Maryland Draft Preview: LHP Jake Drossner

by John Vittas and Jon Lewis

Ht: 6’3″        Wt: 205        Year: Jr.         Hometown (HS): Richboro, PA (Council Rock North)

2015 Stats

G: 10     S: 7     IP: 32    ERA: 4.50      K/9: 7.6       BB/9: 7.3     H/9: 5.6

Arsenal: fastball (89-92mph), changeup, curveball

Pros: three plus pitches, sharp downward movement on off-speed stuff, good velocity, projectable body

Cons: control, efficiency16917180488_29bfd55da4_z

Vittas: With the exception of one dominating start against Cal State Fullerton, it has been a rocky junior season for Drossner. The Pennsylvania lefty has bounced around to many different roles, as walks and efficiency continue to be an issue. However, it is important to note that Drossner led the 2014 Super Regional Terps in ERA and only walked 23 batters in 62.1 innings. With three plus pitches and an ideal starting pitcher’s frame, Drossner is an intriguing prospect if he can find his form from last year.

Lewis: The biggest key is and will continue to be command of his three plus offerings.  He has the size and stuff that scouts can dream on, whether it be his fastball in the low 90s or his plus downer breaking ball. But can Drossner command it throughout his outings? There was a spurt during this season where Drossner was dominant in relief and then threw a gem against nationally-ranked Cal St Fullerton. But can he harness that and repeat those quality outings on a more consistent basis? If so, you have a top-10 round talent with potential to start at the professional level.

20/80 Scale (50 is Big League average)

Fastball: 50     Curveball: 55     Changeup: 45     Command: 35      Overall: 40

Range: Rounds 6-12

* John Vittas has been the play-by-play voice of the Maryland Terrapins and has called close to 100 games over the past four seasons. 

* Jon Lewis is a former college baseball player and provided live analysis on Vittas’ broadcasts. He is pursuing a career in professional scouting.

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