Tyler Jay 2015 Bowman Draft Future Watch, Twins – Tyler Jay was a first round selection in the 2015 MLB Draft as the 6th overall pick by the Minnesota Twins. This 6-1 lefty is a Lemont, Illinois resident who could be an ace in the future. What sets him apart was the fact that in his draft year he was the best closer in the NCAA ranks. While pitching for the University of Illinois. The only twist in this story is the fact that he was drafted with the intent of turning him into a starting pitcher.
He’s added some weight to his frame, now around 180 pounds, and he has a mix of pitches that has the Twins believing he could be a starter. In Class-A advanced he had a .090 ERA throwing out of the pen so maybe this is the year he becomes a rotation guy. There is an offseason and in-season process to changing over mentally and physically.
His mid-90’s speed is what’s nice because this could get even better as he continues to get stronger. At 21 he’s still not quite where he might be when he’s 24.
The former member of the U.S. National Collegiate team was scouted on a regular basis. Champagne, Illinois home to the University of Illinois Fighting Illini was a destination for a lot of teams in search of the next great ace.
Jay’s first MLB licensed autographed baseball card can be found in 2015 Bowman Draft Baseball, card number BCA-TJ. Don’t expect instant results with this player. The transformation will take some time.
Take a look at his quick motion here.
Be patient with this guy. There will be a payoff down the road.
According to his MLB.com draft profile: (search Tyler Jay after jump)
“Currently a long reliever, his extensive four pitch repertoire will most likely lead to his development as a starter. Throws a fastball that peaks at 98 mph, a strong slider, serviceable changeup and a power curve.”
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