College Draft Profile: Jared King

 

Jared King, CF, Kansas State University

Class: Junior; Height: 6-1; Weight: 200; B/T: B/L

Updated: 06/03/13

The 2012 Big 12 regular-season batting champ, King’s production has dipped a bit during his junior campaign. After slugging .377/.453/.577 in 2012, the switch-hitting outfielder is hitting .332/.427/.510 through 55 games, adding 15 doubles, a pair of triples, six dingers, and 14 stolen bases (in 19 attempts).

 Projection: A do-everything-type center fielder without a true standout tool, King has the potential to develop into a league average regular. He shows decent pop, a bit of speed, and some on-base skills. The problem, however, is K-State’s home ballpark tends to inflate offensive numbers. And once King’s production is adjusted for the park and schedule his Weighted On Base Average drops seven points, from .418 to .411 (according to CollegeSplits).

Ceiling: 2.0-win (starter)

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate

Drafted: Second 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.