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School: Ole Miss; Class: Junior
Position: RHP; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-2; Weight: 210 pounds
Previously Drafted: Washington Nationals, 20th round, 2011
Background: The big, 6-foot-2, Mississippi-born right-hander has finally come into his own this season after struggling through parts of his first two seasons as he split time between the bullpen and rotation. Laxer, who transitioned into a fulltime reliever this season, has been nothing short of dominant for the Rebels.
In 30.2 innings, he’s posted a tidy 1.47 ERA to go along with matching peripherals: 10.86 K/99 and 2.64 BB/9. Both, unsurprisingly, mark career bests for Laxer, who struck out the same amount of hitters (37) and walked 29 in 69.1 innings heading into the year.
Projection: Big, big time strikeout potential – if Laxer stays in the bullpen, which will likely happen given the vast differences between his previous production and this year’s numbers. The control, which was never a horrible skill, took a rather large developmental step forward this season, encroaching on above-average territory.
Laxer could be one these guys that could be found in the mid rounds – fourth, fifth, sixth, etc… – that could be plunked down in High-A and move quickly. Not sure if he’s an elite relief prospect, if there ever was such a thing (there isn’t), but he profiles as a strong eighth inning-type.
Ceiling: 1.0-win player
Floor: 0.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate
Draft Projection: Fifth Round
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