College Draft Profile: Bobby Wahl

 

Bobby Wahl, RHP, University of Mississippi

Class: Junior; Height: 6-3; Weight: 210

Updated: 06/02/13

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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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.


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