Niese has had a solid year as the team's ace, with a 3.09 ERA in 20 starts. What does that mean as far as the majors, though? "He's a back-end rotation guy for me, no doubt," said the scout. "He sits in the upper 80s and can touch 90 mph with the fastball, and there's deception with his delivery. He also pitches inside with the fastball and plays around with it a lot—adding and subtracting, sinking it, cutting it." Niese's best pitch remains an above-average curveball, but his changeup still needs work, and that is borne out in his splits, as right-handed batters have done much better against him. "It maybe projects as average, he really tips the pitch with his arm action," concluded the scout.
When he was the teams' top pick last year, Kunz was believed to be the heir apparent to the closer role with the big-league squad, and he's been solid though unspectacular in his full-season debut, with a 3.24 ERA in 39 games and a ground-ball ratio of over 3-to-1 thanks to one of the best sinkers in the game. "It's a really heavy power sinker," said the scout. "It has a tick above-average velocity, heavy downward movement, and also a little side-by-side to it as well." Beyond that pitch however, Kunz's stuff falls short. "He throws a below-average slider," continued the scout. "He has a low three-quarters arm angle, and it tends to flatten out. I just don't see him as a closer—more of a seventh-inning guy. I know that doesn't sound great, but that's still a good, solid guy."
Interesting stuff, as always from KG.