Bobby Wahl, RHP, University of Mississippi
Class: Junior; Height: 6-3; Weight: 210
Originally nabbed in the latter rounds of the 2010 draft by the Cleveland Indians, Wahl, much like Florida’s Jonathon Crawford, has really taken a step back developmentally this season.
After flourishing as a starter during his sophomore season (99 IP, 9.45 K/9 and 2.91 BB/9), the big right-hander has seen an alarming decrease in his K-rate (7.19 K/9) as well as a huge jump in his BB-rate (4.05 BB/9). And his ERA, 2.03, is quite misleading; his FIP is nearly two runs higher, at 3.82.
Projection: Wahl’s success this season is largely driven by an unsustainably low batting average against (.197). If that were to normalize his ERA would spike dramatically. He’s probably not a second round talent, but could very well find himself being drafted there as due to his step back this season. Back rotation fodder or good bullpen arm.
Ceiling: 1.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate
Drafted: Second or Third Round
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