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Demarcus Evans
Trending: ↑ 8%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 5" 265LBS | Age: 23

Draft: 2015 | Rd: 25, #738, Texas Rangers | Petal (MS) HS
MLB Pipeline Rank
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2020 0 0 9.00 1 0 0 1.0 0 1.00
1 Season 0 0 9.00 1 0 0 1.0 0 1.00
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2020 1 0-0 9.00 1.0 0 1.00
1 Season 1 0-0 9.00 1.0 0 1.00

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2020 TEX AL 4 0 0 9.00 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 0 1.00
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

2020

A product of the Petal (Miss.) High program that sent his cousin Anthony Alford to the big leagues, Evans signed for $100,000 as a 25th-rounder in 2015. He had trouble finding the strike zone as a starter, so the Rangers decided to simplify things by moving him to the bullpen full-time in 2018 -- and the results have been spectacular. He led all Minor League relievers in strikeout rate (16.6 per nine innings) that season and was even better last year, ranking first among them in opponent average (.119) and third in ERA (0.90).

The 93-96 mph velocity on Evans' fastball may be less impressive than its high spin rates and the extension he creates in his delivery with his 6-foot-4 frame, and the combination results in a heater that explodes on hitters with uncanny vertical movement. He can't always harness his curveball, but when he does it's a hammer with 12-6 break. He showed little feel for a changeup when he was a starter and has scrapped it as a reliever.

The good news is that Evans is throwing more strikes coming out of the bullpen, but the bad news is that he still walked 5.1 batters per nine innings in 2018-19. He has trouble keeping his delivery in sync, so he may never have more than below-average control of his electric stuff. If he can throw more strikes, he might become a closer.


2019

Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Curveball: 60 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45

A cousin of Anthony Alford, Evans came out of the same Petal (Miss.) High program and signed for $100,000 as a 25th-rounder in 2015. He spent most of his first three pro seasons struggling as a starter who couldn't throw strikes, then was spectacular as a full-time reliever in 2018. He led all Minor League relievers in strikeout rate (16.6 per nine innings) while holding opponents to a .149/.257/.218 line.

Evans' fastball explodes on hitters thanks to a combination of mid-90s velocity, high spin rates and the extension he creates in his delivery with his massive 6-foot-5 frame. When it's on, his curveball can be an absolute 12-to-6 hammer that he can land for strikes or get batters to chase when he buries it in the dirt. He stopped worrying about throwing his ineffective changeup when he landed in the bullpen. 

The big-bodied Evans can't always keep his delivery in sync, so he'll never have pinpoint control. He did make tremendous strides with his strike-throwing ability last year, posting a 27/1 K/BB ratio in the final month of the season. If he can build off of that, he'll advance quickly and could claim a high-leverage role in Texas.



Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB % ERA xERA
2020 11 3 2 66.7 90.1 9.8 66.7 .585 1.976 .665 .935 1.007 66.7 0.0 0.0 9.00 683.05
ALL 11 3 2 66.7 90.1 9.8 66.7 .585 1.976 .665 .935 1.007 66.7 0.0 0.0
MLB 43201 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .416 .317 .322 .378 34.8 21.8 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
09/15/2020 Texas Rangers recalled RHP Demarcus Evans from Rangers Alternate Training Site.
07/19/2020 RHP Demarcus Evans assigned to Rangers Alternate Training Site from Nashville Sounds.
03/11/2020 Texas Rangers optioned RHP Demarcus Evans to Nashville Sounds.
11/20/2019 Texas Rangers selected the contract of Demarcus Evans from Frisco RoughRiders.
10/12/2019 RHP Demarcus Evans assigned to Leones del Escogido.
05/29/2019 RHP Demarcus Evans assigned to Frisco RoughRiders from Down East Wood Ducks.
03/28/2019 RHP Demarcus Evans assigned to Down East Wood Ducks from Hickory Crawdads.
03/10/2019 RHP Demarcus Evans assigned to Texas Rangers.
03/29/2018 RHP Demarcus Evans assigned to Hickory Crawdads from Spokane Indians.
08/03/2017 RHP Demarcus Evans assigned to Spokane Indians from Hickory Crawdads.
07/19/2017 Hickory Crawdads activated RHP Demarcus Evans from the 7-day disabled list.
07/02/2017 Hickory Crawdads sent RHP Demarcus Evans on a rehab assignment to AZL Rangers.
05/25/2017 Hickory Crawdads placed RHP Demarcus Evans on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 21, 2017.
04/04/2017 RHP Demarcus Evans assigned to Hickory Crawdads from Spokane Indians.
08/03/2016 RHP Demarcus Evans assigned to Spokane Indians from AZL Rangers.
06/26/2015 Texas Rangers signed RHP Demarcus Evans.
06/26/2015 RHP Demarcus Evans assigned to AZL Rangers.
06/26/2015 AZL Rangers activated RHP Demarcus Evans.