Vanderbilt's Jack Leiter Was Filthy in Season Debut


The Major League Baseball draft is months away and the Red Sox will be picking fourth.  Anticipation will be mounting as the draft approaches as to who the Red Sox will select. 

On Monday, Vanderbilt played a doubleheader featuring two of the top potential picks in the draft.  The potential first overall pick in Kumar Rocker led his team to a 14-1 victory in Game 1.  In Game 2, Jake Leiter took the mound and was filthy. 

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In the first inning, he would fall behind the third batter in the Wright State lineup 2-0.  Then Leiter blew a 98, 98 and 99mph fastball by the batter.

Leiter, the son of former left-hander Al Leiter, threw a gem in his first start.  He went five innings, allowing only one hit which was a single and a HBP.  The future first-rounder struck out eight of the first 15 batters he faced. 

The 20-year-old Leiter features a power fastball that tops out in the high 90’s.  He also features a 12-to-6 curveball and a low-80’s slider.  Scouts feel he has plenty of upside on his pitches, including the slider.  Advanced metrics surrounding spin rate are a major topic within Major League front offices, including the Red Sox.

Vanderbilt has a ridiculous one-two punch to lead their rotation for this college baseball season.  Rocker is currently ranked the No. 1 overall prospect while Leiter is ranked at No. 6.  Both will be extremely coveted in the draft.  It will be worth watching Leiter this season to see if he could land with the Red Sox.

Leiter's intimidating body language on the mound would play very well in Boston if he were to be drafted by Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom.  Like Kumar, Leiter checks off numerous boxes for the Red Sox as they continue to retool their farm system.  Leiter looks like a future ace that the Red Sox could be coveting in the draft. 

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Vanderbilt's Jack Leiter Was Filthy in Season Debut
Vanderbilt's Jack Leiter Was Filthy in Season Debut
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