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Top Prospect Alert - Jacob Peavy

By Robert Sherry

Jacob Peavy: The San Diego Padres had a very good 1999 draft that produced several quality prospects, starting with Vince Faison and included the likes of other high picks such as Gerik Baxter, Omar Ortiz, and Mike Bynum. In all, they had six first round selections, but it's a 15th round selection in Peavy that could turn out to be one of the best from this crop.

Drafted out of St. Paul's High School in  Mobile, Alabama, there was some thought that he would attend Auburn University rather than turn pro. Instead he signed with the Padres and then went out and won the pitching triple crown in the Arizona League with the Padres Rookie-level team (7-1, 1.34 ERA, 73.2 IP, 52 H, 23 BB, and 90 SO in 13 games, 11 starts) He finished off 1999 at Idaho Falls, where he went 2-0 two starts without giving up a run.

In 2000, this 6-foot-1, 180 pound righty was again one of the top pitchers in his league, this time for Fort Wayne in the Midwest  League.This time Peavy went 13-8 with a 2.90 ERA in 134 innings, 107 hits allowed, 53 walks, and 164 strikeouts in 26 starts.

Peavy throws a mid-90s, good-moving fastball, change and sharp slider.Adding to this is that he has shown to vary his arm angle as an extra little touch to keep hitters off balance. He will only be 20 during the 2001 season so you might be looking at someone who could even gain some more velocity as he develops.
I really like Peavy's potential. Part of the reason why he wasn't drafted high was that some felt he might be better served to go to college and spend more time developing his game. However, he's shown to be more advanced than what many thought and looks like he really has an idea of what he wants to get done on the mound. Aside from Adam Eaton who made it to the major's. Peavy is my pick as the Padres best pitching prospect.


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