- Full name Viktor Vecerka
- Born 05/16/2000 in Brno, Czech Republic
- Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 215 / Bats: L / Throws: L
TRACK RECORD: Scouts German Robles and Juan Indriago quickly identified Lara as a priority target for the Nationals in the 2019 international signing class, and international director Johnny DiPuglia liked what he saw in the loose-limbed power pitcher as well. The Nationals signed him for $1.25 million on July 2. Lara focused on a throwing program and drills before starting a mound progression in mid-August. He pitched in instructional league and then for seven weeks at Dominican instructs.
SCOUTING REPORT: The 16-year-old Lara quickly won over club officials who saw him for the first time in Florida. His fastball was clocked at 92-95 mph. He has an advanced feel for pitching and repeats his delivery well for someone his age. He has a power curveball and can manipulate its depth and velocity. He has the makings of a changeup, and he throws all his pitches with a downhill angle. Lara has a strong and durable pitcher’s frame. He’s a confident young pitcher with a fluid delivery.
THE FUTURE: It’s easy to dream on Lara, who is slated to start his first pro season in extended spring training. He has a chance to pitch in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League before the end of the season and has the ingredients to emerge as a breakout prospect.