- Full name Anthony J. DeSclafani
- Born 04/18/1990 in Freehold, NJ
- Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 195 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Florida
- Debut 05/14/2014
Drafted in the 6th round (199th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011 (signed for $250,000).
View Draft ReportThe 6-foot-2, 195-pound DeSclafani throws hard at 93-96 mph out of the bullpen with surprising feel for a slider. DeSclafani's control is short and his fastball flattens out, and despite his big stuff and loose arm, he gets hit hard.
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Traded by the Blue Jays to the Marlins with Justin Nicolino and Henderson Alvarez, DeSclafani received the first shot to replace injured ace Jose Fernandez but could not lock down the spot and worked in relief exclusively during his September callup. He now heads to the Reds along with Chad Wallach for Mat Latos. DeSclafani pitches off a hard four-seam fastball that parks at 92-94 mph when he's at his best. He can get groundballs with a two-seamer in the low 90s, and his hard 81-85 mph slider earns average grades for its velocity and late three-quarters tilt. DeSclafani does it all from an easy delivery and pounds the bottom of the zone. He doesn't miss many bats with his slider, though it has improved, and he needs to use and develop his fringe-average changeup, which is too firm and lacks separation. After sticking with the slider for a while, he reintroduced the curve and began throwing it regularly in the Arizona Fall League. If he can throw four pitches for strikes, he would give the Reds a potential No. 4 starter, and he'll compete for a rotation spot this spring.
DeSclafani worked out of the pen for much of his career at Florida, with results that never matched his stuff. Though he was overshadowed by Jake Marisnick, Justin Nicolino and Henderson Alvarez in the 12-player blockbuster that sent veterans Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle to Toronto, he has proven to be much more than a throw-in. It all begins with attitude for DeSclafani, who burns to win and won't back down to anyone. His plus fastball has late life and sits 90-93 mph, reaching 95-96 when he needs a little extra. He gets nice downward angle on it and pounds the lower part of the zone, locating the pitch on the outside edge against righties. His best offspeed pitch is an above-average power slider, which he has tightened up to get a shorter, quicker break. He'll mix in an inconsistent curve as well, mostly for show. His straight changeup grades as average with a little fade to it and late action. He's aggressive and commands his top three pitches well, particularly the fastball. DeSclafani's ceiling is that of a durable, strike-throwing No. 3 or 4 starter, though he also has the makeup and mindset of a closer. If there's no room in Miami's rotation when he's ready, he could break in as a spot starter or long reliever.
Minor League Top Prospects
DeSclafani has made quick progress while adjusting back to starting after shifting to the bullpen in his final two seasons at Florida. He aired out his fastball up to 97 mph in college as a reliever, and he has maintained good velocity as a pro starter, sitting 90-94 and touching 96 regularly. He holds that velocity fairly deep into games, and because he relies on his two-seamer heavily he gets plenty of groundballs. DeSclafani?s slider is his second-best pitch, though it?s more of a groundball pitch than a swing-and-miss two-plane breaking ball. Scouts grade the slider as average and his change as fringe-average, but his change generally has sink and complements his fastball. DeSclafani?s arm works well and he pounds the zone. His stuff would play up in the bullpen, but he?s efficient enough and gets enough groundballs to profile as a back-end starter.