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Jake Kelzer

RHP | PhilliesPHI
Jake Kelzer
Name: Jake Kelzer
Born: Jun 30, 1993 in Bloomington, Ind. USA
College: Indiana
Ht.: 6'8" / Wt.: 230 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
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Drafted in the 18th round (527th overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016 (signed for $100,000)
Kelzer is the rare two-sport swimmer/baseball player who was a freestyle sprinter for the Hoosiers' swim team before focusing on baseball. For a redshirt junior who still has a year of eligibility remaining, Kelzer is very old for the draft class--he'll turn 23 right after the draft and was actually drafted by the Yankees in 2014 (22nd round) and the Cubs in 2015 (14th round). Kelzer has bounced back and forth from the bullpen to the Hoosiers' rotation and back to the bullpen. After making 11 starts as a sophomore, Kelzer shifted back to the bullpen this year, serving as a fireman who can get saves but also throw longer, more extended outings--he's regularly worked more than two innings. As a 6-foot-8 righthander with some athleticism, Kelzer still intrigues as a pro prospect, but his stuff is solid rather than spectacular. He pitches with an average 90-94 mph fastball with some late movement and a hard-downer breaking ball (86-88 mph). Unlike many long and lean pitchers, Kelzer has solid control. He projects as a useful pro reliever.
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