Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 55 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 50 | Overall: 50
• 7/21: Baez promoted to Padres
The Padres landed Baez during their 2016 international bonus-pool-shattering spending spree, signing the then-20-year-old Cuban righty for $3 million in December. Though little was known about him at the time, Baez looks to be yet another coup for the organization's international scouting department. Behind a combination of physicality and stuff, he continued to climb the ladder in 2018, beginning the season in the Class A California League and then earning a promotion to Double-A at age 22.
A physically large and imposing presence on the mound who operates from a three-quarters slot, the 6-foot-8 Baez can generate plus-plus velocity with ease, though inconsistent mechanics can cause his velo to fluctuate. When he's right, he'll sit in the mid-90s and touch 98 mph. His best secondary pitch is an upper-80s slider with two-plane action that flashes above-average potential, and he'll also show feel for a curveball and changeup, with the latter projecting as the better pitch.
Repeating his delivery and pounding the strike zone is something Baez does better than most hurlers of comparable size, but he does struggle at times to keep his long limbs in sync and throws with too much crossfire, resulting in diminished stuff and below-average fastball command. More consistency on that front and improving his secondaries could help Baez become a mid-rotation starter, and some evaluators view the hulking right-hander as a future closer.
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