AJ Labas

CLASS OF 2017

RHP

AJ
Labas

Louisiana State
Trinity Christian Academy (HS) • FL
6-3 • 225LBS • R/R
Travel Team: 5 Star National

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2017 DRAFT Mets ROUND 17
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06/21/17- Committed to Louisiana State University.

2/25/17- Big, strong right handed arm showed a feel for the fastball to both sides of the plate at 90-92 touching 93 mph. The fastball has some late arm side run and appears to be heavy and difficult to square up. He also through a sharp slider at 82 mph. He is a big strong kid with a feel for the zone and the velocity should continue to uptick with more innings in the spring. 

10/16/16- North Florida recruit. Stands at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds with a solid, strong build. Throws from out of a ¾ arm slot with a lower half drive delivery. Works with a great pace, mixing up his pitches, and throws a good percentage of strikes. Fastball sat 90-91 mph, touching 92 several times attacking down in the zone. He also showed above average feel for a slider at 74-77 mph that had tight spin, late biting action with depth. Didn’t flash it often, but also showed a change up at 81-82 mph. Had two strikeouts in two innings pitched.

4/27/16- North Florida recruit. Currently ranked No. 52 in the Florida 2017 class, No. 186 overall. Strong, durable 6-foot-3, 210-pounder. Body has leaned out a bit. Quick arm out of the high ¾ arm slot with a lean back of his front leg slightly before his delivery. Throws on a downward tilt and gets good extension out in front, lands on line most of the time. Throws a heavy fastball that sat 89-91 mph with life. Curveball was 74-76 mph with some good spin along with an 80-81 mph change up that had similar fastball arm speed. Worked quickly and efficiently to get in a good groove during his time on the mound by pounding the strike zone. Attacks hitters. Went three strong innings by not allowing a hit and striking out four.

2/12/16 - North Florida commit. 6-foot-3, 210 pound right hander with a tall thick strong body with a barrel chest. Loose live quick arm at a ¾ arm slot. Deep in back with a bit of a “rock and fire” delivery. Lands in line but occasionally front side pulls off line. Fastball was 86-88 mph with life in the zone. Curveball was a ¾ to slurve breaker with some depth at 75-77 mph. Flashed average. Occasionally leaves arm behind to throw it and leaves ball up. Changeup was 80-82 mph with the same fastball life and good arm speed. He drops slot to throw it, but it flashed average. Gained confidence in it as game went on. Competed very well against a very good team. Threw a lot of strikes with all 3 pitches. Still some projection in the arm. Will throw harder. Went  5 1/3 IP, 8 H, 8 Ks, BB, HBP.

8/30/15- Committed to University of North Florida

3/16/15 - 6-foot-3, 210 pound right hander with a thick strong body. Loose whippy arm with a high ¾ to low ¾ slot. Changes from time to time. Lands mostly in line but occasionally pulls off line and flies open causing his slot to change and fall off of the mound. Inconsistent command but fastball has good life at 85-88 mph. When he gets out front his ball has good tilt. Threw some change ups at 80-82 mph and occasionally would spin off of them, but had same life as fastball. Curve ball was a ¾ roller with occasional shape and rotation at 77-79 mph. Good looking young arm that will throw harder but needs to polish up delivery to get more consistency.

2020 DRAFT:The talented 6-foot-3, 225-pound righthander is one of those what you see is what you get type of pitchers. Labas has a physical frame and was primed to have a strong 2020 campaign if his first few outings were any indication. He missed the entire 2019 campaign because of a shoulder injury, but returned strong in the fall with a fastball up to 92-93 mph, along with a much-improved slider. That was pretty much the guy he was this spring, too. Labas sat 89-92 and up to 93 mph with a fastball that had some armside run. He filled up the zone with the offering in a start against Oklahoma where he carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning. He throws three pitches from the same slot. The slider will attack hitters at 81-84 mph, while the changeup 82-83. All three pitches are commanded exceptionally well (career 10 BB in 80 IP), drawing some comparisons to former LSU standout and Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Nola — in the command department. If steady is what you're looking for in the draft, there's no doubt Labas could be your guy.

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