2018 FARMHAND CROP: Matthew Liberatore

Matthew Liberatore

Matthew Liberatore – Bottom Line

Scouting

Athleticism

Listed at 6’5″, 200 lbs. Left-hander. Looks athletic for his height, could add a good deal of muscle if he wants to, he’s a beanpole right now. Seems timid at times.

Fastball (50/60) – Sits 89-94 mph, Touches 96

Can really pound the fastball down in the zone. Comes at hitters with a good downhill angle. Doesn’t have much (if any) horizontal movement. Can struggle with control at times.

Curveball (55/65) – 70-75 mph

Good spin, good bend on the curve. Can throw the big banana for a strike. Has a good feel for the curveball already, which is impressive for a prep. Can throw it for strikes early to get ahead, or he can bury it as an out-pitch. Could be a real weapon.

Changeup (40/55) – 81-84 mph

Didn’t see it on tape. Will need to at the CH or the SL to fill out his arsenal.

Slider (45/50) – 83 mph

Didn’t see it on tape. Will need to add the CH or SL to fill out his arsenal.

Command (40/55)

Can throw the fastball for strikes and can pound the zone low. Can get the curve over for strikes early in the count, or he can use it as a strikeout pitch. Will need to work on folding in the other secondaries. Also needs to work on being a ‘bulldog’ on the mound, attacking hitters.

Stats

Level

He’s made 8 starts and pitched 27.2 innings in the GCL for the Rays. TB just promoted him to A-Full Season ball.

Stuff

10.41 K/9 in Rookie-level ball. His arsenal is clicking in professional ball so far, this is an excellent start for an 18-year-old.

Command

BB/9 is 3.58, K/BB is 2.91. I like to look for 3.0+ K/BB guys, and Liberatore is right on the cusp of that. His 0.98 WHIP and .170 batting average against shows that Rookie-level batters are really having a hard time squaring him up.

SEE ALSO:

Scouting report from John Eshelman of 2080 Baseball.

Stats current as of August 22nd

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