Round Two, Pick 47 Selection: Jacob Heatherly
Age: 19 years
Position: Left-handed pitcher
School: Cullman High School, Alabama
Height/Weight: 6″3’/200 lbs.
The LA Angels take another pitcher in round two, albeit a very different player. Jacob Heatherly is a high school leftie. He has very efficient control and command of his pitches. However, he is not just a finesse pitcher, as he also flashes exceptional velocity. His delivery is extremely quick, making it easy for him to be consistent with it.
Heatherly has a nice arsenal of pitchers, including a fastball, slider, curveball, and changeup. Heatherly himself claims his fastball is his best pitch, saying “I got it up to 95 this summer and I’m seeing a lot more velocity coming up on it this spring. I’ve been working really hard this fall, and I would say my fastball is probably my best pitch. It runs and it sinks well, and it throws hitters off balance.”
This confidence in his fastball is great, especially considering that most experts seem to agree all of his breaking ball pitches are average to above-average. Heatherly is a wildcard in this draft. He could go as high as the late first first round, but has also been projected as a third rounder. His potential is at least as a mid-rotation starter, with possibility of a number two guy.
If he slips to the Halos in the second round, they should pounce on the young prospect.