2014 Draft Profile: Jalen Beeks

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School: Arkansas; Class: Junior

Position: LHP; B/T: L/L

Height: 5-11; Weight: 180 pounds

Previously Drafted: N/A

 

Background: The smallish left-hander out of Prairie Grove, Arkansas was worked his way up Crowder Community College, where he struck out 90 in 78.2 innings, to reliable Razorback reliever to the nation’s premier summer league (the Cape) to becoming one of the club’s top three starters this season.

Through his first 12 starts in 2013, Beeks, who stands just 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, has fanned 59 and walked just 18, numbers more or less in line with his work as a reliever last year.

 

Projection: Fringe starting pitcher in the professional ranks. Beeks hasn’t missed bats since transforming to Arkansas – he’s struck out 87 in 117.2 innings – but he has shown a strong ability to miss bats, though I’m not convinced it’s enough to compensate.

He’s in the Aaron Laffey mold – finesse, serviceable lefty with some big league potential but not a whole lot.

 

Ceiling: 0.5- to 1.0-win player

Floor: Replacement Level

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate

Draft Projection: Seventh Round

 

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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.