2015 MLB Draft Non-Scouting Report: Tyler Jay – LHP – Illinois


2015 MLB Draft Prospect: Tyler Jay – LHP – Illinois. 6’1″ 185. Class: Junior. DOB: 4.19.94. Last Drafted: Never
In addition to staring on the diamond, Jay played receiver, punter and returned kicks for Lemont (Ill.) HS.  Undrafted out of high school, Jay has been a key part of the Illini bullpen since his freshman year but he vaulted himself into the first round discussion with a stellar stint with Team USA last summer where he put up a season line of 2-0, 0.00 ERA, and 21 K in just 16.2 IP.
Jay has continued his dominance this season, posting a 0.60 ERA, good for second best in the nation.  There’s a lack of consensus on whether Jay, who has just one career college start, will be used as a starter or a reliever as a pro.  There’s more value in a left-handed starter, but if he stays in the pen, he could be fast tracked to the majors.
Statistics *through 6.4.15
It’s important to note that I’m not a scout.  I don’t have the training or expertise that they do.  None of that is going to stop me from sharing my thoughts on the player.
Fastball:  Jay sits at 93-95 mph and can run it up to 98 mph.
Slider:  Jay’s primary secondary pitch is a wipeout slider at 85-87 mph.
Curveball:  Jay has flashed a “get me over” curve at 79-80 mph but he will also throw the ball down in the zone as an out pitch.
Changeup:  This isn’t a pitch that Jay will typically use in shorter appearances as the need generally hasn’t been there when going through the lineup one time.
Though not a big guy, Jay can consistently bump a mid 90’s fastball without a particularly taxing delivery as his premium velocity is generated more by superior arm action than effort.  The release is a true 3/4, yet he finishes north/south without falling off to the third base side.
To start or to relieve?  Less than 48 hours before the draft, Jay is projected to go off the board within the top 5 overall picks.  I firmly believe that an MLB team won’t spend that high of a pick on a pitcher unless they believe he can start. The last true relief pitcher to land in the top 10 picks was Drew Storen (10th) when the Nationals used their second first rounder on him.  Storen wasn’t near the 10th ranked talent in that draft, however they drafted Steven Strasburg at #1 overall which cost them $7.5 Million, so they went under slot at #10 and signed Storen for $1.6 Million.

College Baseball Prospect Update – Pitchers 3.6.15

Inclement weather cancelled many games around the nation last night and in doing so, pushed the usual Friday night starts of many top pitching prospects to Saturday.  
One of the more intriguing matchups last night was #1 Vanderbilt v. #4 UCLA in the Dodgertown Classic that showcased Vanderbilt’s Carson Fulmer against UCLA’s James Kaprielian.  Both righties entered this season as potential 1st round picks.  Fulmer, who’s been pulling the weight of the defending National Champion’s lofty expectations due to the injury of fellow blue chip prospect Walker Buehler, came out on top thanks in part to striking out 9 Bruins in 6.1 innings.  
Cal State Fullerton got off to a slow start offensively this season, but they didn’t need many runs last night against #13 Texas Tech as junior righty Thomas Eshelman was outstanding.  Eshelman struck out 14 Red Riders while surrendering just 5 hits in a complete game shutout.  
Alright.  Enough of this palaver, let’s get this show on the road.  
*Rankings referenced below are those of D1Baseball.com
Southeastern Conference
2015 Draft Class
Carson Fulmer – RHP – Vanderbilt 6.1IP 3H 0ER 5BB 9K.  (W, 3-0).
Trey Killian – RHP – Arkansas 3.2IP 4H 1ER 0BB 3K.  
2016 Draft Class
Logan Shore – RHP – Florida 8IP 5H 0ER 0BB 5K (W, 3-0).  
Wil Crowe – RHP – South Carolina 7IP 5H 0ER 3BB 8K (W, 3-1). 
Atlantic Coast Conference
2015 Draft Class
Mike Compton – RHP – FSU – 9IP 2H 0ER 1BB 7K.  (W, 1-0).  
2016 Draft Class
Zac Gallen – RHP – UNC 7IP 4H 0ER 2BB 12K (W, 1-1)  
Pac 12 Conference
2015 Draft Class
James Kaprielian – RHP – UCLA  5.1IP 8H 4R 3ER 1BB 9K.  (L, 3-1)
Ryan Burr – RHP – ASU  1IP 0H 0ER 1BB 2K.  (S, 5)
Kyle Davis – RHP – USC 4.1IP 5H 4R 2ER 1BB 6K.  (W, 1-0).  Relief win against TCU.
Garrett Cleavinger – LHP – Oregon 1IP 1H 0ER 0BB 1K.  
Cole Irvin – LHP – Oregon 4IP 2H 0ER 0BB 3K.  
2016 Draft Class
Hunter Virant – LHP – UCLA 0.0IP 1H 1ER 0BB 0K.  
Big 12 Conference
2015 Draft Class
Mitchell Traver – RHP – TCU 5.2IP 6H 3R 2ER 1BB 7K.  
Trey Cobb – RHP – Oklahoma State 1IP 0H 0ER 0BB 1K.  
Dalton Brown – RHP – Texas Tech 0.1IP 0H 0ER 0BB 0K.  
Big Ten Conference
2015 Draft Class
Tyler Jay – LHP – Illinois 1.2IP 2H 0ER 1BB 2K.  (S, 4).  Possible 1st Round Pick.
Kevin Duchene – LHP – Illinois 7IP 3H 1ER 1BB 6K.  (W, 2-0).  Signature win against a #21 Oklahoma State team.
Christian Morris – RHP – Indiana 5IP 9H 6R 4ER 0BB 7K.  (W, 2-0).  
American Athletic Conference
2015 Draft Class
Ian Gibaut – RHP – Tulane .2IP 2H 0ER 0BB 1K.  
Jimmy Herget – RHP – South Florida 8IP 2H 0ER 1BB 12K (W, 3-0).  
Conference USA
2015 Draft Class
Kevin McCanna – RHP – Rice 6.2IP 5H 1ER 3BB 5K.  (W, 2-1).  
Best of the Rest
Jon Harris – RHP – Missouri State 7IP 4H 2ER 2BB 13K.
Thomas Eshelman – RHP – Cal State Fullerton 9IP 5K 0ER 1BB 14K.  (W, 2-2).  
Dillon Tate – RHP – UC Santa Barbara 7IP 5H 0ER 3BB 10K.  (W, 3-1).  
Joseph Shaw – RHP – Dallas Baptist 7IP 3H 0ER 0BB 6K.  (W, 3-0).  
Colin Welmon – RHP – Loyola Marymount 5.2IP 7H 2ER 3BB 5K (L, 2-2)
Mike Murray – RHP – Florida Gulf Coast 7IP 3H 3ER 1BB 10K.