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2013 Orioles 3rd Round Draft Pick - Stephan Tarpley - LHP - Scottsdale Community College


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6'02" 200lbs DOB: 02/17/93

An eighth-round pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2011, Tarpley initially went to Southern California to start his college career. After one season there, he transferred to Scottsdale Community College, thus making him eligible for this year's Draft. The strong and athletic lefty can crank the fastball up to 94 mph with easy effort. Both his curve and slider can be at least average, if not better. His changeup is behind the breaking stuff, but should also be a Major League average pitch for him. Tarpley can throw strikes and has terrific mound presence. It's a combination, especially from the left side, that will intrigue many teams on Draft day, with an upside as a future member of a big league rotation.

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Stats: 2.35, 92 IP, 108 K, 40 BB, 62 H, 12 HBP, 6 WP.

Tony's Initial Take: Anytime you can get a left-hander who can run it up to 94 MPH with some decent secondaries it' a pretty good selection in the 3rd round. He went to a community college in order to be draft eligible so expect him to sign for slot or less pretty quickly. His stats suggests command can be an issue as he walked 40, hit 12 and threw six wild pitches in 92 IP. Some scouts believe he can stick in the rotation but others believe he's a bullpen guy. He allowed only one stolen base all season so he must have a good move. The O's will give him a look as a starter initially at Aberdeen most likely.

After watching an outing on video, this would be my scouting report. Shows a 88-92 FB that has some arm side run and can touch (94-96) on occasion. Pitches mainly off a fastball away but keeps the ball down well. Changeup (82-83 MPH) has some drop and occasional fade, and can occasionally be an average pitch but is inconsistent. He'll occasionally slow his arm down on a high 70s changeup. Has a 78-80 MPH slurve with occasional good bite. Fairly smooth mechanics though there is some effort to the delivery. Not a max effort guy, but he'll rush his front side on occasion and occasionally lands on a stiff front leg. Upside is a mid-rotation starter, but may settle in as a back of the rotation starter or reliever.

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"Reliever all the way", say the MLB talking heads. 96MPH fastball.

To be fair, that "talking head" is Jim Callis. If he had said that Tarpley is a future number 2 starter, we'd all throw a parade. That said, I like this pick. I'd guess that he'll have an opportunity to start, and if that doesn't pan out we'll have a decent looking left handed reliever.

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To be fair, that "talking head" is Jim Callis. If he had said that Tarpley is a future number 2 starter, we'd all throw a parade. That said, I like this pick. I'd guess that he'll have an opportunity to start, and if that doesn't pan out we'll have a decent looking left handed reliever.

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"Reliever all the way", say the MLB talking heads. 96MPH fastball.

I assume that means - as a reliever, he'll hit 96 on his fastball - as opposed to the lower speeds mentioned when he's a starter.

That's impressive for a lefty, but is he going to develop control? If he doesn't, it's obviously a wasted pick.

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I assume that means - as a reliever, he'll hit 96 on his fastball - as opposed to the lower speeds mentioned when he's a starter.

That's impressive for a lefty, but is he going to develop control? If he doesn't, it's obviously a wasted pick.

Well yeah, but if he had plus control he wouldn't have lasted until the third round.

Like this pick a bit. Video posted above showed a good three-pitch mix with FB/CH most prominent, identical movement on them as well, which is nice. FB is his staple, CH flashed swing-and-miss potential but is inconsistent right now. Breaker looks fringy right now but he broke off a nice one that was indistinguishable from his CH until it was too late. The big question is obviously control/command, if he can develop that and maybe add a few pounds he could be a starter, otherwise he could be a Troy Patton-esque reliever.

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