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Randy Pondler Scouting Report — LHP, Toronto Blue Jays

Prospect: Randy Pondler
Position: Left-Handed Pitcher
Organization: Toronto Blue Jays
Height/Weight: 6’2”, 160 lbs.
Bats/Throws: L/L
Age/DOB: 21 (November 8, 1996)
Acquired/Hometown: Int’l FA (Laguna de Perlas, Nicaragua)
Date(s) Seen: March 26, 2018 @ Pittsburgh Pirates (MiLB)

Fastball 88-91 … Cutter 85-88 … Changeup 75-77.

Works from the third base side; nearly full overhand release with spine tilt throughout; downhill plane, but struggles to get on top of the ball consistently; life plays up when he does get on top and release out front … Very difficult to parse out his repertoire; along with a few Toronto Blue Jays teammates of his charting behind the plate in my look, we collectively had a great deal of difficulty figuring out what he was throwing at times. Seems to work with a fastball/cutter combo, or predominantly only with a cutter that he can then put a little on and take a little off .. Tendency to get around the ball and cast it to the plate, hence the natural cut action to his ball; natural cut with some surprising depth at times, definitely gets off a single plane when he throws it right. Fairly tight cut with sharp, relatively late movement, but a couple will spin out bigger almost like a slider. Pitch seems effective getting in to RHH, especially when he throws it hard and down … Changeup doesn’t do much, but gives modest run to arm-side which serves as a decent change of pace to cutter/fastball look to glove-side … Never appeared to show a true breaking ball in my limited look during spring training; bears watching, as I don’t think I got the full repertoire.

Difficult to give a full projection considering I didn’t see enough of Randy Pondler; the Blue Jays named him pitcher of the year at rookie-level Bluefield in 2017 after he started 11 games and finished 4-1 with a 2.51 ERA, so surely something good enough in the repertoire that suggests more than what I saw. Some pitchability and life here for sure; young guy with arm strength who has a shot as an under-the-radar prospect for the Toronto Blue Jays.

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