School: University of Illinois; Class: Junior
Position: RHP; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-4; Weight: 210
Previously Drafted: N/A
Background: Penned like a Hollywood script, Sedlock went from throwing 31+ innings in each of his first two seasons with the Fightin’ Illini to winning the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year in 2016. Of course, throwing 101.1 innings with an impeccable 116-to-31 strikeout-to-walk ratio to go along with a 2.49 ERA does a lot to propel one up the prospect lists. As of May 26th, among all Division I players Sedlock ranks tenth in strikeouts.
For his career, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound right-hander owns a 175-to-52 strikeout-to-walk ratio with a 2.96 ERA in 164 innings of work.
Per the school’s website, here are some of the awards/recognitions/numbers that’s he’s garnered in 2016:
- Unanimous All-Big Ten first team
- Illinois single season strikeout record holder, breaking John Ericks’ 28-year record
- Illinois Big Ten season strikeout record holder (75), breaking Marv Rotblatt’s 68-year record
- 2 in Illinois history in career ERA during Big Ten games
- Big Ten leader in strikeouts (116)
- Big Ten leader in innings pitched (101.1)
Projection: Just to kind of put these into perspective, consider the following two anecdotes:
- Between 2011 and 2015 there was only one Big Ten pitcher – Maryland’s Mike Shawaryn – to throw more than 100 innings and average 10 K/9. Sedlock would be the second.
- Again, between 2011 and 2015, there have been only 13 pitchers to throw 100+ innings, average 10+ K/9, walk fewer than 3.0 BB/9, and surrender fewer than 0.4 HR/9. Five of which were first round picks: Mark Appel, Trevor Bauer, Chi Chi Gonalez, Jon Gray, and Aaron Nola.
Big Ten pitchers have been – for the most part – utter disappointments in professional baseball. Obviously, former teammate Tyler Jay would be the outlier. Anyway, Sedlock isn’t particularly overpowering, but he’ll average around 7.5 K/9 in professional ranks with solid control/command.
He hasn’t been put through the ringer in terms of wear-and-tear, so there may be some projection left in his right-arm. Look for him to be a solid #3/#4-type arm.
Ceiling: 1.5- to 2.0-win player
Floor: 1.0-win player
Grade: Second Round