freshman year at Oregon (2014)
Needed a strike zone the size of hula hoop at UCLA
Heavy SD presence including GM, at least two other scouting directors. Goes 2S, 3rd Rd to a team w/ extra picks or strong farm system that can take a risk… not for the faint of heart
At first glance reminds me of nasty boy Randy Myers? Fairly Athletic, strong lower half
LHP pumping a low-mid-90s FB w/ life. CB/Slider offers a violent break that will make hitters look bad
Arm action doesnt jive, unable to throw the ball to specific quadrants of the strikezone
Future Role: 46 – Reliver
I don’t expect to see big results soon but theres something to be said for his ability to miss bats. For a team building a Royals-esq building there’s a low/mid-90s fastball and hard CB/Slider that could make him effective in short bursts. Lack of dependable command limits opportunity for a more meaningful role.
High like blowing money on a used car without a warranty
Red Flag Indicators
1. Health History
2. K/BB Ratio
3. Suspect Arm Action
Check the price tag, stock falling fast, teams red flagging. Should return to school, work on craft and prove he is healthy, capable starter could drive value up. Risky move though…
Doesnt add up to a million dollar arm, I would take in 3rd RD….negotiate underslot deal….if I’m feeling charitable in the mid $300k-$400k…. If won’t budge, walk away — you may find him suddenly more flexible or you get a compensation pick in 2017.
Career Path Prediction
Trading ball caps and team jerseys, teams will always be aggressive about acquiring left handed pitching. Starts out as starter in Minors before succumbing to reliever…If health holds up there’s enough physical talent to reach the major leagues.…health and pitching coach will be key.
Does he have a 3rd pitch?
does being effectively wild count?? I’d rather have him focus on FB/CB combo for short burst as reliever
Swing n miss stuff?
yes…plus hitters struggle to square him up
Can he turn the lineup 3 times?
no….inconsistency will put organization in position to seek upgrade
Can he perform on demand?
would hesitate to use with game on the line…lacks consistency to be relied upon in high leverage situations
Pitching Mechanics endangering his arm?
concerned w/ timing. Forearm is not in the proper position at foot strike. That timing problem will tend to increase the distance, and thus the force, with which arm rotates and increases the stress on both the elbow and the shoulder.
looks fierce and or like wincing in pain
conveys toughness, dealt w/ elbow injury and the subsequent recovery process
the struggle is real…concerned with emotional and mental state. Really exhausts himself as he comes to a set, too much focus on routine..it’s not sustainable as starter
can sit mid-90s in bursts, late life – some effort
thrown hard, tight rotation, sharp bite
n/a didn’t see it
BB/IP ratio will give you nightmares
The Final Bite
Matt Krook is like buying a used Car, there will always be market for a left handed pitchers but make sure to check its service records its reliability and its efficiency because theres no warranty here. A famous trick is to detail the heck out of a car to make it look new, without fixing big problems. So check for horrible noises (see video below, turn sound on and pay attention for noises) Still, it’s a good idea to have your mechanic/technician look at this arm
Debates and Discussions
are faults correctable? is the margin for error is too great to overcome? healthy? starter or reliver?….Opinions will vary significantly.