Jacob Parker Scouting Report — RHP, Georgia Southern University

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Prospect: Jacob Parker
Position: Right-Handed Pitcher
Organization: Georgia Southern University
Height/Weight: 6’7”, 243 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Age/DOB: Redshirt Freshman (Four-Year)
Acquired/Hometown: Monroe, GA (Bethlehem Christian Academy)

June 7, 2018 — Orange County Riptide (California Collegiate League)
Big, strong Georgia Southern University redshirt-freshman reliever pitching for Orange County Riptide in summer ball action in the CCL in 2018 … Big, powerful frame with strong lower half; a little bit of room left to really tighten up and build out some muscle/drop baby fat with age, but already a powerful kid with leverage from height and potential for explosiveness through trunk. High three-quarters release point; arm strength is still catching up to size/body, four-seam fastball sat 84-89 in my early June look; paired it with 83-86 two-seam fastball, 77-79 changeup, and 70-74 curveball … Curveball was his go-to pitch here; went to it early and often against both RHH and LHH; changeup used relatively more sparingly. Good command feel for curveball side to side, and both early and late in counts. Trusts the curve; feel to spin it with decent results. Good break and depth on it, 12-to-6 offering that has value even against LHH. Would get lazy and lack sharpness at points — needs to throw it a bit harder, most likely — but enough strike zone feel in any count to keep hitters honest. Consistency imperative; must generally finish the curve better, but real feel for spin with encouraging ability to execute; even threw it on a 3-1 count (for a strike) at one point … OK arm-side life to his fastball, plays up some with downward plane from height; run/sink looks particularly good on two-seamer, as expected. More velo likely to come with fastball; as it is now, not enough to overpower hitters, but plane and run can get in on RHH hands and off barrels when spotted well down in the zone. Changeup firm, more of a show-me without a ton of tumble or late downward life right now … Jacob Parker threw just 4.2 innings this spring in his redshirt freshman season at Georgia Southern University; no question he needs more innings as his career progresses to iron out curveball, build velo, and really develop a changeup. Enough physical upside and projection in his stuff here to think about a future rotation role, but considerable work to do to get there; ideally, in two years, he’ll be sitting in the low-90s with a sharp, upper-70s power curve, making himself a follow for the 2020 MLB Draft.

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