Tyler Gonzales to Blue Jays: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

Mike Rosenbaum@GoldenSombreroMLB Prospects Lead WriterJune 5, 2012

Courtesy of mysanantonio.com
Courtesy of mysanantonio.com

Position: RHP

Height/Weight: 6’2”/180 lbs

Bats/Throws: R/R

DOB: 1/22/1993

High School: James Madison (Texas)

College Commitment: Texas

 

Gonzales possesses one of the more impressive prep arms in the 2012 draft class but hasn’t received the first-round consideration like Lance McCullers Jr., Lucas Giolito or Zach Eflin.

The right-hander’s fastball sits in the 93-95 mph range, though he’ll frequently dig for 97 mph in a given outing. Perhaps what’s even more impressive is the fact that he has demonstrated the ability to maintain low-to-mid-90s velocity deep into games.

Gonzales also features one of the best sliders in the class, which explodes out of his hand at 84-88 mph and generates both late and sharp bite. As one scout told me, Gonzales does have a decent changeup but simply has no need for it at the prep level.

Although he lacks a power pitcher’s frame, Gonzales has a quick, whippy arm and a delivery that caters to his arm action. However, it’s uncertain whether he is being viewed as a future starter or reliever—his two-plus pitches project in both scenarios, though he’d have to develop his changeup (and possibly a fourth pitch) to be a successful starter.

Assuming that Gonzales is developed as a future big-league starter, he could find himself in the major leagues at some point during the 2016 season. As a reliever, the right-hander will surely get there sooner, possibly as a September call-up in late 2014.

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