2016 Draft Profile: Jon Duplantier

School: Rice University; Class: Senior

Position: RHP; B/T: R/R

Height: 6-4; Weight: 225

Previously Drafted: N/A


Background: And another one bites the dust… Duplantier is just the latest – and certainly not the last – hard-throwing hurler chewed up and spit out by the Rice University arm-shredding machine. After a mostly positive freshman season in 2014 – he finished the year with a 2.29 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 59 innings, but also walked 38 – the 6-foot-4, 225-pound right-hander (not-so-shockingly) missed the entire 2015 season because…wait for it…an arm injury. Thankfully, he didn’t have to undergo the surgical knife to repair it.

Healthy – finally – this season Duplantier not only regained his previous form, his production has ascended towards college baseball’s best in 2016. Through his first 106.0 innings of work he’s fanned a mind-boggling 143 hitters, the second-best mark among all DI pitchers, and his strikeout rate (12.14 K/9) is the eighth highest total as well.


Projection: Personally, I would try and avoid hurlers coming out of Arm Shredder U. like the plague. Maybe it’s a personal bias, but there’s a seemingly high risk with arms that come through the school. Anyway, Duplantier – ignoring the fact that he missed the entire 2015 season – has been nothing short of dominant this year.

He’s ability to miss bats looks like a premium. And his control, which was well below-average as a freshman, looks to be no worse than solid two years later.

But, again, circling back to my first point: after not throwing a meaningful pitch in 2015, the coaching staff runs him out there for more nearly double his high in innings in season.

So…be careful, I guess.


Ceiling: 2.5-win player

Floor: 1.0-win player

Risk: High

Grade: First Round




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.