Relief Pitcher | Kelowna Okanagans
His slider is sharp and breaks both horizontally and vertically. His fastball gets into the high 80s, but it's the sink that makes the pitch effective. The Kelowna Okanagans hope he can work on his control a little bit. Every once and a while one slips away from him and either ends up at the backstop or in the right field bleachers. Sometimes I wish he'd just give up on throwing the changeup, it's like a BP ball! He traditionally fares better against lefties.
Defense & Hitting
He has a terrific spin move that keeps basestealers honest. Novosel's follow-through leaves him in a vulnerable position, so he has trouble with comebackers. Novosel is a surpisingly good hitting pitcher. And I'm not sure you can say this about a pitcher, but Novosel has some pop in his swing.
Novosel performance in AAA is making it difficult for the Kelowna Okanagans to ignore him much longer. Expect his name to be on the September call-up list. I really like what this guy brings to the table.
-- Emu Nyman, AA/AAA Scout