Scouting grades: Fastball: 65 | Slider: 55 | Control: 55 | Overall: 45
A 14th-round Draft selection by the D-backs out of Dallas Baptist in 2016, Poche was dealt to the Rays in May 2018 as the PTBNL from the offseason Steven Souza trade. He was already having a breakout campaign when the Rays acquired him, and that only continued after the trade. The best reliever in the Minors in 2018, Poche recorded a 0.82 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and .151 BAA in 66 innings (40 appearances) between Double-A and Triple-A. What's more, the left-hander racked up 110 strikeouts (against 19 walks), fanned 45.6 percent of his batters faced and averaged 15.0 strikeouts-per-nine. No Minor League pitcher with as many innings recorded a better strikeout rate in 2018 than Poche.
The left-hander racks up most of his whiffs with a fastball that sits at 92-94 mph on the radar gun but plays at a much, much higher effective velocity thanks to a high spin rate and because Poche's delivery and arm action are both highly deceptive. He hides the ball extremely well and gets considerable extension over his front side, leaving hitters with little time to pick up the ball out of his hand. Poche also throws an above-average slider with late, horizontal action, and both offerings play up because he commands them well.
Poche may not have prototypical late-inning stuff, but it's not going to keep him from emerging as a bullpen force at the highest level. His ability to miss bats and generate weak contact against hitters on both sides of the plate is elite, and those traits, as well as his ability to cover multiple innings, give him huge upside as a fireman reliever.
Statcast - Pitching
Hard Hit %
Tampa Bay Rays selected the contract of LHP Colin Poche from Durham Bulls.
Tampa Bay Rays invited non-roster LHP Colin Poche to spring training.
LHP Colin Poche assigned to Durham Bulls from Montgomery Biscuits.
Arizona Diamondbacks traded LHP Colin Poche and RHP Sam McWilliams to Tampa Bay Rays.
LHP Colin Poche assigned to Montgomery Biscuits.
LHP Colin Poche assigned to Jackson Generals from Visalia Rawhide.
LHP Colin Poche assigned to Arizona Diamondbacks.
LHP Colin Poche assigned to Salt River Rafters.
LHP Colin Poche assigned to Visalia Rawhide from Kane County Cougars.
LHP Colin Poche assigned to Visalia Rawhide from Hillsboro Hops.
LHP Colin Poche assigned to Hillsboro Hops.
Arizona Diamondbacks signed LHP Colin Poche.