2014 Draft Profile: Chris Oliver

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School: Arkansas; Class: Junior

Position: RHP; B/T: R/R

Height: 6-4; Weight: 180 pounds

Previously Drafted: Baltimore Orioles, 27th round, 2011

 

Background: A member of Arkansas’ vaunted three-man rotation, Oliver, along with fellow right-handers Jalen Beeks and Trey Killian, have posted sub-3.00 ERAs. Oliver, a former Orioles late-round draft pick coming out of high school, made the transition from little used reliever to full-time starting pitcher this season.

Through his first 13 starts (76.0 IP), the 6-foot-4 right-hander has fanned 49 and walked 27 while surrendering 11 extra-base hits.

 

Projection: There’s a couple of things working in Oliver’s favor, especially considering his lack of strikeouts in 2014: First, Arkansas’ home ballpark is incredibly hitter-friendly; secondly, he’s tossed just 36.1 innings during his collegiate career prior to the year, so there’s not much wear-and-tear on his arm.

Solid-average control and his well below-average strikeout ability should improve with experience. There’s plenty of projection left given his lean frame. Sort of a mid-rotation sleeper-type.

 

Ceiling: 2.5- to 3.0-win player

Floor: 0.5- to 1.0-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low

Draft Projection: Second Round

 

Photo Courtesy of uatrav.com.

 



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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.