Name: Kevin Jacob
School level: JR
In the 18th round the Yankees took an interesting pitcher out of Georgia Tech named Kevin Jacob. He’s interesting because he throws 94-97 and he is represented by Scott Boras. The Yankees are probably very intersted in this kid, but it is going to take a lot to sign him. Right now he’s a draft and follow guy meaning that the Yankees will watch him this summer before deciding whether or not to sign him.
He looks kind of like Tim Lincecum on the mound, but he doesn’t have his awesome changeup. If the Yankees manage to sign this guy then it is one hell of an 18th round pick.
Here is what Baseball America had to say about him:
Jacob started the year high on most clubs’ follow lists after he was the top prospect in the Alaska League last summer, while other clubs don’t like him at all due to his extreme mechanics. Jacob points his lead arm straight up into the sky and nearly reaches the ground with his throwing hand as he tilts back, giving him tremendous leverage toward home plate. He had made just 10 appearances this spring due to a weightlifting injury to his throwing shoulder that kept him out for two months. He has touched 98 mph in the past, and was sitting 94-97 when he returned in mid-May. He also throws a hard slider in the mid- to upper 80s that has some depth when he backs off it a bit. He also flashes a split-finger fastball to lefthanded hitters. Jacob’s injury, odd mechanics and track record, as well as being advised by Boras Corp., make it tough to read where he’ll go in the draft.
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