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School: Central Michigan; Class: Junior
Position: RHP; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-3; Weight: 223 pounds
Previously Drafted: New York Yankees, 26th round, 2011
Background: The evolution of Jordan Foley has been an arduous process, one that has the 6-foot-3 right-hander going from a pitcher that walked nearly a batter per inning during his freshman season to a complete pitcher two years later.
Foley, who struck out 25 and walked 34 in 37.1 innings in his first season with Central Michigan, took a huge developmental step forward during his sophomore season, his first as a fulltime starting pitcher. In 15 starts (90.2 innings), the former 26th round draft pick fanned 90 and nearly cut his walk rate in half, all the way down to 4.37 BB/9. And he continued that progress in the Cape last summer, throwing 27 innings with 34 strikeouts and 10 walks.
This year Foley’s control took the most important leap forward, going from below-average to above-average; he walked just 28 in a career best 97.2 innings.
Projection: Certainly not overpowering, but the strides in his control/command suggest that Foley can at least stay in the rotation for the time being. On the downside, however, is that the right-hander’s K-rate this season, 7.46, took a rather large step backward.
Another fringe #4-type arm if everything breaks right. But his work in the Cape last summer, which came almost exclusively out of the pen, could be a harbinger of things to come. Foley could be a potential late inning reliever.
Ceiling: 1.0- to 1.5-win player
Floor: Replacement Level to 0.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low
Draft Projection: Fourth Round
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