|Report Date:||April 10th, 2019|
The son of World Series Champion Al Leiter, Jack possesses advanced pitchability, uncommon amongst his prep peers. Moderately sized at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, he doesn’t wow evaluators with premium velocity, but there is deception in the delivery and significant separation between the heater and his secondaries that causes the ball to get on hitters in a hurry. He stands out for his body control, maintaining his balance throughout his repeatable delivery.
In a recent start at the USA Baseball National High School Invitational, the fastball sat 90-94, touching 95 twice but flashed cutting action when at the lower end of that range. He excels at spinning his curveball, an out-pitch with depth and 12-to-6 break that he can command early in the count to steal a strike or bury in the dirt to put hitters away. While he worked primarily off those two pitches in this outing, he mixed in a mid-80’s slider with short horizontal movement. He didn’t have much need for his low-80s changeup in this game, but he’s shown feel for it in prior viewings as a fringe average offering with tumble.
Leiter is committed to Vanderbilt, where Coach Corbin has a track record of getting his recruits to campus. Based on ability, pedigree and his track record for success, Leiter is a first-round talent.