The big pick in the Angels' draft was the selection of a heralded left-handed high school starting pitcher. This isn't that guy, but Jonah Wesely shares that same description except he was taken several rounds later which could prove to be one of the better values of the Angels' 2013 draft class, even he lacks the hype of Hunter Green.
Position: SP Highest Level: AZL
Bats: L Throws: L Height: 6'2" Weight: 205
Age: 19 Born: 12/8/1994
2013 Rank: Unranked
2013 Season Stats
AZL: 1.0 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 HR, 0 SO, 6.20 FIP, .250 BABIP
Fastball = B+
The average LHP throws 88-90, as a high school senior Wesely was sitting comfortably at 91-92. He has a strong build, straight-forward mechanics and likes to attack hitters on the inside corner with his low-90’s heater. His fastball is especially helped by the fact that he’s left-handed and deceptive in his release. Hitters find it hard to pick up the pitch and by the time they do Wesely’s thrown the ball hard enough to get it by hitters. There isn’t a ton of physical projection here, but there is room for refinement. It seems likely that Wesely remains a starter and barring injury, should be a hard-throwing lefty.
Offspeed Pitches = C+
Wesely offers a plus-slider that he snapped off with regularity and control during the All-American scouting games he attended in high school. He also has a change up that he uses only once or twice a game that has fade to it but is also in need of refinement as he slows his arm motion down to get it over. Definitely something to build off of.
Control = C
One of Wesely’s strengths is that he regularly pounds the zone with an array of fastballs and sliders. This is likely the result of a very simplified and low effort delivery he uses.
Command = D
Wesely’s approach has been pretty simple so far. Attack hitters on the inner half with your fastball and snap off sliders on the outer half. Where he struggles in this department in his release point. He has a tendency to leave the ball up and over the plate.
Mechanics = C
I like Wesely’s pre-release motion. It’s a quick delivery, not a ton of moving parts and doesn’t leave him in any awkward positions. However, the release itself seems forced and tight. He doesn’t have a loose arm-slot like you’d see from a pitcher like C.J. Wilson. It’s more of a stiffened arm, a little like Nick Maronde.