2014 Draft Profile: Jake Stinnett

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School: Maryland; Class: Senior

Position: RHP; B/T: R/R

Height: 6-4; Weight: 215 pounds

Previously Drafted: Pittsburgh Pirates, 29th round, 2013

 

Background: Yet another failed-position-player-turned-pitcher, Stinnett, who batted .181/.272/.319 across parts of two seasons, converted into a fulltime pitcher for the first time last season. Splitting his time between the bullpen and rotation, Stinnett tossed 63.2 innings of solid ball, striking out 48 and walking 24 while posting a 2.83 ERA. And despite the lack of a track record, the 6-foot-4 right-hander showed enough to convince the Pirates to take a late round gamble on him, though he would opt to return to the Terps for his final season.

Here’s why I love position-players-turned-pitchers: in his second full year as a pitcher, and his first as regular starting pitcher, Stinnett has fanned 113 hitters, the third most in D1 baseball, trailing the leader, Zac Curtis, by just five.

 

Projection: Fresh, developing arm with the potential to help fill out the front half of a big league rotation. Above-average ability to miss bats with solid-average or better control. And, again, Stinnett still has room to grow as begins to further hone his new craft.

Unfortunately for him, he’s going to hold very little signing leverage because he’s a senior.

Stinnett’s a legit #2/3-type arm.

 

Ceiling: 4.0-win player

Floor: 1.5-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate to Above-Average

Draft Projection: First Round

 



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.