A national champion with Vanderbilt in 2019, left-hander Jake Eder is coming off an uneven spring. The Marlins are counting on him to rebound after making him their fourth-round selection of the 2020 MLB Draft. Miami has used five straight picks—No. 3, No. 40, No. 61, No. 75 and No. 104 overall—on pitchers.
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Measurables: 21 years old, 6-foot-4, 210 pounds
Pre-Draft Rankings: No. 70 (Baseball America), No. 59 (MLB Pipeline), No. 88 (2080 Baseball)
Previously Drafted? No
Slot Value: $560,000
NCAA career (2018-2020): 4.00 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 105 K in 92.1 IP
Baseball America: “He is something of an enigma for scouts to figure out because of his inconsistency. Scouts still love the way his arm works and believe he has close to a perfect pitcher’s frame at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, but his command is spotty and his fastball velocity comes and goes. One day he’ll throw in the 90-93 mph range, the next he’ll sit 92-96 and another day he could be 89-92. Eder’s breaking ball is a plus pitch when it’s on but, like his fastball velocity, is inconsistent. He lands his curveball for more strikes than his fastball, and he also has a fringe-average changeup in the mix. Eder has struggled to repeat his delivery going back to his high school days, and if that’s the reason for his struggles then there could be cause for concern that he’ll be able to figure it out. Teams have seen him locked in enough to know he’s capable of putting everything together.”
MLB Pipeline: “He did a much better job of harnessing his stuff in the Cape Cod League in the summer and during fall practice, but his velocity and control regressed during the shortened 2020 season.”
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