Pittsburgh Pirates Draft: Five College Pitchers To Keep An Eye On

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Jackson Baumeister

Jackson Baumeister is a talented right-handed pitcher out of Florida State University. Although his surface numbers aren’t too impressive, Baumeister has the potential to be a top-three-round draft pick this year. Baumeister is also on the younger side, as this is only his age-20 campaign.

Baumeister has a poor 5.09 ERA and 1.42 WHIP throughout 69 innings for the Seminoles. However, his overall peripherals reflect a solid pitcher. Baumeister has struck out just over a quarter of the opponents he’s faced with a 25.7% strikeout rate while carrying a quality 0.65 HR/9. Baumeister isn’t a pitcher who relies on simply overpowering batters, either. He also has a solid 7.8% walk rate.

The right-hander displays an impressive fastball on the mound. He typically sits 92-95 MPH but cranks it up to 97 MPH. He takes a lot off his four-seamer to toss his mid-70s curveball. However, his low-80s slider is the best breaking ball in his arsenal. Baumeister also has a fourth pitch, specifically a change-up.

Baumeister has a strong build, standing at 6’4”, 226 pounds. His mechanics are fluid and a relatively low-effort delivery. Because of that, there’s certainly room for improvement regarding his command. His control has certainly improved this year, but consistent command remains his largest issue.

Baumeister will likely end up as a top-three-round pick. However, with him being a sophomore, he’ll have more leverage in negotiations. But there’s a lot to like about Baumeister. The stuff, the size and frame, and the makeup certainly are attractive qualities to his game.