For today’s entry to the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft Scouting Report series (you can read all of the reports here) is for Cole Wilcox, a right-handed starter from Georgia. He’s currently rated as the #24 prospect in the draft by Baseball America, the #16 prospect by Fangraphs, and #23 by MLB Pipeline.
The 2019 Season
The Washington Nationals selected Cole Wilcox in the 37th round in 2018 after falling due to signability concerns. He chose to head to Georgia rather than sign. As a freshman he would make 13 appearances out of the bullpen and another 6 starts for the Bulldogs. He posted a 4.07 ERA in 59.2 innings with 38 walks and 64 strikeouts, while hitting another four batters.
The 2020 Season
The draft eligible sophomore was out to a strong start in 2020 for Georgia. Now a starter full time, Cole Wilcox had made four starts with a 1.57 ERA before the college baseball season was shut down. In his 23.0 innings pitched he had registered just two walks and struck out 32 of the 89 batters that he had faced on the season.
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Cole Wilcox Scouting Report
Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 232 lbs
Bats: Right | Throws: Right
Position(s): Right-handed Starting Pitcher
As a freshman working out of the bullpen he would hit triple digits with his fastball regularly. This season as a starter he was more in the mid-90’s with the pitch and was able to control it a bit better. Along with a plus fastball he mixed in a plus slider that gets into the upper 80’s that’s a true put away offering. His change up lags behind both of those pitches and is currently below average but will show better every so often.
When he’s right, Cole Wilcox has everything you want to see from a starting pitcher – outstanding stuff, enough strikes, height, size, and athleticism. But in his career there’s been a lot of times where a lot of that didn’t come together at the same time, instead just getting flashes of bits and pieces of it.
Where the concern could be
As a draft eligible sophomore, he’s had a limited number of starts in college. When he entered the year there were concerns about his ability to throw strikes given how poorly he did as a freshman in that area. In very limited action in 2020 he didn’t walk hardly anyone, but the sample size there was small. The stuff is unquestionable, and while the 2020 performance looked great – there’s still some question about whether he’s going to throw enough strikes. Combine that with the need for a better third offering could relegate him to a bullpen role in the future.