Tigers Scouting Report: LHP Ian Krol

On Monday, the Tigers swung a trade that shipped out starter Doug Fister, in exchange for a trio of players from the Nationals. One of them is power left-handed reliever Ian Krol, who made his big league debut in 2013. What can Krol give the Tigers? Get his full scouting report inside. (FREE PREMIUM PREVIEW)

Ian Krol

Vitals

Position: Left-handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 5/9/1991 (2014 Opening Day Age: 22)
Height/Weight: 6-1/210
Bats/Throws: Left/Left
Acquired: Trade with Washington Nationals in exchange for Doug Fister, 2013
Ranking History: N/A

Background: Selected by the Athletics in the 7th round in 2009, Krol stalled in the mid-minors posting a 5.20 ERA between High-A and Double-A in 2012. He was traded to the Nationals as part of the trade that sent John Jaso to Oakland and Michael Morse to Seattle in January 2013. After moving to the bullpen full time in the Nationals organization, Krol posted a 0.69 ERA in 26 innings at Double-A in 2013 and then a 4.91 ERA in 3-2/3 innings at Triple-A. At the Major League level, Krol logged 27-1/3 innings and posted a 3.95 ERA with eight walks and 22 strikeouts.

Performance:

2013 Ian Krol Stats - Pitching
TEAMGGSSVIPHHRRERBBSOHBPERAWHIPW/L
Nationals 320027.1285121282203.951.322-1


Scouting Report

Body: Physical; strong frame; sturdy lower half; solid athlete; has the build of a hard-throwing lefty; like the physical attributes.

Delivery/Mechanics:Simplified delivery since signing out of high school; multiple ticks throughout windup, including glove tap and toe tap; timing to balance point is good; a little drop and drive as he starts movement toward plate; generates good momentum; quick arm; finishes with some violence by stopping himself short; doesn't get through the ball consistently; not a max effort guy but has complexity/effort/violence in his delivery.

Fastball: FB plays up in BP; sits consistently 91-93; T94 and could have a half-tick more at times; FB has natural life when down in the zone; tails to the arm side; can be difficult to barrel; FB is clear second pitch; still learning how to attack with FB early in counts; good quality MLB offering that could still play up if used with more aggression. Grade – Present 5+/Future 6

Curveball: Hammer; true 1-7 out pitch; thrown with velocity in 79-81 range; tight spin; hard pitch with very good depth and sharpness; bat misser; go-to pitch; will pitch off CB at times instead of attacking with FB and using breaker as put away pitch; legit plus; will play half grade higher when sequenced better. Grade – 6/6+

Control/Command: Effort in delivery leads to command problems; finds the zone consistently; doesn't locate FB side-to-side or elevate when he wants to; throws pitches at the zone and relies on movement; limited command projection.

Other: Aggressive mentality; has makeup issues in past but has seemingly moved past them; doesn't get rattled on the hill; lacks consistent ability to hold runners; RHH can eat him alive.

Final Word

Summary: Two legit MLB plus pitches at peak; FB and CB can both miss bats; command lags behind considerably; loves to pitch off CB; needs to learn sequence a little better and be more aggressive with FB; fits bullpen lefty mold perfectly with aggression, delivery and two-pitch arsenal.

Risk: Low risk; already reached MLB and has taken well to projected role.

Projection: Situational lefty; possible lefty setup ceiling; FB-CB wreaks havoc on LHH but can be beaten by RHH and needs to be protected.

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