SF Giants Way-Too-Early 2021 MLB Draft Targets:
4. Steven Hajjar, LHP, Michigan
If COVID-19 impeeds the 2021 collegiate season, teams will be left with an unusually small sample to evaluate college prospects. Michigan southpaw Steven Hajjar, who missed his first-year on campus with a torn-ACL and made just four starts for the Wolverines in 2020, is a prime example. Still, even if that’s the case, Hajjar’s projectable profile will have a compelling case to go in the first round.
Hajjar’s 6’5”-210 lbs frame should be capable of handling a starter’s workload. His fastball sits in the low-90s but plays up because of movement and extension in his delivery. His breaking-ball, which moves like a slider, but at curveball velocity, remains his best offering. Its late-breaking movement pairs nicely with his fastball.
Perhaps just as importantly, in his four starts this Spring, Hajjar’s changeup looked like a potentially average big-league offering, something scouts were skeptical of when he was in high school.
In his limited sample, Hajjor posted a 2.70 ERA over 20 innings across four starts in 2020. He struck out 24 but surrendered 11 walks. Needless to say, how those numbers progress in his third year on campus will have a huge impact on his draft stock.
Of all the players on this list, Hajjar is also the youngest relative to his peers. He turned 20 in August of this year and won’t be 21 until after next year’s draft.
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