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 Post subject: 2015 NYM Draft Round 05, Pick 149: LHP Thomas Szapucki
PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2015 2:30 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 05, Pick 149: LHP Thomas Szapucki
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Turns 19 on Friday. Would be a draft eligible sophomore in two years.


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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 05, Pick 149: LHP Thomas Szapucki
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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 05, Pick 149: LHP Thomas Szapucki
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Even in a strong class of Florida high school pitchers, Szapucki stands out as a lefthander with premium velocity and a quality breaking ball. His fastball has been up to 95 mph this spring and he holds his velocity well, continuing to throw 92-93 mph at the ends of games. His sharp slider has a chance to give him a second plus offering and had the best spin rate of any breaking ball at Perfect Game National, according to TrackMan data. He rarely used his changeup in high school, but when he threw it over the summer it showed the potential to become an average offering with more development. He works around the strike zone, but pitches with more control than command right now. Listed at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, Szapucki has good size for a lefthander. But he throws from a low slot, leading some scouts to see him as a future reliever. Even with that concern, his premium stuff may be enough to entice a team to sign him away from his commitment to Florida.


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Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 40 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45

Anytime a left-handed pitcher can crank his fastball up into the mid-90s, teams are going to take notice. There's no question Szupucki, a prep southpaw from William T. Dwyer High School near Palm Beach, Florida, was opening some eyes this spring.

Szupucki, part of a solid University of Florida recruiting class, has been seen up to 95 mph this season. He'll sit comfortably in the 91-92 mph range and the fastball will have good life to it more often than not. Szapucki backs up the heater with a good slider that should be at least a Major League average offering. He doesn't throw a changeup much, though he's shown some feel for it. He has good deception in his delivery and goes right after hitters.

That delivery is the one thing keeping the left-hander from being a more elite prospect. Szapucki throws with a lot of effort and scouts don't like his arm action, which leads to difficulty repeating his delivery. That said, this kind of arm strength from the left side typically goes early once the Draft comes along.


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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 05, Pick 149: LHP Thomas Szapucki
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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 05, Pick 149: LHP Thomas Szapucki
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Szapucki's slider is one of the more defined signature pitches in the high school class of 2015, thrown hard in the low-80s with excellent two-plane break. He also throws his fastball consistently hard in the low-90s, routinely peaking at 93-94, and his stuff is firm enough for him to challenge batters high in the zone. There's some deception to his delivery as well, making him that much more difficult to hit, and he also throws a polished changeup.

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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 05, Pick 149: LHP Thomas Szapucki
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Two really intriguing larger framed power lefties...what's not to like...

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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 05, Pick 149: LHP Thomas Szapucki
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I think this kid will be a tough sign. Might cost 7 figures.


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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 05, Pick 149: LHP Thomas Szapucki
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According to that first youtube, he's been verbally committed to Florida since after freshman year of high school (vid's from 2012). Hopefully he's not fully locked in there mentally anymore...


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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 05, Pick 149: LHP Thomas Szapucki
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According to that first youtube, he's been verbally committed to Florida since after freshman year of high school (vid's from 2012). Hopefully he's not fully locked in there mentally anymore...



Not a great sign.

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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 05, Pick 149: LHP Thomas Szapucki
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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 05, Pick 149: LHP Thomas Szapucki
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Daniel Wexler ‏@WexlerRules 27m27 minutes ago
Szapucki sounds like he's going to be a very tough sign #Mets
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@WexlerRules He's definitely signing

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