6/15/17

Mets Draft - 17th Round - RHP - A.J. Labas - Trinity Christian Academy

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A.J. Labas
 

Labas, who is committed to North Florida, transferred to Trinity Christian Academy following his freshman campaign at Eagle's View Academy and helped the team win its first Florida state championship in 2015, capturing the Class 4A title.
 
As a senior, he reached 92-93 mph and pitched well at USA Baseball's National High School Invitational.
 
He has a decent feel for pitching, but he has a funky delivery and not everyone is convinced he can start. Labas attended the MLB Prospect Development Pipeline event in Bradenton, Fla., in February.


PG Grade: 10 - AJ Labas is a 2017 RHP/1B with a 6-3 220 lb. frame from Middleburg, FL who attends Trinity Christian Academy. Extra big and strong build, looks like a college linebacker. High energy delivery that he repeats very well, high elbow in back, arm is fast and clean coming through from a high 3/4's slot.
 
Steady 89-91 mph fastball, gets a bit of late life to get off barrels and has good downhill angle. Slurve type breaking ball has very tight spin at times with sharp biting action, showed feel and command of the pitch and was plus at times.
 
Did not show a change up this outing but will be very interesting if he can develop one with his present fastball/curveball combination. Good student, verbal commitment to North Florida.
 
Here is some video on him from MLB.COM:
 

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