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Andrew Nardi Scouting Report

Left-Handed Pitcher
Moorpark College

Tool (PV/FV)
Notes & Comments
Fastball (50/60)
Good, hard fastball with manageable arm-side run that explodes to the plate out of his hand; free and easy release with ball that jumps on hitters quickly. Commands it well; will change eye levels with it, too. Modest sink at times; plenty of downhill plane from good height and high three-quarters release. Overpowering pitch at this level, but plenty of room to grow and show more velocity with another few years of development; strong, loose arm with plenty of arm speed; some work to clean up longer arm action in the back will improve velo, but lots of raw strength here with which to work. Velocity: 87-92.

Curveball (45/55)
Good, hard, sharp curveball with late break at the plate; 11-to-5 downward action with a little bit of horizontal sweep. Plenty of spin; throws the pitch hard, and will miss bats both from LHH and RHH. Great, consistent depth without tendency to hang it; will finish the pitch and follow through after getting out front to ensure break; consistency here is advanced for this level; will be a good strikeout pitch for him at the next level. Velocity: 73-76.

Slider (35/45)
Tighter, sharper breaking ball almost giving a cutter look at times; not a ton of break, but moves hard and late at the plate; 11-to-5 look at its best with some good depth, but can flatten out. Not as much of a bat-misser and must be used in certain situations for success; enough velocity and late break to occasionally get in on RHH hands. Curveball far and away the better of the two pitches, but workable slider here; would likely improve by being thrown even harder. Velocity: 79-81.

Changeup (30/45)
Not as much feel for the changeup; firm with less life, tail, or depth, and it doesn’t have much of a hump or downward tumble to get off the barrel. Then again, he doesn’t appear to use it much (or need to use it) considering ability to generally overpower competition with fastball/curveball combination. Lowest grade of his repertoire but maybe some of the larger upside here for the next level; admittedly would need to see him throw it more against better competition. Velocity: 76-79.

Command (35/45)
Struggles to consistently pinpoint pitches side to side within the zone; control ahead of command right now. Lots of moving parts that struggle to sync up in long, loose delivery, particularly in the stretch, and some difficulty here in repeating mechanics to get consistent release point. Stuff alone is powerful enough to succeed, but loses compass to the plate and will fight bouts of wildness that come and go in starts. So much upside/projection through his repertoire and body that he’ll get a lot of chances to prove himself as a rotation arm, but he must show it in command profile or else his will be a relief role future.

Looks a lot like Clayton Kershaw (not surprisingly from a young lefty in the Los Angeles area, that’s the player Andrew Nardi models his game after); tall, long, and lean. High three-quarters release with little exertion; long arm swing in the back with plenty of moving parts through his delivery; lands closed to the plate, aiding deception but sometimes affecting command. Relatively easy-going and low effort, and thus repeatable, but struggles to consistently sync up mechanics and maintain release point. More methodical and deliberate from the stretch, but still a struggle to get arm out in front on time, particularly in quicker slide step through to the plate. Plenty to iron out here to keep him online to target and cut out some of the longer am swing in back.

Good pickoff move to first base; sets on runners very well with varied looks; comfortable holding long sets and making runners/hitters wait it out and get uncomfortable; sets the tempo himself and doesn’t let batters/base runners dictate it. Athletic off the mound; moves well, gains lots of ground with long legs and big steps to the ball when fielding bunts. Very calm, doesn’t panic when fielding his position or out on the mound in general; good athlete with calm, laid-back demeanor who generally doesn’t appear to let surrounding situations get the best of him emotionally. Committed to the University of Arizona if he isn’t selected in the MLB Draft this summer; was a late-round draft pick of the New York Yankees a year ago, but did not sign, when he pitched as a freshman for Ventura College (more about that here).

MLB Draft
Very likely mid- to high-round selection in the 2018 MLB Draft; tons of physical projection and plenty of upside through his frame. Listed at 6’3″, 200 lbs., and actually wouldn’t surprise me if he were slightly taller and thinner. Risk is high with plenty of development ahead, particularly to improve command profile and streamline mechanics, but upside is there with lots of rotation potential if he figures it out; still young here in just his sophomore season, so time for teams to take a chance on development with the Moorpark College arm. Really expect him to sign out of this year’s MLB Draft, and I’ll be surprised if he actually makes his way to the University of Arizona.

OFP (50 FV)
Mid-rotation (#3/#4) arm at ceiling with plenty of upside and lots of remaining physical projection, but plenty of development ahead to streamline mechanics and improve command to a point suitable for a legitimate rotation future. Repertoire will be there with some slight adjustments/developments, but it’s mechanics and command that his success hinges on in pro ball. Undoubtedly a legit rotation prospect if he figures those things out in the first few years in the minor leagues; will fall back into situational/high-leverage relief role as dictated by need if command profile never comes together. All around, though, Andrew Nardi is one of the best CCCAA junior college arms available in this year’s MLB Draft, reflected by several dozen scouts in attendance for each of his starts; assuming good health, he will get a long look in pro ball one way or another. MLB ETA: 2022.

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