Steven Hajjar
Steven Hajjar

CLASS OF 2018

LHP

Steven
Hajjar

Michigan
Central Catholic (HS) • MA
6-4 • 220LBS • R/L
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7/01/21

2021 MLB DraftHighly regarded out of North Andover HS, MA, and batterymates with Vanderbilt's Dom Keegan, Hajjar was the No. 87 high school prospect in 2018. Ultimately following through on his commitment to Michigan, an ACL injury wiped out his first season in Ann Arbor. He was on his way to a breakout campaign in 2020, pitching to a 3-0 record over his first four starts while posting a 2.70 ERA with 24 punchouts in 20 frames before the cancellation. Well-proportioned with sloping shoulders, the lefty stands 6-foot-5, 215 pounds and works downhill from a high-3/4 arm slot. The delivery is smooth and repeatable, culminating with good extension to the plate. He uses his size well to generate easy 90-93 mph fastballs. He also maintains his arm speed on his 79-82 mph changeup, a pitch that shows good dip and one that he’s able to get swinging strikes over the top of. Hajjar’s 72-76 mph curveball has big shape and it’s a pitch he uses well to drop in the zone for called strikes and can back foot against righthanded hitters. He commands all three pitches well and is consistently in or around the zone.

12/01/20

Highly regarded out of North Andover (Mass.), Prep Baseball Report pegged Hajjar as the 87th best prospect in the 2018 high school class, and Milwaukee spent a 21st-round pick on him. Ultimately following through on his commitment to Michigan, an ACL injury wiped out his first season. He was on his way to a breakout campaign in 2020, pitching to a 3-0 record over his first four starts while posting a 2.70 ERA with 24 punchouts in 20 frames. Well-proportioned with sloping shoulders, the lefty stands 6-foot-5, 215 pounds and works downhill from a high three-quarter arm slot. The delivery is smooth and repeatable, culminating with good extension to the plate. While his fastball sat 87-to-90 mph in my early October viewing, he reportedly pitched in the 92-to-93 mph range during his final outing of the fall. In that outing he struggled to command his slurvy breaking ball with 1-to-7 movement in the 2160-2230 mph range. His most impressive off-speed offering was changeup with late tumble, thrown with deceptive arm-speed and good separation from the fastball. After the recent losses of rotational stalwarts Tommy Henry (Arizona), Karl Kaufmann (Colorado), and Jeff Criswell (Athletics) – all day one picks respectively – Hajjar is tasked with anchoring the rotation where he could blossom into an early round selection in his own right.

8/15/20

Tall, projectable lefty with a smooth delivery and loose arm. Hajjar throws easy and generates good arm speed out of a high three-quarter slot. He lands slightly across his body and pitches down a steep plane to the plate with good extension out front. The angle and extension together give him above average deception and allows his stuff to play up. This past spring he worked his fastball mostly in the 90 mph range, but can sit 92-94 early, and touch 95 on occasion. He also relies on a plus changeup which has good depth at 79-80 mph and a curveball with similar velocity. The shape and action of the pitch are both much improved since last fall. Instead of the slurvy low-80s breaker he showed at Vanderbilt during the David Williams Fall Classic, he featured a big league breaker with tightened spin and more depth. It’s a swing/miss pitch and big weapon against both left and right-handed batters.

After red-shirting the 2019 season as a true freshman, Hajjar got off to a 3-0, 2.70 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 20 IP for the 2020 season. He looks to be one of the top college arms eligible for the 2021 draft and a likely early-round selection.

2/15/20

Tall, projectable lefty with a smooth delivery and loose arm. Hajjar throws easy against a strong front side and generates good arm speed out of a high three-quarter slot. He lands slightly across his body and pitches down a steep plane to the plate with good extension out front. The angle and extension together give him above average deception. He worked his fastball mostly in the 87-89 mph range during the middle innings, but sat 92-94 in the first, touching 95. Most likely, he will be able to maintain the 90s heat as he builds up arm strength this spring. He also relied on a plus changeup which showed good depth at 79-80 mph and a curveball with similar velocity. The shape and action of the pitch are both much improved since last fall. Instead of the slurvy low-80s breaker he showed at Vanderbilt during the David Williams Fall Classic, he now features a big league breaker with tightened spin and more depth. It’s a swing/miss pitch and big weapon against both left and right-handed batters. After redshirting last season as a true freshman, Hajjar looks to be one of the top college arms eligible for the 2021 draft and a likely early round selection. (Seifert)

11/10/19

Hajjar showed a smooth delivery with a loose arm and throws against a strong front side.He landed slightly across his body showing average to slightly better arm speed and fair deception which was aided by his very good extension out front. He worked his fastball in the 87-92 mph range, and there looks to be much more in the tank. His best pitch was a plus changeup which showed plus-plus depth at 80-83 mph. Hajjar also mixed in a fringy slurve breaking ball in the low-80s showing good feel and throwing it for strikes.

7/25/2017
Recently made a significant velocity jump into the low 90's/ The secondary stuff continues to improve as he physically matures. 

8/5/16- Future Game Report

6-foot-4, 190-pound, long and lengthy frame. The arms and hands are very long, has plenty of room for future development. On the mound this left hander, works from a high ¾ slot, with arm action slightly longer and a clean path. When is he is on time and stays back he pitches downhill and the ball gets on the hitter quick. In his three innings of work fastball sat at 82-84 mph, pitched to both sides of the plate with it, and got great extension on finish. The breaking ball has some slurve break to it at 68-69 mph, spin could get slightly tighter. The changeup is a work in progress, hasn't had to use it much up until this point. Ceiling is extremely high, look for velocity to climb.

Excellent looking left-hander who pitched for the first time in front of us and I loved what I saw. The arms are long and the body frame projects, he is currently 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. The ball jumps out of his hand, and there is a lot going on in his delivery right now. The arms and legs are still growing so he is trying to get a handle on the delivery. It will all fall into place for him, and when it does, lookout. I would jump on him now. The delivery is clean and athletic, shoulder tracking and the handling of the front side needs improvement, standard for the age. The fastball touched 85 with great downhill life. The breaking ball is soft, as he needs more fastball hand speed to it, it sits at 65 mph. The changeup is going to be excellent, its good now, but should keep improving. The changeup was 70 mph with fade. Big time guy for me.

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