It’s funny how quickly things can change regarding the MLB draft. Sometimes, first overall picks fizzle out and are never to be heard from again. Sometimes, players can go from non-prospect to 5th round pick in the matter of 12 months. Down in Columbia, MO, Missouri Tigers starting pitcher Michael Plassmeyer has catapulted his name onto draft boards after losing his starting role in 2017.
Michael Plassmeyer is a 6′ 2″ 197′ LHP from St. Louis, MO. The junior currently owns an ERA of 2.48 in a team leading 65.1 IP in (an also team leading) 10 starts. Plassmeyer has recorded 78 K’s to only 11 BB’s in his 65.1 innings of work this year in the toughest conference in college baseball. The lefty doesn’t throw more than 92-93 mph, but his combination of elite control and nasty curveball have propelled Plassmeyer’s draft stock into previously uncharted territory.
Just last season, Michael Plassmeyer’s ERA sat in the mid-4’s and he lost his job in the rotation. He busted his butt in the offseason, added 2-3 consistent mph to his fastball, and is now pitching in the low-90’s. He also made some adjustments to his CB that have given him a legitimate strikeout pitch.
Being a local kid, I was able to talk to a couple of scouts in the region about Plassmeyer’s rise:
Scout 1: “The improvements he made have probably put him in the conversation to be taken in the first 10 rounds. The curveball seems to be the biggest difference.”
Scout 2: “He could be taken as early as round 6. I think he’ll sign.”
An MLB team executive: “We’ve got eyes on him for rounds 5-7.”
Plassmeyer’s high 3/4 arm-slot, improved velocity, and new curveball have thrusted one of Mizzou’s best starters this season into draft talks. That probably seemed impossible to Plassmeyer this time last season. In a system desperate for arms, Plassmeyer is the type of guy that could rise quickly in a system, which ought to be a target for Kansas City in this upcoming draft. Look for Plassmeyer’s name to be called by round 10, ideally for our Royals.