BLUF: Inning eater with solid stuff and easy number four starter potential.
The Player: Taylor Jungmann (RHP, Milwaukee Brewers) – Jungmann was a highly decorated college pitcher with plenty of big game experience at Texas before being drafted 12th overall by the Brewers in 2011. After signing at the deadline, he made his official debut with High-A Brevard County (FSL) this year and has posted a 3.51 ERA in 16 starts, allowing 89 hits in 95 innings, walking 27 and fanning 62.
Basis of Report: Compilation – Industry Contacts
Body (6-6, 220): Extra-large frame. Great length with good strength throughout. Solid athlete with good coordination and controlled body movements. Physical/imposing presence on the field.
Delivery/Mechanics: Easy, almost effortless delivery. Ball jumps out of his hand and gets on hitters quickly thanks to ease of delivery and extra extension out front. Repeats delivery well and uses same arm slot consistently. High-3/4 arm slot that gives great angle to the plate. Lots of arms and legs that can add deception. Past concerns about effort in delivery continue to dissipate.
Fastball (FB) Velocity (Wind-up): High – 96, Low – 90, Average – 91-92, Grade – 50/50
Fastball (FB) Velocity (Stretch): High – 96, Low 90, Average 91-92, Grade – 50/50
Fastball (FB) Movement: Good natural life including some sink down in the zone. Tremendous angle to the plate gives the appearance of added movement. Shows occasional run on the ball but nothing controlled or deliberate. Grade – 60/60
Overall Fastball: Has true plus velo in the tank but works w/ solid-average to above-average velocity most of the time. Natural life and angle help velocity play up and make FB difficult to square. Can induce ground balls with FB alone. Solidly above-average pitch that could top out as a plus pitch thanks to combination of movement, angle, velocity and the way he attacks with it. Grade – 50/60
Slider (SL): Shows good two-plane break with tight spin and some darting action down and away from RHH. Has improved consistency of SL since 2011 and will throw pitch at any time in an at-bat. Average pitch now that should be above-average with more refinement. Needs to develop ability to locate pitch out of the zone as chase pitch. Grade – 50/50
Change-up (CH): Clear third pitch that still lacks feel and command. Flashes fringe-average CH at times with more sink than fade. Generally well-below-average to below-average. Could be reliable pitch against LHH with improved command. Grade – 30/40
Control: Throws strikes consistently with FB and SL. Control of CH is improving. Has smoothed out delivery which lends to better strike-throwing profile. Pounds the lower third of the zone with FB at his best. Should have outstanding control profile with few walks. Grade – 60/70
Command: Command can be spotty at times, particularly with SL and CH. FB command to edges of plate is very good. Must learn how and when to elevate four-seam FB for maximum effectiveness. Improved control profile helps command profile. Should have solid-average or slightly better command at his peak. Grade – 40/50
Summation: Solid-average arsenal overall. FB plays up because of angle and extension out front, allowing the ball to jump at hitters. Needs to improve with nuances of pitching, including setting hitters up better. SL has made strides and is a reliable pitch that can at least force ground ball outs, if not miss a ton of bats. CH may never be average but should be usable. Bulldog competitor that doesn’t back down on the mound. Great mound presence. Has raw ingredients to be a solid back-of-the-rotation starter, possible number four with inning-eating potential.
Relative Risk: Low. Durable innings eater with little developmental time needed.
Future: Will likely be ready for Double-A challenge by the end of the 2012 season. May only need another year in the minor leagues and could be ready for a sneak peak in September 2013. Should settle into the back of the Milwaukee rotation and eat innings for several years.