Jul
14

Hot .GIF Action: Rafael DePaula

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Right-hander Rafael DePaula has emerged as the Yankees top pitching prospect in his first stateside season, and on Sunday afternoon he threw a scoreless inning for the World Team in the 2013 Futures Game. He struck out the first batter he faced — Twins OF Byron Buxton, the consensus top prospect in all the land — with a 94 mph fastball on the outside corner, as you can see above.

DePaula, 22, allowed a soft line drive single up the middle on a 94 mph fastball to Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong, and he also hit Astros OF George Springer with a 79 mph breaking ball that didn’t break. He threw ten of 16 pitches for strikes, including two swings and misses. He even threw a (not good) changeup. A few more .GIFs after the jump.

Here’s a slider, though it’s not a good one:

And here’s a changeup, which was even worse than that slider:

Here are some more hot DePaula .GIFs from an early-season start with Low-A Charleston.

21 Comments»

  1. jjyank says:

    I love the movement on his fastball. Cool stuff.

    Cue that one guy that always shows up to complain about .gifs now.

  2. Ethan says:

    I don’t know what it is but man, my computer just can’t handle GIFs.

    • Dicka24 says:

      Right click on one, and open it up individually in a new window, or tab, and it should move more smoothly.

      • Ethan says:

        It does go a bit more smoothly sometimes, other times it’s no better. No clue why as my computer can handle streaming without any issues whatsoever. I don’t think it’s a lack of computing power unless GIFs are incredibly intense on CPUs.

  3. Bryan says:

    Is the changeup bad because it is essentially right down the middle? It seems to have decent movement and is ~10 MPH off his fastball.

    • Furqan says:

      They are both bad because they are “loopy”. A great slider and change and both supposed to start off as fastballs, and then do their thing (for change it’s just slower and tails off making batter swing early, and slider is supposed to break down late). Both of his pitches simply start with an arc, so you can tell which pitches they are easily.

  4. SDB says:

    Meanwhile, who is Brandon Workman, and why is he no-hitting the Oakland A’s? #damnredsox

  5. Jacob the OG says:

    Just got an erection and a new prospect crush

    Welcome to my list Raffy

  6. KennyH123 says:

    A great changeup needs to “look” like a fastball out of the hand. It needs the same release point, the same arm speed. It just comes in slower. Movement, fadeaway action, etc. is nice. Especially to lefty hitters. But not the most important thing.
    Obviously, the slider, or curve, or whatever else you throw, should have the same release point and arm action too. Its about fooling the hitter. Velocity is a great weapon, but overrated. If you throw 95 MPH and pin straight, with no secondary pitches, you won’t succeed. If you keep hitters off balance and throw strikes, you’ll be successful. Its not brain surgery though. Greg Maddux was a master, and he didn’t wow anyone with velocity.

  7. Wayne says:

    This guy has potential to be our first great pitching phenom starting pitcher. I urge Hal to preach patience and give Rafael time to develope. At least another 4 seasons but he should be in majors in two years but 4 years to develope.

    • Bryan says:

      He is already 22….you realize he would be 26 in this case?

      He should be knocking on the door by the end of next year. 2 years tops.

  8. Wayne says:

    This guy has potential to be our first great pitching phenom starting pitcher. I urge Hal to preach patience and give Rafael time to develope. At least another 4 seasons but he should be in majors in two years but 4 years to develope. The hell with mike Stanton.

  9. Guesttoo says:

    First U tell us how great this guy is and then U proceed to knock him down with complaints. If he is “2-4″ years away he isn’t that “great” right now.

  10. David says:

    The last 2 pitches were actualy Sliders, no changeups.

    Get your stuff together RiverAve!

  11. David says:

    Wow you know what? after having a 2nd close look, the 1st one is a changeup (look at the grip), which you called a Slider, and the last one is a Slider (which you called a changeup).

    Either way, I’m not impressed, Slider seemed to have A LOT MORE depth in the GIFs taken a while back when he was in Charleston, he could actually get it under the hands vs LHB’s, I don’t see that same action in these GIFs :(

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