French, Parker

2014 Draft Profile: Parker French

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School: Texas; Class: Junior

Position: RHP; B/T: R/R

Height: 6-2; Weight: 218 pounds

Previously Drafted: N/A

 

Background: As far as superficial statistics go, French has been among the most consistent performers in college baseball. The Australian-born right-hander is on pace to post his third consecutive sub-3.00 ERA (2.83, 2.63, and 2.27). The critical statistics, however, have either been trending in the wrong direction (walk rate) or have been improving, but remaining woefully sorry (strikeout rate).

 

Projection: A solid collegiate hurler – after all, he owns a career 2.59 ERA – but French’s professional stock isn’t all that high. He’s never missed a whole lot of bats – this season’s rate, 5.97, is the highest of his career – and his control has been slowly regressing, going from 2.56 BB/9 to 2.79 BB/9 to 3.35 BB/9 He does limit homeruns – he’s surrender just four in his career – so there’s some hope that he could be a groundball pitcher because he isn’t overly dominating.

In the end, French has, maybe, the ceiling of a fringe #5 starting pitcher, but he’s likely to get to get pushed in the bullpen at some point to extract as much big league value, if any, out of his right arm or flame out as a minor leaguer.

 

Ceiling: 0.5- to 1.0-win player

Floor: Replacement Level

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low

Draft Projection: Fifth/Sixth Round

 

Photo Courtesy of UT via austinchronicle.com.



About

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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