With their final pick of their short four-pick draft, the Angels ended as they began, with a high-probability pitchability lefty, this time from the much-heralded Long Beach State program. Adam Seminaris is a solid LHP with backend starter potential, maybe a little more.
Ranked #120 by Baseball America and #162 by MLB Pipeline, Seminaris is a slot-appropriate talent who has drawn raves from some evaluators for both his feel and refinement, along with a plus changeup anchoring a four-pitch mix.
Per Baseball America: “Seminaris dominates with a feel to pitch so elite that one evaluator compared it to Tom Glavine’s.”
Per MLB Pipeline: “While his fastball typically sits 88-90 mph, and tops out at 93 mph, it plays up because he commands it so well and there’s deception in his delivery. He throws two breaking balls, with his mid-70s curve a bit better than his low-80s slider. But his best secondary offering is his plus changeup that misses bats and gets weak contact. Seminaris has always thrown a ton of strikes and was taking a step forward before the season was shut down this spring.”
His final performance down the stretch may have something to do with the Angels’ interest:
Adam Seminaris’ final three starts at Long Beach State:— Taylor Blake Ward (@TaylorBlakeWard) June 12, 2020
– vs. Cal: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K
– vs. Miss State: 8 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K
– vs. Xavier: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 14 K
Always nice to bookend the draft with a local player, and I’m sure Jered Weaver is stoked that he’s a Dirtbag!
Photo from Seminaris’s Twitter.