Prospect Spotlight: Missouri State vs. Valparaiso

Sean Duncan
Area Scout

VALPARAISO, IN - A healthy turnout of scouts were at Emory Bauer Field on Friday to see Missouri State starter Dylan Coleman, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound junior, and junior shortstop Jeremy Eierman, a likely first-round draft pick. While neither performed up to their lofty status, Missouri State overcame a 4-0 first-inning deficit to pull out a 6-5 victory in the Missouri Valley Conference series opener.

Here’s a look at how the prospects performed on Friday:

Dylan Coleman, 6-6/240, Junior, RHP, Missouri State - Large, athletic frame with proportional strength. Works from a high-3/4 slot, compact in the back, effort at foot strike with some head-whack at release. Athletic for his size, but operates with a slow, deliberate tempo, perhaps due to how mightily he struggled in his start against Valparaiso, lasting only 2.1 innings while surrendering five hits, five earned runs, four walks, two hit batsmen with only two strikeouts. Never found his rhythm, yielding four runs in the first inning, facing 10 hitters, despite flashing premium velocity. Touched 97 once, pitching predominately at 94-95 in the first. Velocity dipped to 90-94 in the second, working mostly 91-92. Scattered it around the zone with tendency to jerk it gloveside. Fastball played mostly straight and got barreled up when in the zone, starting with a lead-off double to open the game on a 95-mph fastball. Fastball occasionally flashed cut, including one on a 96-mph strikeout pitch. Worked his slider 82-84 mph with 11/5 action; throws it with conviction, pulled it mostly out of the strike zone. Wasn’t working for him on this day, but could see it being an effective swing-and-miss offering. Profiles as a back-end bullpen guy down the road with the potential of pushing triple-digit velocity in the future.

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