Ht: 5’10” Wt: 175 B-T: R-R
Acquired: Drafted in the 10th round in 2014
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #23 – 2015 Midseason
When the Sox took Jake Jarvis in the 10th round in 2014, it raised eyebrows on two fronts. First he was seen as unsignable and rumored to be seeking an out-size bonus, and second the common thought was that he’d be drafted as a pitcher. There were a lot of similarities with Jake Peter, 7th round pick in the same draft, in that pre-draft write-ups highlighted a strong arm, athleticism and the ability to play all over the diamond. Jarvis though is much younger and it’s shown, as his performance in the AZL during his draft year wasn’t great (.221/.333/.263, 26.8% K/PA) though he did draw some walks. In 2015, Jarvis went to Great Falls and began the year red-hot at the plate (.367/.426/.567, 8 K, 5 BB in his first 16 games), then seemed to fall off a cliff (.162/.184/.234, 36 K and just 2 BB in the following 29 games). Opening 2016 back at Great Falls again for his age 21 season, the numbers were substantially better for 25 games (.280/.386/.453, 13.3% K/PA), but he was moved to right field and then didn’t play after July 31st due to injury.
Scouting reports at draft time talked of fast hands at the plate and good speed on the bases, though the latter hasn’t shown itself in base stealing yet. His ranking from the summer was a combination of projection from his tool set and an apparently good start to 2015. As for the sudden fall-off, we’re told he wasn’t injured in 2015, that it was more the pitchers in the Pioneer League shifting away from fastballs to more offspeed pitches to him. He then tried to make adjustments, but those only exacerbated the issue. This all sounds like a pitch recognition problem, which a small sample size indicates he may have improved upon in 2016. For 2017 he’ll be 22 and should be in full season ball, though it’s not clear what position(s) he’d play.
Major League Outlook: Utility profile
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