MLB Draft Scouting Report: Ricky Jacquez

Scouting reports are the foundation of the talent evaluation system, and the reports that are used on draft day are developed from multiple viewings over the course of a player's amateur career. As part of our draft coverage here at, we'll be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know on draft day. Here's a look at prep righty, Ricky Jacquez.

Name: Ricky Jacquez
Position: Pitcher
School: Franklin H.S. (Tex.)
Height: 5-foot-9
Weight: 160
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Perfect Game National Showcase, AFLAC All-American

Ricky Jacquez, RHP, Franklin HS (Tex.) from Frankie Piliere on Vimeo.

Physical Description

Jacquez is just about the opposite of what you look for from a professional right-handed pitcher. He's generously listed at 5-foot-9 and he's very thin all the way around. He will add some strength, but overall will always be well below average size for his position.


There's a lot of effort in Jacquez' delivery, as you'd expect given his small frame, but he's surprisingly consistent. He throws straight over the top and gets the extension to make up for his lack of length. Staying consistent will be a challenge and you have to worry a little about the effort he puts into each pitch.


Despite the lack of size, Jacquez is a true power arm. He sits steadily at 90-94 and has been seen up to 95 mph at times. But, location is a major issue for him. Even with his velocity, he's been hit hard in showcase events because he's pitching in the heart of the plate with his fastball.


The hook is really the go-to weapon for the Texas native. If anything, he falls in love with it at times and overuses it. He throws a biting 12-6 hammer at 78-82 mph, and when he's right it's an obvious above average pitch at the next level. But, he gets scared off of his fastball and goes to the curve one too many times. He needs to learn to use it more sporadically.


I've seen very few changeups from Jacquez and it's something he'll need to completely develop at the professional level. And, it's something he needs if he is going to start. Given his height, he probably will end up a reliever anyway.


There's potential for two above average pitches, but the command of each is a major obstacle for Jacquez. When he's locating, he has closer type stuff. But, many teams will be scared off by the lack of command.

Draft Projection: 2nd-4th round

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