Scouting Odrisamer Despaigne

Cuban righty Odrisamer Despaigne joined infielder Aledmys Diaz in a 90-minute February 13th showcase in front of more than 50 scouts at the Peoria Sports Complex in Arizona, according to's Jesse Sanchez.  At the time, agent Jaime Torres told Sanchez, "We'll field offers shortly on Despaigne."

Diaz, an infielder, was expected to sign before Despaigne.  He inked a four-year, $8MM deal with the Cardinals on March 9th.  Despaigne remains unsigned, and hasn't shown up on the pages of MLBTR since the showcase.

I talked to a high-ranking international scouting official to get a scouting report on Despaigne, to perhaps shed some light on why he hasn't signed.  The official has seen Despaigne three or four times in person and has seen him dating back to 2010.

The picture painted by the official was not particularly exciting.  "I would say his stuff is average across the board. He's got feel and he's got deception, and he knows how to pitch.  The biggest thing going for him is his ability to mix and match and change slots and change arm angles.  He probably throws four different pitches from different slots and different angles. He never gives guys the same look, and he throws a lot of strikes. But he doesn't have anything plus."  The official considers Despaigne's pitches to be fringe-average or slightly above-average, depending on the day.  

The official went on to explain where Despaigne might fit in with a Major League team.  "I see him as a middle inning type of guy. He's going to have to really throw a ton of strikes to have success. He's really no different than a lot of six-year free agents and non-roster invitees that are out there right now. I think he fits in well to a bullpen probably as a middle inning reliever and potentially a long guy or a No. 5 starter."  I asked how Despaigne compares to the Phillies' Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, a Cuban pitcher who signed a three-year, $12MM deal in August.  That deal was drastically reduced due to injury concerns, which have carried into spring training.  The official has always projected Gonzalez as a reliever as well, but feels the Phillies pitcher has "much bigger stuff" than Despaigne.  

Despaigne is no different than a lot of pitchers currently on the roster bubble in spring training, opined the official, which could explain why he remains unsigned.  An eight-figure contract for Despaigne appears unlikely, but it does seem that he'll pitch in the big leagues in some capacity.

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7 Comments on "Scouting Odrisamer Despaigne"

1 year 6 months ago

Wouldn’t mind the tigers getting him.

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1 year 6 months ago

Angels might as well take a chance on Despaigne, its not like their pitching depth can get much worse.

1 year 6 months ago

The scout basically described Luis Tiant

1 year 6 months ago

Tiant’s stuff, after he hurt his arm in the late 60’s was indeed ordinary by and description and imagine you are describing the Tiant of the Red Sox, or comparing him here.

While Tiant’s stuff was indeed ordinary and he threw just about everything.. What made him so effective was deception and you never knew what the angle, nor point of delivery was going to be. Have seen very few pitchers since even nearly as variable as Tiant was in that regard and that was what allowed him to succeed after he blew out his arm with the Twins.

No disrespect intended, but for him to go from a mid-high 90’s guy he was, like Frank Tananna did as well, then remake himself like he did was some feat.

1 year 6 months ago


1 year 6 months ago

Maybe the Cards to help Diaz adjust ?

1 year 6 months ago

Despaigne sounds a lot like Bruce Chen. I say bring him into the Royals organization and let him learn from the master of arm angles and speed changes.