2014 Draft Profile: Ben Wetzler

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School: Oregon State; Class: Senior

Position: LHP; B/T: L/L

Height: 6-1; Weight: 195 pounds

Previously Drafted: Philadelphia Phillies, 5th round, 2013


Background: The recipient of some incredible mistreatment from both the Philadelphia Phillies and the dictatorship known as the NCAA, Wetzler was – famously, or infamously – suspended for 20% of the college season because, you know, someone in the Phils’ front office had their feelings hurt when the southpaw decided to – God forbid! – head back to school.

Despite missing 11 games, Wetzler has been absolutely brilliant through his first 10 appearances. The 6-foot-1 southpaw has allowed just six earned runs in 69 innings (0.78 ERA) to go along with 51 strikeouts and 23 walks.


Projection: Now the bad news: Wetzler just doesn’t miss enough bats to warrant early round consideration. The control is a tangible skill, but he’s just going to be a little too hittable in the middle- to upper-levels of the minor leagues.

Wetzler has the peak of a decent #5 and the floor as a replaceable/serviceable middle relief arm. He’s likely to be nabbed somewhere near the fifth round again – though it’s pretty safe to say that we could successfully eliminate one team from that list.


Ceiling: 1.0- to 1.5-win player

Floor: Replacement Level to 0.5-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate

Draft Projection: Fourth Round


Photo Courtesy of Scobel Wiggins/Oregon State Athletics via osubeavers.com.



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.