Draft | Prospect Scouting Reports | 5/30/2019

2019 MLB Draft Reports: 401-450

Vincent Cervino         Jheremy Brown         Greg Gerard        
Photo: Jeff Belge (St. John's Athletics)

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401. Brannon Jordan, rhp, Cowley County JC (SO)
R-R, 6-2/195, Collinsville, Okla.
Previously Drafted: Never Drafted | College Commitment: South Carolina

A South Carolina signee who is expected to immediately help stabilize the Gamecocks pitching staff next spring, assuming he makes it to campus, Jordan enjoyed an outstanding sophomore campaign for Cowley, a team that advanced to the JUCO World Series. Jordan went 9-2 with a 2.63 ERA in 61 2/3 innings, striking out 82 and walking 23. He’s been up to 94 mph with his fastball and sits comfortably in the low-90s, and pairs with it a solid average breaking ball and fringe average changeup with the ability to throw strikes with all three.

402. Ethan Vecrumba, of, Edgewood HS
L-R, 6-4/200, Bloomington, Ind.
College Commitment: Indiana

Vecrumba is a freak athlete with a bevy of tools that make him an attractive MLB Draft candidate. He’s raw in terms of hittability and overall skills, but the plus arm and plus run tools are very intriguing. Vecrumba is a big, physical prospect with lots of raw bat speed and a lefthanded stroke. There’s good power and strength off the barrel too and he’ll likely fit nicely in right field at the next level if he can’t cut it in center. The rawness of the hit tool limits the profile for the time being although scouts believe that he’ll be able to improve in this area after three years at Indiana.

403. Jeff Belge, lhp, St. John’s (JR)
L-L, 6-5/230, Syracuse, N.Y.
Previously Drafted: Red Sox ’16 (32)

Belge is far from a hidden power arm in the Northeast, making the national circuit as a prep which ultimately culminated in a selection to the PG All-American Classic. At his best Belge has some of the biggest stuff from a lefthander in the collegiate ranks, running his fastball into the mid-90s from a higher slot and is plenty capable of missing bats. While his fastball hasn’t always shown that velocity this spring, he has struck out 73 batters in 46 innings, though he has also walked 50 in that span. There’s discomfort in opposing hitters when facing Belge as he also mixes a slider that works into the low-80s.

404. Aaron Ochsenbein, rhp, Eastern Kentucky (R-SR)
R-R, 6-3/225, Lexington, Ky.
Previously Drafted: Never Drafted

A fifth-year senior, Ochsenbein missed the entire 2016 season due to injury and then was somewhat limited in 2017, but has established himself as one of the better relievers in college baseball over the last couple years. This year alone was especially dominant, as Ochsenbein went 4-2 with a 0.58 ERA and 0.71 WHIP over 46 bullpen innings, picking up 77 strikeouts in the process. He sits in the 92-96 mph range with his fastball and the splitter will flash plus, giving him the potential for two plus pitches out of the bullpen.

405. Cole Waites, rhp, West Alabama (JR)
R-R, 6-3/180, Lawrenceville, Ga.
Previously Drafted: Never Drafted

Emerging this fall as one of the premier draft candidates out of Division II, Waites has mostly kept the same profile as a hard-throwing righty with command and secondary issues, though even more exaggerated so this spring. Waites had a very inconsistent spring, marred by strike-throwing issues as he turned in a 4.23 ERA in 72 1/3 innings with 118 strikeouts and 55 walks. He does throw fuel though, as he’s been into the upper-90s with regularity this spring and his fastball is one of the best in Division II. Scouts believe in the arm talent and there’s hope that with development in a pro setting that he could really blossom into a fast-track reliever.

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