Ben Jacobs
Ben Jacobs

CLASS OF 2022

LHP

Ben
Jacobs

University of California-Los Angeles
Huntington Beach (HS) • CA
6-0 • 189LBS • L/L
Travel Team: CBA Marucci National

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Best Of Stats

Pitching

Fastball

90
Velocity (max)
6/20/21
88 - 90
Velo Range
6/20/21
2188
Spin Rate (avg)
9/18/21

Changeup

82 - 82.3
Velo Range
9/18/21
1872
Spin Rate (avg)
9/18/21

Curveball

73.4 - 77.8
Velo Range
9/18/21
2464
Spin Rate (avg)
6/20/21

Slider

77.8 - 80.3
Velo Range
9/18/21
2290
Spin Rate (avg)
9/18/21

Positional Tools

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Hitting

Pitching

2021
Fastball
Velocity Max
89.7
Fastball
Velocity Avg
88.4
Fastball
Spin Rate Avg
2177
Fastball
Spin Score Avg
24.6
Fastball
Total Movement Avg
Curveball
Velocity Avg
73.9
Curveball
Spin Rate Avg
2403
Curveball
Total Movement Avg
Changeup
Velocity Avg
82.1
Changeup
Spin Rate Avg
1872
Changeup
Total Movement Avg
Slider
Velocity Avg
79.1
Slider
Spin Rate Avg
2290
Slider
Total Movement Avg
SoCal Upperclass Games (Invite-Only)
Sep 18, 2021
Trackman - Fastball
89.0
Velocity (max)
87.4 - 88.6
Velo Range
87.0
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,311
Spin Rate (max)
2,188
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
78.3
Velocity (max)
73.4 - 77.8
Velo Range
73.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,383
Spin Rate (max)
2,198
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Slider
80.4
Velocity (max)
77.8 - 80.3
Velo Range
77.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,396
Spin Rate (max)
2,290
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
82.3
Velocity (max)
82.0 - 82.3
Velo Range
81.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
1,976
Spin Rate (max)
1,872
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
SoCal ProCase (INVITE ONLY)
Jun 20, 2021
Trackman - Fastball
89.7
Velocity (max)
89.0 - 89.6
Velo Range
88.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,241
Spin Rate (max)
2,151
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
75.2
Velocity (max)
72.7 - 74.5
Velo Range
71.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
2,660
Spin Rate (max)
2,464
Spin Rate (avg)
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %

Pitch Scores

2021
20
Fastball
Hop+
Fastball
Sink+
Fastball
Rise+
Curveball
Hammer+
Curveball
Sweep+
Fastball
Hop+
Fastball
Sink+
Fastball
Rise+
Curveball
Hammer+
Curveball
Sweep+
SoCal ProCase (INVITE ONLY)
Jun 20, 2021
Pitch Scores - Fastball
Hop+
Rise+
Sink+
Pitch Scores - Curveball
Hammer+
Sweep+

Pitching Velos

2021
Fastball
Velocity Max
90.0
Fastball
Velocity Avg
88.0
Curveball
Velocity Avg
61.0
Changeup
Velocity Avg
81.5
Slider
Velocity Avg
76.5
SoCal Upperclass Games (Invite-Only)
Sep 18, 2021
Pitching
89
Max FB
87 - 89
FB
73 - 0
CB
81 - 82
CH
77 - 80
SL
SoCal ProCase (INVITE ONLY)
Jun 20, 2021
Pitching
90
Max FB
88 - 90
FB
73 - 74
CB
74 - 75
SL
3/13/21 v OLu
Mar 20, 2021
Pitching
89
Max FB
86 - 88
FB
72 - 74
CB
75 - 78
SL

Game Performance

Visual Edge

Pitch Ai

Notes

Comments

9/18/21

Body: 6-0, 189-pounds. Proportional starting pitchers build, maturity throughout, body shows it won't take much at the next level to be ready physically.
Delivery: Continued his smooth and consistent delivery, utilization of the lower half helping drive pitches towards home. When mechanics are in sync, one of the best deliveries in the state. At times though was caught flying open and missing up and out with the fastball, those high school swings and misses could turn into PAC-12 extra-base hits if the mechanical command isn't improved. 
Arm Action: LH. Clean arm that looks to get the most out of it without much stress. Consistent release points on his pitches, off-speed pitches have lots of potential thanks to arm speed.
FB: T89, 86-89 mph. Above-average high school left-handed fastball both velocity and spin rate. Fringe draftable pitch but a few ticks up in velocity could put him squarely on 2022 draft boards.
CB: 72-74 mph. Curveball spin rate average of 2403 is what to know, elite metric, showing tons of projection on the pitch.
SL: 77-80 mph. Slider is a nice complimentary pitch to the curveball, lower spin and movement though could catch him off guard if pitch is not located at the next level.
CH: 81-82 mph. Changeup does what it needs to do, 8 mph speed differential and significant spin difference make this an out pitch. 

6/20/21

SoCal ProCase:

Body: 6-0, 185 pounds. Proportional build with a strong lower half. Developed leg strength with more to come bodes well for holding velocity three times through the order. Mature body movement with good upper and lower half alignment. Starting pitcher look and feel despite below-average major league pitcher’s height. Utilizes whole frame lowering injury concerns. 

Delivery: Makes it look easy with a smooth and consistent overall delivery. Showing rather sound mechanics making his rhythm and timing repeatable and sustainable. Utilizes his lower half well helping create drive and alignment towards home plate. Consistent release point and arm speed helps create his consistent velocity readings on his two-pitches.

FB: Jacob’s live at-bat throwing session provided 11 fastballs, with 8 of 11 for strikes, averaging 89.3 mph and topping out at 89.7 mph, with an average spin rate of 2151 (MLB average 2233) and a max spin rate of 2241. Induced vertical break of 21.0 (extreme ride, 93rd percentile) and horizontal break of -5.9 (low cut, 79th percentile). Fastball extension 6.3 (slightly-above, 64th percentile). Jacob’s VAA (vertical attack angle) of -4.2 (very flat, 93rd percentile) is very intriguing, with lots of statistics that show how effective his fastball can be. To summarize in laymans terms, his fastball is going to miss a lot of bats. 

With special help from the PBR Hop Score team, Jacob’s Hop Score is as follows:

Hop: 12.7

Hop+: 119.5

xHop: 11.17

xHop+: 105

The plus stats are set to the MLB average. xHop+/Hop+ of 100 is MLB average. So the Hop+ score of 119.5 means he has 19.5% more Hop than the average MLB fastball. Taking a closer look at MLB fastball hop leaders through April-May 2021 likens Jacob's hop score to Trevor Bauer of the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Jacobs session was a small sample size of data to collect, meaning that his score could be inflated some but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see his true hop to stay over 12 with more pitch data gathered. 

CB: Jacob’s live at-bat session provided 10 curveballs, averaging 73.6 mph and topping out at 75.2 mph, with an average spin rate of 2464 (MLB average 2609) and a max spin rate of 2660. At times shows true 12/6 breaking action otherwise breaking with more survey 11.5 action. As Shooter Hunt put it “lots of swing and miss...ripping off some tight, multi tier CB’s” throughout his five hitter showing. Impressed with his command of the pitch, throwing the pitch early in the count for a strike and out of the strike zone when ahead in the count. 

Summary: Between Jacob’s on-field performance and impressive hop score there is a lot to be excited about. He passed the eye test with his five strikeouts and passed the hop score with a score that mirrors Trevor Bauer. The biggest remaining hurdles for Jacobs are his development of a third pitch and how much more velocity will he gain. He will need to develop a third pitch to be a starter at the pro level and will need to throw harder. Jacob’s analytics and mechanics point to him being able to do so but that is still in question. Overall and exciting pitcher with a bright future.


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