2014 Draft Profile: Jace Fry

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School: Oregon State; Class: Junior

Position: LHP; B/T: /L

Height: 6-0; Weight: 197 pounds

Previously Drafted: Oakland A’s, 9th round, 2011


Background: Teaming with fellow OSU southpaw Ben Wetzler, the duo has combined to post an incredible 1.12 ERA across 208.6 innings of work this season.

Fry, a former 9th round pick by the A’s coming out of high school, has rebounded nicely after missing all but 7.2 innings last year – a wonky elbow that would eventually require Tommy John surgery. This season the 6-foot left-hander has set career bests in nearly in nearly every statistical category – K/9 (7.44), BB/9 (2.30), ERA (1.45), HR/9 (.079), innings pitched (113.2), complete games (4), and shutouts (4).

Fry was also named to various Freshman All-American Teams (Second by Louisville Slugger and a pair of Firsts by Baseball America and Perfect Game USA).


Projection: Absolutely amazing given the fact that he’s on the comeback trail from Tommy John surgery, which raises a red flag about the number of innings he’s already thrown this season.

A higher ceiling than that of rotation-mate Wetzler, though only slightly, Fry profiles as a better-than-average #5/fringe #4-type arm. It’ll be interesting to see if his K-rate spikes a little more than the average collegiate hurler in the low levels of the minors as he moves further away from the surgery/rehab.

Better than average control with an idea how to use a rather blasé arsenal. One of the safer third/fourth round picks.


Ceiling: 1.5-win player

Floor: 0.5-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate  to Above-Average

Draft Projection: Third/Fourth Round


Photo Courtesy of Mark Ylen | Corvallis Gazette-Times via gazettetimes.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.