2014 Draft Profile: Josh Laxer

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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

 

Photo Courtesy of djournal.com. 

 



About

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.