2014 Draft Profile: Brandon Woodruff

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School: Mississippi State; Class: Junior

Position: RHP; B/T: L/R

Height: 6-2; Weight: 231 pounds

Previously Drafted: Texas Rangers, 5th round, 2011


Background: Just another example of what can happen to young arms taken fairly early and bypass a chance at the pros – and a lot of money – in favor of playing collegiately. Woodruff, a fifth round pick by the Rangers coming out of high school, reportedly turned down second round money, somewhere north of $400,000, to play at Mississippi State. Unfortunately, and somewhat quite predictably, Woodruff succumbed to Tommy John surgery half way through his sophomore season.

Through parts of three seasons, the 6-foot-2 right-hander has thrown just 86.0 IP while averaging 8.37 K/9 and 4.92 BB/9.


Projection: Very similar to that of former Oklahoma State right-hander Jason Hursh, who was nabbed by the Braves in the first round last season despite missing significant time due to Tommy John surgery. Woodruff is another lively armed pitcher that could find his name being called somewhere between rounds 2 and 3.

He’s going to have to be brought up to speed slowly, but there’s some big league rotation potential here. The control will eventually bounce back after this season; granted, it couldn’t get much worse. And in limited time he’s shown a pretty good ability to miss bats.

Complete wild card, though. If everything breaks right he – maybe – could develop into a #3/4-type arm. But if his control/command continues to flounder in the below-average range then he’s likely looking at an eighth inning role. Again, health is going to be a concern moving forward


Ceiling: 2.0-win player

Floor: Replacement Level to 0.5-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low

Draft Projection: Third Round


Photo Courtesy of MSU Athletics via cdispatch.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.