Tyler Jay is a 6'1", 175 pound left-handed pitcher for the University of Illinois who went undrafted out of high school, but made a huge jump during his sophomore year. Jay has an electric arm, usually sitting around 95 mph, but can get it up to 98 frequently, and he also throws a slider, curve, and change. Although he is a power pitcher, he does not use a ton of effort in his delivery, using his athleticism and arm speed to throw in the high nineties, but some talent evaluators are concerned about his size. He closes for the Fighting Illini, and has only made one start this year, but he has the pitch mix and control to start, so the team that drafts him will likely make him a starter. He has the stuff to be a #1 starter, as his fastball has lots of movement and has got 70 ratings, and his curve and slider have received 60s, plus his change is average. Some teams don't think he can start, but many scouts didn't think that Tim Lincecum, Sonny Gray, or Marcus Stroman would start, but all of them ended up being starters in the majors, and even if he doesn't start he will be an above average reliever. The Twins are said to be high on Jay, who has similar stuff to Carlos Rodon, and even if he didn't start he would immediately become the top relief prospect in the organization, or they could take the route the White Sox have taken with Chris Sale and Rodon, and the Twins could take Jay to prevent the Sox from doing the same thing again, but I don’t think that would be their motive if they take him, but he certainly has the stuff to be the top pitcher to come out of this year’s class.
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