Known for his change up and his control, left-handed starter Jordan Wicks was solid but unspectacular in his junior season for Kansas State.
Jordan Wicks Scouting Report
Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 220
Bats: Left | Throws: Left | Position: LHP
Highest Ranking: 13th (Baseball America)
A four pitch lefty who throws plenty of strikes and has a potentially plus plus change up can go a long way. Jordan Wicks doesn’t blow you away with his fastball, sitting in the 91-93 range and touching 95. He works down in the zone with the pitch but the Trackman data suggests it may work better up in the zone. The lefty has both a curveball and a slider with the slider being the better of the two and will flash itself as an above-average offering. The curveball is fringe-average.
In 15 starts for Kansas State Jordan Wicks posted a 3.70 ERA in 92.1 innings with 28 walks and 118 strikeouts. The Wildcats home ballpark is considered to be hitter friendly, but even with that being the case you would generally expect a 1st round pick to be a little better at run prevention.
A team that believes they can get him to utilize his fastball and find more consistency with the breaking ball could think they’re getting a steal with Jordan Wick if he does where he’s projected in the middle of the first round.
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For this draft scouting report series we are going to look at prospects rated 6th through 50th in a cumulative ranking based on the Baseball America, MLB Pipeline, ESPN, and Fangraphs draft rankings. The guys in the top five seem to have no chance of dropping to Cincinnati at 17, so we’re skipping them to focus a little more on guys with more of a shot to be Reds. The national rankings are updated throughout the month leading up to the draft, so there could be some slight changes from when the cumulative list was compiled and when you read this.
The 2021 Major League Baseball Draft will begin on July 11th and end on July 13th, taking part over a three day period of time. The Cincinnati Reds will have selections 17, 30, 35, and 53 in the first two rounds of the draft. Despite not selecting in the top five, or even the top 10, the Reds have the 4th largest bonus pool allotment to work with due to their compensation pick from losing Trevor Bauer in free agency, as well as a competitive balance round A pick (35th) that adds a lot of additional pool money.