Future Watch: Jon Duplantier Rookie Baseball Cards, Diamondbacks – Jon Duplantier was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third round of the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft. This pitcher has had an interesting start to his baseball career.
He pitched for Rice University in 2014. That year he made seven starts and had 11 relief appearances. He did pitch 59 innings, fifth on his staff and he made the Conference-USA All-Freshman team.
2015 never happened because a shoulder injury kept him out the entire season. In 2016, he pitched 111 innings and he averaged 12 strikeouts per nine innings, good for sixth all time in school history. The opposition only hit a paltry .194 against him and he was named Conference USA pitcher of the year.
In 2017, he started his professional career. He played for two teams and amassed a 12-3 record with a 1.39 ERA in 25 games, 24 of them were starts. He was later chosen to play in the 2017 MLB Futures Game.
He’s currently with the Jackson Generals where he’s 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA, 14 strikeouts in 10 innings and just two walks. He had a hamstring injury slow the start of the 2018 campaign but he’s already in mid-season form.
According to his MLB.com draft profile:
Strong and athletic, Duplantier has helped remake his delivery with remarkable success. While his fastball usually sits in the 92-94 mph range, he can reach back for more when needed. He throws it with sink and run and was as effective in getting ground-ball outs as he was in missing bats in 2017. He added a slider to his arsenal and it might end up being his best secondary offering, with plus potential. He still throws an effective curveball as well. He has feel for a changeup, giving him the chance for a very effective four-pitch mix. He’s around the strike zone more than enough to remain a starter. ETA 2019.
Here’s a look at him in the MLB Futures Game:
He has a 2017 Bowman Baseball Chrome Prospects Autographs card and that’s a good way to get him into your collection. At 6-4 he has the size and considering his age he’s definitely on the fast track and that’s why he’s the Diamondbacks top prospect. Follow him on Twitter @dup_thereitis.
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