MB 100 | Top 40 | No. 27 Stephen Kohlscheen

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MB 100 | No. 27 Stephen Kohlscheen

RHP | 2014 Age: 25 | 6-6, 235

45th round of 2010 draft out of Auburn

2013 ranking: unranked

Year Age Tm Lev W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9
2010 21 Pulaski Rk 3 0 2.51 7 5 0 28.2 30 8 8 1 5 28 1.221 9.4 0.3 1.6 8.8
2011 22 2 Teams A-A- 7 3 3.98 31 14 0 108.2 106 51 48 10 44 102 1.380 8.8 0.8 3.6 8.4
2012 23 3 Teams A+-A-AA 4 3 3.47 42 0 3 70.0 77 34 27 8 36 91 1.614 9.9 1.0 4.6 11.7
2013 24 Jackson AA 7 3 2.30 41 0 2 66.2 47 18 17 6 25 85 1.080 6.3 0.8 3.4 11.5
4 Seasons 21 9 3.28 121 19 5 274.0 260 111 100 25 110 306 1.350 8.5 0.8 3.6 10.1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/21/2014.

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Spectometer Analysis:

Year Age Lvl HR% BB% XBH + BB% ISO K% PSA+ Conv+ Comp
Age Arc Goal < 1% Goal < 6% Goal < 14% Goal < .100 Goal > 20% Strong prospect > 100
2010 21 “+2” 0.84% 4.20% 8.40% 0.080 23.53% 148 119 166
2011 22 “+2” 2.12% 9.34% 17.41% 0.148 21.66% 91 91 82
2012 23 “+2” 2.49% 11.21% 19.31% 0.159 28.35% 96 99 95
2013 24 “+2” 2.27% 9.47% 15.53% 0.125 32.20% 125 122 148

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Special Sauce:

  • Was especially tough on RH hitters in 2013, yielding only a .184/.275/.272 slash line against.
  • Was drafted out of high school, out of junior college and finally out of Auburn.
  • From Norman, OK, but eschewed his hometown Sooners for the Tigers.
  • Picked in the 45th round, which no longer exists.  Starting in 2012, there are only 40 rounds.

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You’ll need to click on the image to get to this one, but it gives you an entire at-bat.

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Commentary:

You can see the big red numbers showing up in the 2013 row of the “Spectometer” chart, indicating the “plateau leap” for which we have already given Kohlscheen credit.  His strikeout total was already high, but he managed to increase it while also seeing a drop in walks and ISO-against.

Thus, the flying leap from off the list entirely in 2013 to No. 27 today.

Unlike the last Stephen in our countdown (Landazuri), Kohlscheen is an intimidating presence on the mound at 6-6, 235.  He was one of the “tall ones” in AA Jackson’s “Goon Squad” bullpen.  And you can see in the video that he comes in more “over-the-top” than the sidearm-y Carson Smith. Kohlscheen’s fastball is in the 93-94 range.

And he seems to have found the key to racking up monstrous strikeouts with that combination.  Moreover, as noted above, Kohlscheen also has been particularly tough on RH-hitting opponents.

It took him awhile (Kohlscheen’s ERA in his last year at Auburn was 6.49), but he seems to have finally put the pieces together to get the strikeouts without being hit hard.

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Extra Innings:

Here’s another tall guy from Auburn circa 2010.

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