2014 Draft Profile: Matt Imhof

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School: Cal Poly; Class: Junior

Position: LHP; B/T: L/L

Height: 6-5; Weight: 220 pounds

Previously Drafted: N/A


Background: One of the better performers for the USA National Collegiate Team last summer, Imhof, who struck out 18, walked five and allowed just one earned run in 17.0 innings in international play, carried that momentum into his junior season. In his first 76.1 innings for Cal Poly this year, the lanky left-hander has paced all of Division I baseball with 103 strike outs (12.09 K/9).

This is just the latest developmental step forward for Imhof, who began his collegiate career as a part-time reliever and has progressed into weekend starter and now a legitimate team ace this season.


Projection: Not blessed with the same type of arm as fellow southpaws Carlos Rodon and Brandon Finnegan, Imhof, nonetheless, rates fairly high up the prospect charts. He’s tall and projectable thanks to his lean 6-foot-5 frame.

Imhof, obviously, has an above-average ability to miss bats, though that’s likely to hover near the league average in the professional ranks. His control is decent, not great. But he’s also shown an ability to dominate against some of the better international competition.

A solid, mid-rotation-type arm, something along the lines of a very lite version of Chris Sale.



Ceiling: 3.5-win player

Floor: 1.5- to 2.0-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate

Draft Projection: First/Second Round


Photo Courtesy of Cal Poly Athletics



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.