When I was on the PitcherList On The Farm podcast (OTF 38) in September, 2022, I was asked who could be the #1 prospect in 2023. I said it would probably be a guy named Jordan. Meet the second of them, Jordan Lawlar.
- Born: July 17, 2002
- B/T: Right/Right
- 6’2″, 190-lbs
- Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2021 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas.
His raw numbers are listed above courtesy of baseball-reference.com. Let’s aggregate by year then focus on the important numbers for minor leaguers:
After an injury curtailed his 2021 enough to ignore it, he made up for lost time by rising through four levels in a season — all as a teenager.
He smoked Rookie pitchers, then dominated in both power and speed at A-ball. Then he went to High-A and continued producing nicely. He only slowed down in Double-A at the end of his first full professional season. Even then he drew 10% walks, so the guy get walks in his sleep.
Not much point in doing monthly splits as his whole season is a bunch of splits as it was.
Handedness K% and BB%
High-A (vs RH): 27%K and 12%BB. (vs LH): 22%K and 13%BB.
AA (vs RH): 29%K and 11%BB. (vs LH): 27%K and 7%BB.
He doesn’t strike out excessively, and he draws walks, and neither type of pitcher dominates him.
He didn’t dominate Double-A, so let’s see him do that to start 2023.
In his first full season he put up good numbers until he hit the wall at Double-A. But as shown in this interview, he has a strong desire to get better, and I expect he will smoke Double-A to start 2023, and then quickly go to Triple-A. Maybe a brief appearance in the majors by September.
This is the Diamondbacks SS of the future. The future’s coming soon.