Jacob Walsh
Jacob Walsh
Jacob Walsh
Jacob Walsh
Jacob Walsh

CLASS OF 2021

1B
LHP

Jacob
Walsh

University of Oregon
Desert Oasis (HS) • NV
6-4 • 215LBS • L/L
Travel Team: Breakthrough Series/ Las Vegas Aces

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10/25/20

Oregon recruit. Walsh’s physicality is immediately apparent at 6-foot-4, 215-pounds, and he carries it well with enough athleticism to produce a 6.99 60-yard dash time. His powerful stroke from the left side is sure to gather some MLB scouts at Desert Oasis games throughout the spring, and he gave a glimpse at that power throughout batting practice including home runs to the pull side that travelled as far as 388 feet per Trackman reports. Starting upright and square with the hands in constant movement, Walsh utilizes a leg kick that hangs to initiate separation of the hands with a near-exaggerated wrap into a power position. From there, a concerted effort to work uphill and lift the ball is seen with quickness of the hands. There was minimal effort for Walsh to create such force on the ball, and he had  some of the top rotational acceleration of any player at the event. Walsh is relaxed in all his actions and demonstrates an ability to slow the game down at the plate and in the field. He battled deep into a count in one live at-bat before lining a single to the opposite field to showcase ability to cover the plate. However, the power potential is what is sure to excite MLB clubs, and should he carry his successes of previous years into this spring, Walsh may have an opportunity to be a Day 2 selection in July.

11/14/18-Large Frame, 6-foot-3, Walsh is physical, long levered with present strength. He is a capable first baseman with instincts for the position.  He displayed solid skill for picks and footwork around the bag.  His transition and exchange are hindered by his need to throw from the comfort of a high ¾ slot.  His rhythm and fluidity will improve with more time in present frame as well as the development of multiple angle throws.  In the box, Walsh is a physical presence with a sound approach.  He strides to a slightly closed position, establishing a strong launch position and staying balanced throughout his swing.  His swing is short and efficient with solid weight transfer and use of his lower half that manages his natural power.  Walsh has a chance to hit for average and power. He pitches from an overhand slot with consistent tilt.  His fastball has fade sink and ranged 77-81.  The overhand curveball had consistent depth with occasional bite, 70-72.  He maintains a feel for his changeup, 70-71, which had some straight fade. Walsh maintains an evenly paced delivery with easy arm action and body control.  He displays pitchability and maturity as well as strength increases will likely provide velocity improvement.  Walsh is a legitimate two way Division 1 prospect.

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