John Means – LHP – 2018 #28 Prospect


John Means
Age: 25
2018 Level: AA/AAA
2018 Stats
Current/Future/Ceiling Grades: 40/40/45

What we know:

Tall left-hander who can flash major league stuff at times, had a nice summer in AAA before wearing down a but late in the summer. Fastball sits 90-92, but can touch 93-94 on occasion. It can flatten out more times then he would like so he needs to spot the pitch. His changeup can flash plus, and his slider has become a left on left out pitch at times, giving him some left-handed reliever possibilities.

What we don’t know:

If he moves to the bullpen, will his stuff play up a notch? If he stays a starter, can he become consistent enough to become an innings eater?

What we think:

Means took a bit of a step forward this season and has always been on the fringe of prospect status. His upside is probably a swingman or long reliever unless he finds more consistency from start to start. The bullpen might be a better option for him.

Career Statistics

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