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School: Illinois State; Class: Redshirt Junior
Position: RHP; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-5; Weight: 220 pounds
Previously Drafted: N/A
Background: I’m always flummoxed that in an era of overexposure and vast resources that a player with Savas’ stature, 6-5 and 220 pounds, production (100.1 IP, 98 K’s, and 41 BB’s as a redshirt sophomore), and accomplishments – he was named to the Cape Cod All-Star Team – doesn’t get at least a sniff from some big league organization.
Frankly, if I’m running the show somewhere I demand how a player of Savas’ caliber somehow falls through the cracks a la Zachary Petrick. It’s unacceptable.
For his part, though, Savas has been flying under the radar his entire career. A lightly recruited high school player, the big right-hander stepped on Illinois State’s campus and instantly became a productive collegiate player. He would eventually succumb to Tommy John surgery, knocking him out for the entire 2012 season. But his bounce back year the following season – 100.1, 8.79 K/9 and 3.68 BB/9 – quelled any concerns about his health, as did his work in the Cape last summer too (36 IP, 34 K’s, and 12 BB’s).
This season he averaged 8.15 K/9 and 3.42 BB/9 while topping the 100-inning-mark once again.
Projection: It’s a mystery as to why Savas hasn’t gotten any more looks at this point in his career. He’s not an elite prospect, but one that could easily develop into a solid #4-type arm.
Savas will miss some bats, not a whole but enough. His control has been steadily improving. And he’s proven that he can hang with the best collegiate competition in the league. Simply put, he’s going to shock whichever big league organization drafts him.
Ceiling: 2.0-win player
Floor: 0.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate
Draft Projection: Third Round
Photo Courtesy of MVC-Sports.com.