Zach Linginfelter
Zach Linginfelter

CLASS OF 2016

RHP

Zach
Linginfelter

Tennessee
Sevier County (HS) • TN
6-5 • 225LBS • L/R

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2016 National

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2016 State

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Commitment

2019
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2016 DRAFT Yankees ROUND 16
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Statistics

Pitching
94
Max FB
89 - 93
FB
83 - 86
CH
80 - 82
SL

Comments

10/26/14 - The 6-foot-4, 210-pound right-hander has shown a big jump in velocity over the past year.  Recently at the WWBA Championship in Jupiter, Linginfelter showed a fastball that touched 93 mph to go along with a hard high-70's breaking ball.  Linginfelter recently committed to Tennessee.

4/20/19:Tall, athletic righty at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds with good arm speed out front. Has made noticeable improvements to his delivery, and as a result, the consistency of his release point, since last summer in the Cape and last spring at Ole Miss. His delivery is now slower-paced with much greater balance and resulting body control. It is a bit segmented, especially the first half of the delivery, but has enough flow, giving him a better chance to repeat. Occasionally flew open when he overthrew, but largely held together his improved delivery throughout his six-inning start. This improvement can be found statistically as well. In 53 innings pitched this spring, Linginfelter has walked just 17 for an average of 2.9/9 IP. Last season he walked 38 in 55 IP for a 6.2/9 rate. On this look his inverted W arm action generated a fastball which sat 91-95 mph throughout his 80-pitch outing with below average life from a high three-quarter slot. Overall, he showed more control finding the strike zone than command by painting corners. His 85-87 mph slider ranged from below average to plus. Early in the game the slider had the shape of a soft cutter, gradually finding more tilt as the game progressed. Flashed a plus slide-piece in the sixth inning at 85 mph, showing late, hard tilt going under a left-handed bat for a swinging strikeout. However, the sixth inning was also the inning he hung two sliders, both resulting in home runs; one by the 9-hole, the other by the Wildcats 2-hole hitter. For the day, the slider played near average. His third pitch was a near average changeup thrown with good arm speed at 84-85 mph. It's a pitch that should develop into above average down the road as he has the requisite arm speed while showing solid feel for the pitch. Overall, Linginfelter showed improvements to his delivery, as well as the quality and more frequent use of his secondary pitches than previous looks putting him solidly on the radar for Day Two selection this June. (Seifert)

8/5/18:Tall, athletic bodied righty at 6’5/220. Looks the part. Clean arm action with full path. Remains inconsistent with his delivery/release point, but on this look he was slightly improved with his direction to the plate, driving the ball down into the strike zone more often whencompared to my look this spring. More control than command of his 90-93 mph fastball. His 83-85 mph slider and same speed changeup often blended together. Slider had longer break without much teeth to the break. Backed up often. Change was mostly straight. On this night, he did not show a pitch which played average, lacked an out pitch. Generated very little swing/miss. Long to the plate from the stretch at 1.55 seconds. Overall, Linginfelter remains an intriguing draft prospect with his size, athleticism and arm speed. (Seifert)

3/21/18- 6’5/225, Sophomore-eligible. Tall, athletic righty with good arm speed and extension out front. Arm path gets off-line in back, then swings up to a high-3/4 slot. Fastball topped out at 96 mph, pitched at 93-95 with sink during his Friday night 2.1 innings of relief. Maintained his velocity, last pitch was 95 mph. Mixed in a couple 85-86 mph sliders, but mainly challenged with his fastball and dared the Ole Miss hitters to catch up to it. He’s an intriguing talent with size, athleticism and arm speed, yet is not a polished pitcher at this point. With mainly a one pitch repertoire and some effort to his delivery, he could be easily dismissed as a thrower/reliever. But with the area scout crystal ball approach, one can see a good MLB player development system being able to help him refine his delivery, improve his lines and become more of a pitcher. Based upon this look he has many qualities of a top three-to-four round talent. However, his signability will largely determine where he is selected. He’s an older sophomore who turns 21 in April, but has leverage with two years of college eligibility remaining. He could be better off attending college for another year to refine his delivery and his secondary pitches, which, if successful, could vault him into top two round consideration in 2019. (Seifert)

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