A 2015 draftee with not much experience on the mound but a bit of athleticism. Formerly a football player, Haggard brings some rawness to the mound, but could bring some upside.

(Photo Courtesy of The Meridian Star/Delta State University)

RHP Witt Haggard

R/R, 6’2″ 205 lbs, 12/9/1991 (25), Drafted in the 10th round of 2015 draft out of Delta State University. Signed for $5,000 ($150,000 Slot)

Year Age AgeDif Tm Lev W L W-L% ERA RAvg G SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2015 23 2.4 Kingsport Rk 2 1 .667 5.11 5.11 10 3 12.1 8 7 7 0 9 21 1.378
2016 24 2.1 Columbia A 3 4 .429 3.58 4.06 24 0 37.2 36 17 15 2 27 38 1.673
All Levels (2 Seasons) 5 5 .500 3.96 4.32 34 3 50.0 44 24 22 2 36 59 1.600

 

Haggard was a football player at Ole Miss, but didn’t get starting time as a quarterback, so after two seasons, he moved on to Meridian Community College to play baseball to build up experience, and then was recruited by Delta State and pitched there for two seasons as a reliever. The Mets drafted him in the 10th round and gave him $5,000, which is 145,000 under slot.

Haggard has a nice fastball with great movement. It can reach up to 95, but sits in the low 90’s and has some movement in on righthanders. With that is an above-average curve that is thrown pretty hard, and has good dip. The two work as a solid pitch mix.

The real trouble with Haggard is his control as evidenced by his walk totals, despite high strikeout totals. He has pretty messy mechanics that he needs to work through if he’s going to be a successful player. He needs to tweak his delivery a bit, and get more understanding on body control and get himself in sync to get to a repetitive delivery that will work well with his great stuff.

He still has work to do, but there’s a short clock on a 5-year senior draftee, even with raw stuff. He will return to Columbia and try to get himself under control there.

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