Height/Weight: 6’11”, 235 lbs
Acquired: 2nd Rd ‘07
Born: Lakewood, OH
Why Ranked Here: Moviel combines height, athletic genes and potential into an intriguing package for a pitching prospect. Height first: he’s somewhere close to 6’10”. That allows him to get good downward plane on pitches and keep them down in the zone. When he releases his fastball, he’s just a little closer to home plate than the average pitcher, so it jumps on hitters. One of the points of emphasis for Moviel at the start of the ’08 campaign was to pitch tall and use his height. He’s quick to learn however, and in the course of the last year played with and modified the grips on most of his pitches to produce better results, learning both from teammates and his brothers who played professional baseball before him. In July, Moviel did not show a true plus pitch. Rather, he showed the potential to acquire them. Moviel worked from a fastball that was in the range of MLB average, sitting around 90, 91 mph. He located the pitch well for a pitcher his age. At other times he has thrown harder, but he was dialing the velocity down in favor of strikes. His second offering was a slurvy curveball that he had really excellent feel for. He could spin the below average offering for strikes. His touch for the pitch leaves hope that he will be able to tighten the offering up into a plus offering, by finishing out front better more consistently. His changeup was the least reliable of his offerings, but he felt as though he was making progress with it. Mets staff universally praise Moviel’s work ethic and preparation.
2008: Jumping from the GCL in 2007 to the SAL to begin 2008, Moviel allowed 21 runs in 17.2 IP in April, but improved dramatically after that rough start. After June 1, Moviel put together a 3.17 ERA while fanning 48 batters and walking just 16 in 71 IP while producing GB/FB ratios near two. That K/BB ratio of three is excellent. As he moves up, Moviel will need to produce not just grounders, but learn to miss more bats and drive his K rate up. In a nice move, the Mets promoted Moviel to the Florida State League for his final start on August 30th to prepare him for the challenge of Advanced-A in 2009. He responded with five shutout innings. Moviel also proved that he was durable, making 25 starts and throwing 125 innings in his first full professional season.
Dr. Pangloss Says: Moviel has the ability and drive to find himself in the middle of a big league rotation by the end of 2011.
On the Flipside: Moviel still has a long way to go with his changeup. In 2008, he did not yet have a plus pitch, so there is room for improvement in all of his offerings.
Projected 2009 Start: St. Lucie rotation