Vader had not pitched above the GCL prior to his 2012 season with Aberdeen, where he mad 13 starts. He pitched 70.1 innings for the IronBirds and walked only 24 batters.
At 6′ 4″, 175 lbs., Vader has lots of room too fill out. He’s still young and how successful he’ll be depends on whether or not his 88-91 mph fastball sees an increase in velocity as he fills out and gets stronger.
At this stage, Vader’s slider is inconsistent, but an above-average pitch at times. It’s extremely effective when located down in the zone but he hangs it quite often. His mechanics present no major red flags and he has the frame to become a durable, innings eater.
With Vader, you have a raw pitcher, but one who has the tools and talent to break through in a big way once he has matured physically.
He pitched well at Aberdeen and should open 2013 as part of Delmarva’s rotation.