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DOB: 12/1/1992 (Age: 20)
Height/Weight: 6’3”, 195
Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (Spring Valley HS, S.C.)
Scouting Notes: Guerrieri signed just before the Aug. 15 deadline and didn’t make his professional debut until this past season; right-hander was dominant as the top pitcher in the short-season New York-Penn League; registered a 0.87 ERA and .185 BAA with 45/5 K/BB in 52 innings; has the potential to rise quickly through the Rays’ system, but it’s doubtful the organization will accelerate his arrival; could be yet another frontline starter to emerge from 2011 draft class.
The 6’3”, 195-pounder possesses present physical strength and quiet athleticism; strong upper body and broad shoulders leave room for favorable projection; arms works well and the ball leaves his hand well; he can get a little long on the backside and work against his body, though it does create cross-body deception in his delivery.
Despite age and lack of experience, Guerrieri flashes the potential for four above-average-to-plus pitches; two-seam fastball is an excellent pitch in the low-to-mid-90s with considerable weight and late life to the arm side; commands the pitch effectively to both sides of plate; isn’t afraid to challenge both right- and left-handed hitters middle-in; will mix in the occasional four-seam fastball that scrapes 96 to 97 mph.
Plus curveball is a second viable weapon with tight spin, consistent shape and late, downward bite; advanced enough to locate the pitch for strikes and bury it to induce whiffs; changeup is coming along nicely, as is his pitchability; Guerrieri is still technically under the radar, but expect that to change next season when he excels in his full-season debut.