- King is a 12th round pick (2016) out of Boston College where he was solid and helped them reach the NCAA Super Regionals last year. The 21 year old began his pro career in the GCL and advanced to a cup of coffee at LoA Greensboro. He returns there for his first full season and set a career-high with 9 K’s on April 10th. He was a pitch-to-contact type coming out of the draft, so the nice early season K/BB ratio is an eye-opener. He does comes equipped with pinpoint control, a quality sinker and a nice complement of off-speed stuff.
- Mets #14 ranked prospect and a 2015 UTR-OAS
TOP AL UTR PITCHING PERFORMANCE RHP Jake Jewell (HiA Inland Empire – Los Angeles Angels) 23 years old 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K Season Stats: 0-0, 0.82 ERA, 11 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 12 K in 2 starts
- The 5th round pick by the Angels in 2014 has been somewhat of an enigma here at UTRMinors. Jewell is on the UTR criteria bubble being drafted during the first 5 rounds. The right-hander had a successful pro debut in the rookie leagues and borderline breakout in 2015 at loA Burlington. My system wasn’t kind to strong framed (6′ 3″ 200 lbs) 23 year old, as he failed to make the post-season OAS roster for the Angels. That could have been a precursor of things to come, as Jewell derailed in 2016 with a 6.31 ERA and spike in walks issued (4.3 BB9). He struggles with command of his 92-95 fastball and was dealing with mechanics problems. Don’t give up on him yet. Jewell tumbled as the #5 ranked prospect in 2016 to #29 to begin 2017. He’s repeating at HiA Inland Empire and is off to a great start.