Jacob Rhame is a 22-year old righty from Denton, Texas. At 6’1″ and 190 lbs, the young Dodgers prospect boasts a fastball that has been clocked as high as 100 mph, but it hasn’t always been that way for Jacob.
After high school, he signed on to pitch for the Oklahoma Sooners. However, he started to gain weight and began to lose command and velocity in his pitches. After transferring to Grayson County College, he got back into shape and his command returned.
Baseball scout Clint Hulsey saw Rhame pitch while he was at Grayson and made some of the following observations.
“He was throwing 90-93 MPH, getting down to 89. One scout said he was anywhere from 87-95 MPH on his fastball and remarked on the inconsistency of his velocity.” Hulsey continued, “Overall, he showed the ability to work both sides of the plate, and could be just absolutely dominating at times.”
Rhame was drafted by the Dodgers in 2013 and had a tough debut season in the minors. After working with his coaches, Rhame has largely improved his delivery. He is now able to throw a high-90s fastball with consistency and accuracy. His fastball is complimented with a serviceable slider that has been clocked in the upper-80s.
He spent the entire 2014 season pitching for The Great Lakes Loons and had a remarkable showing as a reliever. He pitched 67 innings with an ERA of 2.01 and a WHIP of 0.925. On top of that, he also gave his opponents nightmares by averaging over 12 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched.
Rhame spent most of 2015 in Double-A Tulsa where he had another impressive season. He threw 50 innings for the Drillers with an ERA just over 3.
At just 22 years old, Rhame has shown a lot of potential. His high 90s fastball makes him a highly touted prospect and he has been effective so far in his career. He still has a little ways to go before he becomes an effective major league reliever, but his fast start has been more than promising.