Jacob Webb

JACOB WEBB, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: June 5, 1999
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 19th Round, 568th Overall, 2017
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Pittsburg HS (KS)
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Webb seems like a classic projectable prep pitcher for the Pirates.  He’s got a 6′ 4″, 200 pound frame; he filled out some in 2017, having been listed at 185 the prior year.  His delivery has been described as smooth and fluid, throwing from a high three-quarters arm slot with the ability to repeat.  He sat at 86-90 MPH, topping out at 92, at the time of the draft, but throws on a downhill angle with some sink to his fastball.  He also throws a curveball that has tight, late spin and sits in the mid- to upper-70s.  Prep Baseball Report ranked Webb 3rd overall in Kansas, in a weak class for the state.  They also ranked him 245th overall out of high school players in the draft.  Webb had a commitment to Kansas State but, maybe a little surprisingly, signed with the Pirates for the slot amount.

2017
R:  0-1-0, 6.43 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, 7.0 IP, 5.1 BB/9, 2.6 K/9

Webb pitched only sparingly in the GCL and not at all in the season’s final month, which he spent rehabbing from arm soreness.  When Webb was able to pitch he mostly struggled.  He ended up having surgery on his elbow, specifically ulnar nerve transposition, in which a nerve is repositioned to alleviate soreness.

Webb should be ready to open the 2018 season, especially given that he’ll undoubtedly head to one of the short season teams.  That could either be Bristol or the GCL.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2018: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $125,000
MiLB Debut: 2017
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2023
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 14, 2017: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 19th round, 568th overall pick; signed on June 22.

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