Jake Jewell

Position: RHSP
Level: High A
Affiliate: Inland Empire 66ers
Age: 23 yrs, 1m
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 200
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 5th Rd., 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft (LAA)

Prospect Spotlight

Jewell was the fifth-round pick for the Angels in the 2014 MLB Draft, and has a mature, athletic body that could continue to build strength without hindering his development. He has a smooth, easily repeatable delivery where he lifts his arms and leg in sequence, allowing him to create a clean arm drop from the glove before getting his arm up quickly into a short circle with a high 3/4 release point. The delivery allows Jewell to hide the ball well, and doesn’t hinder his controlled drive towards the plate.

Jewell has a four-pitch mix led by a heavy fastball that sat between 88-to-91 mph (T93). It had arm side sink with late movement, jumping on right-handed hitters and creating lots of weak contact. This was showcased during the outing, as a majority of the hits given up (6 of 11) were weakly hit jam shots or flairs over infielders’ heads. Jewell looks to pound the zone with the fastball, spotting it better to the arm side. He can have it leak out over the middle, allowing hitters to put it into play. Jewell’s best off-speed pitch is his slider that sat 80-to-83 mph. At it’s best, the slider can be an above-average pitch with some late tilt action out of a fastball look, and it generates some swing and miss (198 Ks in 215 career innings). He showed some pitchability, starting off hitters with the slider the second time through the lineup and being able to throw it back-to-back. His curveball was average, sitting 77-to-79 mph, and with similar action to the slider, but with more of a 10-to-4, slurve-like bend in it. Jewell’s below-average changeup was 84-to-85 mph, and was generally straight with little tumble, and more of a show pitch.

Overall Jewell showcased his aggressive game plan well, along with the ability to battle through defensive miscues and weak contact. He has control of his pitches but doesn’t command them, and has a tendency to not put hitters away when ahead in the count. His best role is as a spot starter or middle reliever to limit his looks to once or twice through the lineup.