Jakson Reetz: Prospect Profile for Washington Nationals' 3rd-Round Pick

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Jakson Reetz: Prospect Profile for Washington Nationals' 3rd-Round Pick
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Player: Jakson Reetz

Drafted by: Washington Nationals

Position: C/OF

DOB: 01/03/1996 (Age: 18)

Height/Weight: 6’1”, 206 lbs

Bats/Throws: R/R

School: Norris High School (Neb.)

College Commitment: Nebraska

 

Background

Jakson Reetz introduced himself to a national audience last summer during the Perfect Game All-American Classic, as he was recognized as the game’s MVP after going 2-for-4 with a double, three stolen bases and two RBI. His success then carried over into the World Championships in South Korea, as he helped the USA National 18u Team capture the gold medal.

A three-sport (baseball/basketball/football) athlete at Norris High School, teams love Reetz's athleticism and believe it will give him a chance to succeed at the next level, regardless of his future defensive home.

 

Full Scouting Report

Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 20-80 scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second. 

Hit: 45/55

Reetz has a consistent, balanced swing from the right side, with above-average bat speed and excellent bat-to-ball skills; strong hands and wrists allow him to fire the barrel through the hitting zone at the last moment; combination of feel for the strike zone and outstanding plate coverage results in hard contact to all fields.

Courtesy of Baseball America

 

Power: 40/50

Possesses some untapped power potential in 6’1", 206-pound frame; swing is geared towards hard, line-drive contact rather than power; power should be at least average at maturity.

 

Speed: 55/50

Excellent athlete with above-average speed; could enjoy a career at several other positions if catching doesn’t work out.

Courtesy of Big League Futures

 

Arm: 45/55

Above-average arm strength can be limited by inconsistent release and footwork; has been clocked at 90-plus on the mound; more than enough to profile at the position long-term.

 

Defense: 40/50

Athleticism is obvious behind the plate, as he moves well in all directions and makes quick adjustments; pop times aren’t impressive due to catch-and-throw issues and inefficient footwork; receiving is currently his greatest weakness behind the plate but is expected to improve as he handles more high-quality pitchers.

  

MLB Player Comparison: Jonathan Lucroy

It’s hard to envision Reetz becoming a star-caliber defender like Lucroy, but he could have a similar offensive profile at maturity, with average home run power and knack for peppering line drives from line to line.

 

Projection: Second-division catcher

 

Major Leagues ETA: 2018

 

Chances of Signing: 60 percent

Reetz is perceived to have a strong commitment to the University of Nebraska, where he’ll likely have the opportunity to serve as a two-way player for the Cornhuskers.

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