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 Post subject: 2015 NYM Draft Round 27, Pick 809: LHP Jake Higginbotham
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:02 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 27, Pick 809:
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Higginbotham was the ace of Buford High’s dominant pitching staff and helped lead the Wolves to a state championship this spring. He didn’t start pitching until he was 15, but took to it quickly. He dominated hitters this spring, allowing just two earned runs and striking out 127 batters in 65 1/3 innings. Higginbotham throws his fastball in the upper 80s and often pushes it into the low 90s early in outings. He has the makings of a good curveball and changeup, and he earns praise for his pitchability. Higginbotham’s professional potential comes down to how much scouts are willing to project on him. He’s already 19, but there’s some room for him to add strength to his 6-foot, 160-pound frame. If he’s able to hold his velocity better as he physically matures, he could end up as a back-of-the-rotation starter. Higginbotham is committed to Clemson and would be a draft-eligible sophomore in 2017 if he does go to school.



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Scouting grades: Fastball: 50 | Curveball: 50 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 45

Slugging catcher Joey Bart is the best prospect at Buford High, but he's far from the only one. The Wolves have four senior pitchers who have committed to NCAA Division I programs, led by Higginbotham, a Clemson recruit.

Though he didn't start pitching until the summer before his freshman year, Higginbotham took to the mound immediately. He's slightly built in the mold of Tom Glavine and Jamie Moyer, and he's a pitchability lefty in the same mold.

With a loose arm and simple delivery, Higginbotham throws strikes with three potentially average pitches. His sinking ranges from 86-92 mph, his curveball features depth but needs more power and his changeup shows promise as well.


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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 27, Pick 809:
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Jake Higginbotham - LHP, HS.

I figure any HS at this point is about a 1 in 3 chance. Maybe 1 in 4.

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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 27, Pick 809: LHP Jake Higginbotham
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Through 27 rounds, the Mets have drafted 8 LHPs and 7 position players.


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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 27, Pick 809: LHP Jake Higginbotham
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ok, another real pick. and another lefty. it's getting funny. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 27, Pick 809: LHP Jake Higginbotham
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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 27, Pick 809: LHP Jake Higginbotham
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I'd prefer to sign McClanahan over him tbh.


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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 27, Pick 809: LHP Jake Higginbotham
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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 27, Pick 809: LHP Jake Higginbotham
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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 27, Pick 809: LHP Jake Higginbotham
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Metro2007 wrote:
HBK!


LOL! I thought I was the only one who made that connection.


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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 27, Pick 809: LHP Jake Higginbotham
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LOL! I thought I was the only one who made that connection.



Haha. From now on that's what I'm calling him. One instance where a name change sure helped a career

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 Post subject: Re: 2015 NYM Draft Round 27, Pick 809: LHP Jake Higginbotham
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“I want to play in the big leagues,” Higginbotham added, “for sure. That’s been my dream since I was three-years old. It’s one of those things where I’m going to do everything in my power to continue to get better so I can make it to the highest level and compete at the highest level—to say all this work wasn’t for nothing.”

From this pre-draft interview

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