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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stats current as of August 22nd