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Cardinals' Prospects Review: Jake Woodford

Jake Woodford (Source: MiLB.com) Jake Woodford (Source: MiLB.com)
ST. LOUIS, MO (WMC) -

As the minor league baseball season winds down this week, we’re taking a look at how the St. Louis Cardinals’ top prospects (including Redbirds) are performing.  The rankings and reports come from MLBPipeline.com.  Last time, we profiled the #14 prospect, RHP Connor Jones.

13.  Jake Woodford  RHP 
6’4”, 210 lbs. 
Bats-Right, Throws-Right.
 
Jake Woodford was drafted in the Competitive Balance Round of the 2015 (39th overall) Major League draft, out of Plant High School in Tampa, Florida.  He was assigned to Carolina of the Rookie Gulf Coast League afterwards.  He threw 26.1 innings there, giving up 26 hits and seven walks, with 21 strikeouts, and allowed only one home run.

This year, pitching for Peoria in the full-season Midwest League, he started 20 games, going 5-5 with a 3.29 ERA.  In 106.2 innings, he gave up 34 walks and 102 hits, with 81 strikeouts.

Woodford has all of the classic ingredients of a future starting pitcher, combining good height, good current stuff, and projectability. His solid fastball, currently sitting in the low 90’s, has a good downward plane with sinking action.

He already gets a lot of groundballs, and with his frame there’s reason to think he may increase velocity as he matures physically. He throws a curve and a slider, with the curve slightly ahead of the slider. Woodford also mixes in a changeup which could be Major League average as well.

With the chance to have a legitimate four-pitch mix, reasonable command so far, and a projectable body, Woodford is clearly on the path of a frontline starting pitcher. He has drawn comparisons to fellow Cardinal prospect Jack Flaherty, who is number 4 on this list (and who we’ll profile in an upcoming article).  As a high school pick, he’s likely 4-5 years away from the majors.

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