Atlanta Braves Prospects: Freddy Tarnok Scouting Report

BOSTON, MA - JULY 28: The pitching mound is seen during first game of a doubleheader between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 28, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo By Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 28: The pitching mound is seen during first game of a doubleheader between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park on July 28, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo By Winslow Townson/Getty Images) /
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Freddy Tarnok — The Pitch Mix

Fastball (93-96), curveball (77-81), change-up (82-85), slider (78-80)

What really has me excited about Freddy Tarnok is that he already has two above-average pitches in his fastball and curveball.

The fastball sits in the mid-90s and has a ton of life, while his curveball has some really sharp biting action on it that constantly freezes hitters or gets them on top of the baseball.

I was also impressed with his ability to consistently throw both of those pitches for strikes.

However, I’d say he has more control than command — something he’ll certainly need to tighten up before getting to the big leagues.

A change-up is his third pitch and it’s an average offering but a pitch that could be improved.

I watched three or four starts and I honestly don’t know if I ever saw a slider (hard to tell without radar guns on the broadcast). But that’s a pitch in his back pocket he can continue to develop.

Freddy Tarnok — The Delivery

It’s a very athletic 6-foot-3 frame at 185 pounds. It’s possible he’s able to add a little more bulk but it’s not a necessity with him.

The arm action is very long — somewhat similar to Madison Bumgarner but from the right side. And Tarnok pitches exclusively from the stretch.

I do worry about him being able to consistently repeat that delivery with such a long arm path, which is why his BB/9 will likely always be around 3 or 4.