Fourth Round: Pirates Draft Right-Handed Pitcher Jacob Taylor

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted right-handed pitcher Jacob Taylor from Pearl River Community College in the fourth round. Taylor is a former outfielder, but moved to the mound full-time with Pearl River, where he seems to have more upside. He’s 6′ 3″, 215 pounds, and sits 93-94 MPH, touching 97. Baseball America had him ranked 97th, MLB.com had him 77th, and Keith Law had him 56th.

The downside with Taylor is that he lacks control and good secondary stuff. He has clean arm action and a quick delivery. His slider shows some promise, but gets slurvey at times and doesn’t have the bite it needs. He also needs to develop a changeup, and doesn’t really have much with that pitch at the moment.

Taylor looks like a project with a great arm. He’s got a commitment to LSU, but was probably drafted high enough to break that and go pro. The upside with the arm makes him a good pick here. The Pirates will have a lot of work to do to improve his command, and teach him some secondary stuff. They’ve done well teaching control, and teaching a changeup. The slider shows some promise, so they don’t have to start from scratch there. This looks like a good project with a lot of upside, and not much risk in the fourth round.

Jacob Taylor’s Player Page

  • Omg. It’s Stetson Allie

  • Buddy Turney
    June 9, 2015 2:38 pm

    I wonder if he is son of Jake Taylor the catcher for the Cleveland Indians in Major League 🙂

  • Darkstone42
    June 9, 2015 2:38 pm

    Now for the arms. Prediction: Hooper will be their 5th round pick if he falls to them. Hellinger, I anticipate, is on their radar between rounds 5 and 10 as well.

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    June 9, 2015 2:27 pm

    Plus, he’s only 19 – turns 20 in July….

  • this looks like the kind of pic everyone here has been waiting for

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    June 9, 2015 2:26 pm

    From what I’ve read, this looks like a good value pick – was ranked #77 on mlb.com. He looks like a good RH starter prospect…

    • Darkstone42
      June 9, 2015 2:27 pm

      Perhaps a bit of a project right now, with only one pitch (that awesome fastball) and command issues, but he was an outfielder to start his college career, so there might be some room to grow. I like the 97 max fastball, sitting 93 late in games, and the solid build, though.

      • Obviously a very athletic player, and the time in the OF means less wear and tear on the arm – this is more of what I expected from the Pirates.

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