Round 34, Pick 1027
Name: Jake Eder
Age: 18 (10/09/90)
HT/WT: 6’4″, 210 lbs
Projectable and physical left-handers with the potential to have mid-90s fastballs aren’t easy to find. That’s why Eder, who has had an up-and-down spring, has garnered so much attention despite his inconsistencies and the difficulty it might take to sign him. At times, Eder has been up to 94 mph this spring with his fastball, though he has had trouble maintaining it both within starts and from outing to outing. His 2-to-8 breaking ball is at least average when he’s on, but he tends to come around it a lot. He tends not to use his front side well enough in his delivery, leaving his elbow out on his breaking ball and throwing it mostly with his arm only. His changeup has improved somewhat, but he’ll slow down his body occasionally when throwing it and it’s often not firm enough, serving more as a soft different look he throws out of the zone than a true weapon. While there are flaws, Eder does have a good body and his arm works well, with considerable upside that could be unlocked. The bigger issue might be his signability, with his commitment to Vanderbilt likely to be a tough one to break.
Jake Eder checks a lot of boxes. He is tall and physical, with a broad-shouldered, 6-foot-4 frame that looks to be built for a starter’s workload. He throws hard; Eder’s fastball works consistently in the low 90s and bumps 95. He’s also lefthanded and has a loose-and-easy arm action and delivery. | Two points of emphasis in Eder’s development will be the continued growth of his command and the consistency of his breaking ball. Towards the end of the spring, Eder began throwing more strikes, but he struggled to get the ball down in the strike zone at times. His breaking ball, at its best, will look like an above-average pitch with tight spin and three-quarter break in the upper 70s. At its worst, Eder’s curveball loops upward out of his hand and he’s unable to spot it for strikes. Eder’s biggest challenge is getting his timing down so that he can better repeat his delivery. He has a tendency to collapse early on his back side and lose balance, causing him to throw uphill and rush off the rubber. He’s far from his ceiling, but represents an intriguing high-risk, high-reward option. Eder is committed to Vanderbilt, but could be selected on the first day of the draft.
He isn’t happening. There is no way the Mets will sign him. He is committed to Vanderbilt and his parents are rich, so money isn’t a motivation.
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