#10: Colin Poche, LHP, 25
He dominated AAA last season and will now rely on his plus fastball to get him to the major league level in 2019.
Height/Weight: 6’3″ / 195
Drafted: | Signed: 4th, 2017 (109th) |$100,000
School: Dallas Baptist
Pitch Grades (Via FanGraphs):
FB velocity: 90-93, T-95
That 70 grade fastball isn’t due to Poche hitting triple digits, it’s because it is one of the best swing and miss fastballs in the minor leagues. The Rays acquired Poche in the Steven Souza Jr. deal and he has done nothing but dominate while in the Rays system. FanGraphs loves his fastball and had this to say about it, “Poche’s fastball is going to play like a 7 or 8, and he could be a top 50 big league reliever.” It is easy to see why they name him the Rays 24th best prospect.
Off-speed: BA had to say about his slider, “His slider is a little short but has late break and showed improvement as the year progressed.” If he improves upon his slider to pair with his great fastball, Poche could really develop into something special at the big league level.
Delivery: Poche features a simple, compact, and repeatable delivery. FanGraphs had this to say, “Scouts and colleagues have asserted that Poche hides the ball well, only showing it to hitters when it suddenly appears out from behind his head. Poche also generates elite down-mound extension and fastball rise.”
2018 numbers at AA and AAA(mostly):
66 IP // 0.82 ERA // 87K/17BB // 15.00 K/9
Thoughts: I fully expect Poche to dominate in spring training and break camp with the big league club. He would fill Venters ‘ role nicely and with success could end the season pitching in the 8th inning plenty. I love his fastball and his slider is good enough to get bad contact at the major league level, just not swings and misses.
Here is a video of Poche pitching in the Arizona Fall League in 2017: