Jeff Criswell
Jeff Criswell
Jeff Criswell

CLASS OF 2017

RHP
3B

Jeff
Criswell

Michigan
Portage Central (HS) • MI
6-4 • 205LBS • R/R
Travel Team: HBF Maroons

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2017 National

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2020
PBR DRAFT
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2017 DRAFT Tigers ROUND 35

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7/30/15
6-foot-2, 175-pound prospect. Works with an upbeat tempo, throwing from a 3/4 arm angle powering the ball downhill. Uses a high leg kick to disguise the ball and drives well off the back leg. Has a strong, 3-pitch arsenal. Fastball was 87-89 mph with sink, hard sweeping curve 67-70 mph and fading change up 70-73 mph.

3/8/15
6-foot-2, 175-pound prospect. Quick ¾ arm action with an explosive lower half in a clean delivery. Fastball showed a heavy action at 83-86 mph. 12/6 curveball at 69-72 mph and changeup with good arm speed deception at 71-74 mph. Soft hands with an above average arm strength at third base. Threw 87 mph across the infield. Toe tap stride, creates good bat speed in a middle of the field approach. Bat speed registered at 89 mph.


2020 DRAFT:Tall and strong bodied at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Criswell is a high-level competitor with a big arm and a nasty slider. After serving as the Sunday starter a year ago behind a pair of second-rounders in Tommy Henry (D-Backs) and Karl Kaufmann (Rockies), Criswell slid into the Friday night role to anchor the staff this spring, going 0-1, 4.50 with 26 strikeouts in 24 frames. He can run his fastball up to 96 mph, sitting mostly 92-94. He has very good arm speed with high effort and a high leg sweep finish to his delivery. At this point in his development Criswell is still more thrower than pitcher and works into too many deep counts. He profiles best to the back of a bullpen in pro ball where his fastball and plus 83-85 mph slider can play up. Seldomly, he'll mix in a mid-80s circle changeup, thrown with good arm speed. Overall, Criswell has one of the bigger arms in college baseball and has two swing and miss offerings. With confidence and competitiveness that set him apart, the righthander could come off the board in the top two rounds.

2/14/20: Tall, strong bodied 6-foot-3, 210 pound power pitcher. Criswell is a high level competitor with a big arm and nasty slider at times. During his 6.1 IP start against Vanderbilt on Opening Night at the Arizona Diamondbacks spring training stadium in Scottsdale, (Ariz.) his fastball topped at 96 mph, sitting mostly 92-94. He allowed two hits and two runs while walking four and striking out five. He has very good arm speed with high effort and a high leg sweep finish to his delivery. His finish is much improved than the karate kick recoil he showed in the summer of 2018 in Cape Cod. At this point in his development he is still more thrower than pitcher and works into too many deep counts. He profiles best to the back of a bullpen in pro ball where his fastball and plus 83-85 mph slider can play up. On this recent look he also mixed in a rare 86 mph circle changeup, thrown with good arm speed. During previous looks, the third pitch in his arsenal was a split/change and played as a swing/miss strikeout pitch. Overall, Criswell has one of the bigger arms in college baseball AND has two or three swing/miss offerings. His confidence and competitiveness also set him apart. With another strong season for the Wolverines, look for Criswell’s name to be called very early during Day Two this June. (Seifert)

8/5/18:Tall, strong bodied 6’3/210 power pitcher. Average arm action, some stab on backside. Fair delivery, lands off-balance with recoil and a karate kick finish. Fastball mostly 91-95 mph, touched 96. Slider 83-84 mph. Splitty at 82-83 mph was swing/miss pitch. Big arm and interesting relief prospect for 2020 draft. (Seifert)

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