Friday, August 14, 2009

Prospecting: Adalberto Flores

2009 PROFILE: 2008 Free agent sign, Puerto Rico. 6.7 230, RH setup. Appears to throw a heavy fastball, possilbly a sinker, but also gets a crazy amount of S&M with it and works low in the strike zone when he's on. It must have some late movement or a little deception to it or both. Throws effectively inside, and hits both corners for strikes. Also throws a curve that can be a S&M pitch as well but he also can throw it for strikes and bury it in the dirt. Averages about 12.3 SO/9. Appears to get into some trouble when he throws too many strikes or gets the FB up in the zone a bit. No info on the state of his changeup but his #s against lefties (.212, 37SO/25IP)) are better than against RHH (.282) so he must have a pretty good one.

I'm guessing that they remade him after last season, ditching his 4-seam for a 2-seam as his primary pitch as his GO/AO ratio went from .62 in 2008 to 1.65 in 2009 and hits H/9 increased from 7.29 to 8.62. The change also saw his walk rate decline from 3.57 to 3.26. Now, I'm not necessarily sold on a sinkerball guy (if that is what he is) turning into a setup man but he has swing and miss stuff so it could happen and that is his ceiling.



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