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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Brett Jacobson (Credit: Dave Martin/AP)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Brett Jacobson
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Vanderbilt University
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:205 lbs.
Report Date(s):02/23/08
Game(s):DeMarini Invitational

Focus Area
Fastball:Jacobson threw his fastball 88-91 mph from a downhill plane.
Fastball movement:When he was down in the zone, there was some sink. However, he left his fastball up in this start
Curve:He's got a big 11-to-5 curve with a lot of depth that is an above-average pitch.
Changeup:His change has a chance to be a plus pitch with more development.
Control:It hasn't been much of an issue in the past, but he had no fastball command in this start.
Poise:He was OK on the mound in terms of presence.
Physical Description:Jacobson is a big, tall right-hander with some deception to his delivery.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Size, which he uses to his advantage on the mound, and the chance to have three average to above-average pitches.
Weaknesses:Some don't like his less-than-clean delivery, in which he hides the ball behind his shoulder. He'll need to show better fastball command to garner serious attention.
Summary:With a tall, projectable frame, scouts have always been intrigued with Jacobson. He has the ability to throw three decent pitches -- fastball, curve, changeup -- for strikes and from a downhill plane. He doesn't have the prettiest delivery in the world and some issues with fastball command hurt him early on this season, something he'll have to straighten out to get serious consideration early in June.