2014 Draft Profile: Eric Skoglund

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School: University of Central Florida; Class: Junior

Position: LHP; B/T: L/L

Height: 6-7; Weight: 200 pounds

Previously Drafted: N/A

 

Background: The lanky left-hander out of Sarasota, Florida was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2012, a distinction earned by averaging nearly a punch out per inning and showing solid control while splitting his time between the bullpen and rotation.

Seemingly poised as a breakout candidate for the following season, the wheels fell off as Skoglund struggled as a fulltime member of the rotation, allowing more walks (29) than strikeouts (26).

The 6-foot-7 left-hander has righted the ship during his junior season, showing an improved ability to miss bats (7.84 K/9) as a starter to go along with the best control he’s shown to date (2.13 BB/9).

 

Projection: Skoglund has the one thing that can’t be taught – size. Standing 6-foot-7 and barely an apple slice over 200 pounds, he has plenty of room to fill out. Decent strikeout numbers, though they’ll decline in the middle levels of the minor leagues.

He’s a nice back-of-the-rotation option down the line, someone in the mold of Brian Tallet early in his career or Brian Flynn, who is currently working his way through the minors in the Miami organization.

 

Ceiling: 0.5- to 1.0-win player

Floor: 0.5-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate

Draft Projection: Fourth/Fifth Round

 

Photo Courtesy of Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda via OrlandoSentinel.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.