MB 100 | No. 29 Stephen Landazuri
RHP | 2014 Age: 22 | 6-0, 175
22nd round of 2010 draft out of high school (Rialto, CA)
2013 ranking: No. 24
|Year||Age||Lvl||HR%||BB%||XBH + BB%||ISO||K%||PSA+||Conv+||Comp|
|Age Arc||Goal < 1%||Goal < 6%||Goal < 14%||Goal < .100||Goal > 20%||Strong prospect > 100|
- How do you find something special for a guy whose specialty is doing everything pretty well? It’s not easy.
- How about giving up only one home run in 53.0 IP in 2012?
- OK. We’ll go with that.
You can see from the video why Landazuri doesn’t get much scout love. He really is 6-0, 175 and about as unimposing as they come. Of course, the Mariners already have one non-tall guy who does lots of things right in Erasmo Ramirez, so what’s one more?
Landazuri backslid some in 2013, but it’s pretty clear that a lot of that was due to the pitching torture test at High Desert. He gave up 16 homers, but 13 of them came in dry, hot, windy, altitude-y Adelanto.
In fact, seven of them came in a four-game mid-summer series of four starts — all at home — in which he had a 5.91 ERA and .635 SLG-against. Ouch. But that’s what you get for having a baseball team in a high desert. [And it also makes what Carson Smith and Anthony Fernandez did there in 2012 that much more impressive.] It’s kind of funny, because Landazuri is actually from right down the road. Rialto is about 40 miles away, but 1,500 feet lower in elevation, and not in the desert.
So if you just run away games through the Spectometer, Landazuri’s “composite” jumps from 90 to 107.
That bodes well for what he can do at AA Jackson, where he ought to be this year.
Speaking of the high desert, there are joshua trees there, and the streets have no name, and most pitchers still haven’t found what they’re looking for.