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Andrew Tomasovich Scouting Report, Oakland Athletics — January, 2018

Full Name: Andrew Weber Tomasovich
DOB: September 24, 1993 (24)
Birthplace: Charlotte, NC
School: Charleston Southern University
Acquired: 21st Round, 2015 MLB Draft
Height, Weight: 6’4”, 215 lbs.
Position: LHP
Bats/Throws: L/L
Dates Observed: 2017 — May 29; July 5, August 16
Affiliate(s): Stockton Ports (High-A, Oakland Athletics)
Previous Reports: None

Tool (PV/FV)
Notes & Comments
Fastball (50/55)
Deceptively hard fastball thanks to quirky mechanics and delivery; considerable arm-side run with some fade down and in to LHH from a very low arm slot. Still heavy with boring action when overthrown; will run in on LHH without sink there. Considerably better command feel to arm-side with fastball than to glove-side; struggles to get out and release in front at times. Below-average command of the pitch in general, but just enough of a strike thrower to survive as effectively wild. At its best, difficult to square up and makes for some uncomfortable at-bats for hitters, particularly LHH. Improved command would go a long way to establishing zone early and allowing off-speed to really flourish. Velocity: 90-94.

Slider (40/45)
Big, sweeping slider with 10-to-4 action that can occasionally get too horizontal; some depth at its best, particularly when commanded down in the zone and to glove-side. As with fastball, slider action from low arm slot makes for a tough pitch for LHH; sweeping action with speed differential and spin makes slider a modest wipeout pitch there. Room left to improve on control/command and execution, but slider makes for a pretty good look in a situational role against LHH to draw weak contact and poor swings. Velocity: 75-79.

Changeup (50/55)
Interesting pitch; so much late downward tumble that I wondered whether it was a splitter the first few times I saw it. Very good arm action with arm speed that sells the pitch; generally indistinguishable out of the hand with lots of downward life that comes late and is enough to miss bats at its best, or draw consistently weak contact. Gives him a weapon to neutralize RHH along with fastball; sneaky-good pitch with potential to become above-average off-speed look. Velocity: 79-83.

Command (35/40)
Poor command and control; wild within the zone with all three pitches; missing too often out of the zone, particularly side to side with fastball and slider. Tendency to be effectively wild, though, which plays up ability to miss bats and draw weak contact; command and control both get better when he pitches with intention. Command profile is probably good enough for relief work in future, but it could still stand to improve so he’s able to consistently work high-leverage innings.

Low three-quarters/nearly sidearm gun slinger with very unique mechanics throughout. Hard driver to the plate through his lower half; release points and arm action will constantly change due to both purposeful deception and inconsistent mechanical repetition. Sidewinder who nearly turns his back to the plate up to balance point; particularly deceptive against LHH with ball hidden quite a while and release point out behind them far to first base side. Tall follow through with jump at the end makes for finishing touch on weird, unique, deceptive and uncomfortable mechanics that could make him a decent option as a situational lefty one day.

Appears to have dealt with some injuries the last couple years; was old for the level finishing 2017 at High-A Stockton as a 24-year-old; nevertheless, could move relatively quickly as short-stint lefty situational arm who needs to do just one thing: consistently get LHH out. Likely an undervalued commodity at this point — if I were a pro scout, I’d recommend him as an under-the-radar acquisition who might come cheap; he may never see big league time, but he’s quirky enough with potential as a situational lefty that it might be worth a shot at the right price.

OFP (45 FV)
Perhaps a bit high FV as a set-up man at ceiling, but Andrew Tomasovich has lively, nasty stuff at his best and could slot into a realistic role as a left-handed situational reliever in time. There’s a chance here for him to move quickly in 2018 after finishing strong last summer with Stockton. Granted, it wouldn’t surprise me much if he turns into organizational depth with the clock ticking — especially if he proves too wild to consistently execute and attack hitters — but there’s enough intrigue here to wonder whether he can put it all together enough to find a job getting lefties out for a few years to come. Well worth following to Double-A Midland in 2018. MLB ETA: 2019.

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