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The Cleveland Guardians selected Jacob Zibin- RHSP in the 10th round (301st overall) in the 2022 MLB Draft.

Jacob Zibin – RHSP

School: TXNL Academy
Age: 17.5; Ht: 6’4; Wt: 218
Throws: Right

Pre-Draft Rankings:

GBI – 69 -131
Baseball America – 121
Prospects Live – 62
PG – 72

Willie Hood’s Analysis:

The native of British Colombia re-classified to the 2022 MLB Draft class making him the youngest player available this cycle. According to Prospects Live, Zibin added 2 inches and 25 pounds of muscle to his frame. He is very young and still maturing physically, with added strength and professional development, Zibin could add more velocity and depth to his secondaries in the future. Zibin is committed to the University of South Carolina but is expected to officially sign with rumors of an agreement already in place surfacing on the internet. 

On the mound, the 6’4, 218 soon-to-be-former prep arm displays an athletic frame and quick arm from three-quarters delivery. The right-hander has an easy 92-95 mph four-seamer that touches 97 mph with reports of 98 mph, and his two-seamer sits 91-92 mph. Zibin’s sinking 83-85 mph change-up flashes plus and can generate swing and miss. He rounds out his repertoire with a developing slider in the low-to-mid 80s mph range. The talented right-hander will likely start his professional career in the Arizona Complex League and stay there for an extended period.

Press release:

The Canadian-born prep hurler is a product of the Langley Blaze club team in British Columbia, the same program that has
developed Major Leaguers such as Brett Lawrie and Tyler O’Neill. A University of South Carolina commit, Zibin took home
2022 National Academies Association conference MVP honors.

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