- Full name Eric Spenser Jokisch
- Born 07/29/1989 in Springfield, IL
- Profile Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 205 / Bats: R / Throws: L
- School Northwestern
- Debut 09/07/2014
Drafted in the 11th round (340th overall) by the Chicago Cubs in 2010 (signed for $125,000).
View Draft ReportAfter a slow start caused in part by a sore back, Jokisch regained the form that made him one of the top lefties in the Cape Cod League last summer, and he could pass Josh Mueller to become the first Illinois college pitcher drafted. A 6-foot-3, 180-pounder, Jokisch isn't overpowering but has good feel for a three-pitch mix. His changeup is his best offering and could become a true plus pitch, and he sets it up with a fastball that sits at 86-89 mph and a curveball that shows bite at times. He'll have to pitch inside more once he gets to pro ball.
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Jokisch is one of five Northwestern alumni who pitched in the majors in 2014 and will compete for the No. 5 starter's job in Chicago after reaching the big leagues for the first time. He ranked second in the Pacific Coast League in strikeouts (143) and fourth in WHIP in 2014. Jokisch pitches in the 86-90 mph range with his two- and four-seam fastballs, reaching 93 on occasion. He has to be fine with both, adding and subtracting to try to set up his changeup. It's his money pitch, earning above-average grades in the 76-80 mph range. He locates his short, firm slider and drops in a slow curve from time to time. He's been tremendously durable, averaging 159 innings the last three seasons. Jokisch is the classic crafty lefty, with the savvy to get through lineups multiple times in the minors. He'll have to turn his above-average control into true command to do it in the majors, and likely will start 2015 back at Triple-A Iowa.