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Jake Wong

Born: 09/03/1996 (Age: 25)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 218
Calm windup with a partial leg kick and fully extended over-the-top arm action
Evaluator Marc Delucchi
Report Date 07/04/2022
Affiliate Eugene Emeralds (High A, Cubs)
Dates Seen 7/4/2022
OFP 40
MLB ETA 2024
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 55 93 96 Wong has gone away from his old sinker to a standard four-seamer, which was his most effective pitch on Monday. Ryan Bliss sat on the first pitch of the outing, blasting a 95 mph fastball more than 420 feet over the center field wall. However, Wong's fastball was his most consistent pitch. His fastball was 94-96 for the first two innings before it settled in at 92-94 t96 over his next three+ innings of work. When Wong located his curveball, Hillsboro hitters struggled to keep up with the pitch's velocity, however, it won't be effective enough to carry him.
Curveball 55 78 82 The sharp power curveball is a promising secondary offering that has the characteristics of a potentially plus breaking ball. It generated some whiffs and a good amount of soft contact, however, he was unable to throw it for strikes and consistently bounced the pitch for easy takes. Won't need to develop an excellent feel for his curveball for it to be an effective pairing with his fastball, but he'll need to make some big strides with his command to maximize its full potential.
Changeup 40 88 90 Sporadically threw an upper-80s pitch that was difficult to classify. It did not have noticeable movement, but clearly was a change of pace pitch. Right now, there is not enough movement to make up for the minimal velocity disparity from the fastball. Without big improvements, this pitch probably isn't usable at higher levels.

It's been a tough road early in his pro career, but even at 25, the former third-round pick still has many of the traits that made him a highly regarded draft prospect. Wong can hold his velocity well enough to stick in the rotation, but his secondary offerings will probably force him to the pen. His curveball has plus potential, but he lacks a consistent feel for the pitch at the moment and is still searching for a viable third pitch. Still, Wong has the pieces to be a big-league reliever and could be a late-inning candidate if his velocity kicks up to the upper 90s with a lesser workload.

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