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2016 Draft Profile: Matt Krook

School: University of Oregon; Class: Red Shirt Sophomore

Position: LHP; B/T: L/L

Height: 6-3; Weight: 217

Previously Drafted: Miami Marlins, 1st round, 2013

 

Background: Easily one of the top lefties in the entire 2013 draft class – at any level – the Marlins grabbed the then-teenager with the 35th overall pick that year, but failed to come to terms after a post-draft physical raised some red flags. Krook, the sixth southpaw taken that year, opted to take the collegiate route and head to the Land of the Ducks.

And, unfortunately, for Krook, the Marlins’ teams doctors proved to be right: Just eight starts into his collegiate career – albeit, eight very dominant starts – he was shutdown and eventually underwent the knife. For Tommy John surgery.

Krook, who would eventually miss the entire 2015 season, finally made his way back to the Ducks this year. Through his first 15 games, 13 of which were starts, Krook has continued to miss bats – he’s fanned 68 in his first 53.2 innings – but his control has left a lot to be desired (he’s walked 49).

 

Projection: Such as interesting case. Krook obviously has the pedigree to go in the opening round – again. But will teams be scared off by his surgically repaired elbow? If not, what about his inability to find the strike zone in 2016? Now to be fair, Krook showed solid-average control during his freshman season, so there’s hope that he can bounce back.

Personally, I like him. Quite a bit.

And I think Krook is primed to go with a team with multiple first round picks. Assuming the control/command bounces back he could potentially develop into a #2/#3-type arm.

 

Ceiling: 2.5- to 3.0-win player

Floor:  1.0-win player

Risk: High

Grade: First Round

 

 



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.


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