Player: Kaleb Ort
DOB: February 5, 1992
Affiliate: Staten Island Yankees (Short Season-A)
Role: Emergency major league help, up/down type
Risk Factor: High
MLB ETA: 2021
Ort is new to the Yankees system but is a veteran baseball player. He’s played independent league baseball, and with the Arizona Diamondbacks so he knows what is expected of him and how to prepare himself for every outing.
Fastball – Sits 93-95 miles per hour (mph). Can touch 97 when he reaches back. The pitch features late life and arm side run.
Change Up – Probably is his best pitch. Sits 85-88 mph. Features plenty of depth.
Slider – Flashes plus potential. Throws it 87-89.
Throws from a ¾ arm slot. Throws exclusively from the stretch. The beginning of his delivery is Aroldis Chapman-esque as he gains momentum by curling his right leg into his body a bit and turns his back almost entirely to the hitter. His arm lags a bit due to his long arm action, which could potentially lead to injury. Hides the ball very well and possesses a deceptive delivery.
Absolutely loved what Ort had to show. Is the definition of a bulldog on the mound. He pounds the strike zone from the very first pitch in the at bat, of each hitter, in any situation. His mentality is clearly to trust his defense and pitch to contact. His numbers are a little bit skewed since Ort is far more advanced than the competition he is facing. To date, he is 2-0 with a 0.63 ERA. In 14.1 innings pitched he has struck out 23 and walked 4. Opposing hitters are just batting .111 against him, and is 8 for 8 in save conversions. As he moves up, the walks will remain low but I foresee his strikeouts drastically decreasing and the opponents average and ERA increasing. Having said that, his arm could potentially be better than the likes of Giovanny Gallegos and Domingo German.
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