- Full name Jason Allen Wylie
- Born 05/27/1981 in Provo, UT
- Profile Ht.: 6'5" / Wt.: 220 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Utah
Drafted in the 12th round (363rd overall) by the Chicago Cubs in 2002.
View Draft ReportRHP Jason Wylie may throw 95 mph one day; right now his fastball is 90-91 and straight. He also lacks consistent command of his curve.
Organization Prospect Rankings
Wylie is another victim of Chicago's tremendous pitching depth. His scintillating 2002 pro debut showed that he was a steal as a 12th-rounder, and the Cubs realized that he had the stuff to do more than close games. But they didn't have a rotation opening in Class A last year, so he stayed in relief and continued to excel. He led the Midwest League in appearances and for the second time in as many years, he made a major postseason contribution to a championship club. Lansing ran the table with seven straight playoff wins, with Wylie saving four of them. Hitters just don't make good contact against Wylie, who has permitted a .178 opponent average and one homer as a pro. He gets great sink and bore on a low- to mid-90s fastball, and hitters can't think about sitting on it because he can beat them with his curveball and slider. He also throws a changeup. Wylie needs more consistency with his command, but he's on the verge of moving quickly. He'll probably start 2004 in high Class A with a chance for a midseason promotion.
Wylie is the most pleasant surprise from a potentially outstanding 2002 Cubs draft. His size and projectability were obvious, but he also went 13-11, 7.14 in three years as a starter at Utah, so he lasted until the 12th round. He threw 90-91 during the spring, with scouts predicting he one day could reach 95 mph. Wylie did just that as a a reliever after signing, topping out at 94-95. He can make his fastball sink or bore in on righthanders. He also throws a slider, curveball and changeup and showed a better feel for pitching than the Cubs might have expected. Wylie finished two of Boise's three wins in a sweep of the Northwest League playoffs. Chicago would like to move him back into the rotation this year, but that might be difficult because its Class A teams are overloaded with starting candidates.