To learn about our efforts to improve the accessibility and usability of our website, please visit our Accessibility Information page. Skip to section navigation or Skip to main content
Below is an advertisement.

Events

Skip to main content
Below is an advertisement.

Ben Tootle (Photo: Jacksonville State)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Ben Tootle
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Jacksonville State
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Birthdate:1/9/88
Height:6'1"
Weight:185 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):5/16/09
Game(s):Tennessee-Martin


Focus Area
Comments
Fastball:Tootle is an arm-strength guy who can crank it up to 97-98 mph. He lost some velocity following a virus, but was bouncing back by the end of the spring.
Fastball movement:Not a ton, it tends to be too straight.
Slider:Has a hard slider that can be very tough on right-handed hitters.
Changeup:He's got one, though it's behind his other two offerings.
Control:It's not bad, but he could use some improvement on his fastball command.
Poise:Goes right after hitters and shone in a closer role in the Cape last summer.
Physical Description:Tootle is a smaller, but very strong, right-hander.
Medical Update:A stomach virus forced him out of action for a month and he lost a bunch of weight. He was rusty upon his return, but seemd to get back into form as the season ended.
Strengths:Good two-pitch power combination in his fastball and slider. Aggressive on the mound and goes right after hitters.
Weaknesses:The changeup lags behind, and even though he can maintain velocity, he might be better suited to a relief role.
Summary:After a terrific Cape Cod League campaign, many felt Tootle would lead the charge among the smaller-school pitching crop. A virus forced him out of action for a month and down on many Draft boards. After shaking off the rust, he began to show a little bit more of the form scouts saw on the Cape. A starter throughout college, who can maintain velocity deep into games when he's healthy, many think Tootle's future role will be as a short reliever. He's slipped out of the first-round picture, it seems, but his power stuff should have him off the board not too much later than that.