Player: Jacob Brentz
Drafted by: Toronto Blue Jays (No. 325 overall)
DOB: 9/14/1994 (Age: 18)
Height/Weight: 6'2"/195 lbs
School: Parkway South HS (Ballwin, Mo.)
College Commitment: Missouri
Brentz is a pitcher who perfectly encapsulates everything about this draft class. He has a few present tools, including a big-time fastball from the left side, that make it easy to dream on. But he is so raw and unrefined that the odds of him reaching his ceiling are minuscule.
Jumping up the boards last year, especially at the World Wood Bat Association World Championships, Brentz has touched the mid-90s with his fastball. He is still battling the demon known as consistency, but it is easy to dream on a lot of things with him.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 20-80 scouting scale, where 50 is average, with the current score first and projected score second.
Projectable frame at 6'2", 195 pounds. Solid athlete with ability to field position; delivery is a little aggressive and relies too much on his arm instead of letting his lower half drive the ball down the zone; comes from traditional three-quarters angle; still new to pitching and will have to increase stamina without going all-out on every pitch.
Big-time velocity on the heater at times; will touch the mid-90s, but will struggle to maintain velocity later into games; pitch tends to rise up in the zone due to delivery, as he gets under it; not a lot of movement, so he will have to rely on arm speed and velocity to miss bats; could be monster in pro ball.
Breaking ball lacks consistent shape; tends to flatten out and is very easy to drive; will have to gain better feel and control as he gets into the pros; ceiling for the curveball is average, though that might be a little on the high end; likely a fringe-average offering.
Better feel and trust in changeup than breaking ball; fringy pitch right now due to poor command, but should become above average in time; arm speed is decent, though will slow himself down; will need this pitch to remain as a starter in the big leagues.
Very inconsistent right now; shows some strike-throwing ability, but will be erratic from pitch to pitch and at-bat to at-bat; trouble staying on top of the ball out of his hand leads to a lot of wild pitches; learning to pitch instead of just throwing will determine ultimate role.
Delivery and arm action lead to ball moving all over the place; will have to clean up finish in order to start hitting the catcher's glove; with a lot of work, command could become average, but it's hard to see more than fringe-average right now.
MLB Player Comparison: Matt Moore
Projection: No. 3 starter on first-division team, possibly more with a lot of dreaming.
MLB ETA: 2018
Chances of Signing: 60%
Despite a commitment to the University of Missouri, it stands to reason that Brentz will be more than happy to bypass college en route to professional baseball because of the likelihood he goes sooner than his present talent would suggest.
Anytime you have an 18-year-old left-hander touching the high-90s with his fastball and plenty of projection left, teams are going to line up to give you a deal. But his high risk could drive his price tag down a little bit, so the odds are not as overwhelming as you might think.