Draft Analysis: Rounds 16-20
Round 16: Jon Mueller, University of Minnesota, RHP
Scouting Report: Mueller was red-shirted in his first year out of high school when he attended Butler Univeristy. Injuries held him back in 2004, and he pitched in just seven games. Mueller transferred to Minnesota and had a healthy 2005 season. He pitched primarily out of the bullpen finishing with a 0 and 1 record with a 2.86 ERA. Mueller has a good pitcher’s body at 6’4” 180 and still could have room to fill out. He’s athletic and has a fastball that can reach the 92-94 MPH range. His curve is also a good pitch, but his lack of a third pitch is one of the reasons he’s in the bullpen. His command has also been a problem; Mueller walked 16 batters in 28.3 innings last season while striking out 26. Mueller is currently pitching in the Northwood’s Summer Collegiate Ball League, so he will not sign until that season is finished. Currently, Mueller has a 2.35 ERA in 23 innings and is getting some starts in the rotation. He’s averaging a strikeout per inning, but is also walking too many batters.
Analysis: Decent selection. Mueller has a good fastball/curve combination along with size and athleticism, but to reach the majors, he must improve his command and cut down on his walks.
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