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Clayton Schrader – RHP
Schrader is a relief pitcher all the way. He has a top-shelf arsenal, but there are a few concerns when it comes to his performance on the field. Command and Control will forever be the bane of his existence. He has consistently struggled with both throughout his minor league career. Bowie has proven to be a struggle, as the competition has caught up to his talent level and he is now learning more how to pitch and not just rely on a bombshell fastball. At this point, I think Schrader may be just what he is, but there is potential that some minor improvements could lead to better results.
Below is a scouting report of Schrader, using the 20-80 scouting scale:
Physical: Not very big, standing only 5’11” at 200 lbs. Does not scream athlete, but is not by any means out of shape.
Mechanics/Delivery: Effort in his delivery, which puts some extra pressure on his back, neck and arm. 3/4 arm slot.
Fastball: 60; Plus offering working 92-95 mph. Heavy life, but struggles to command.
Slider: 50; 82-85 mph with strong tilt and good deception against right-handed hitters. Sometimes will drag the arm, dipping the pitch into the dirt. This pitch can be hard and deadly, acting as his main strikeout tool.
Curveball/Change up: 40; Throws a curve and change in the low 80’s. Both lack deception and often hang. Mostly change-of-pace pitches.
OFP: 50; Middle reliever
Realistic Role: 40; Minor league depth
Risk Factor: High; Has hit a brick wall at AA-Bowie, struggling with command and control along with durability issues.