With the 155th pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, the Milwaukee Brewers selected right handed pitcher Justin Jarvis.
Justin Jarvis is an 18-year old right handed pitcher out of Lake Norman High School, and previously Mooresville High School, in Mooresville, North Carolina. His high school head coach was former major leaguer, Ty Wiggington. The fifth round draft pick was the Milwaukee Brewers fifth selection in the 2018 MLB Draft.
Jarvis stands at 6’3″ and weighs in at 168 pounds. Before being drafted, the 2018 high school grad was committed to play at UNC Wilmington.
He was listed as number 199 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 200 Draft Prospects for 2018.
Jarvis has a quick arm, but he struggles with his command and at times, his consistency.
He boasts a 60 grade fastball that reached 95 MPH in his senior high school season, and keeping it consistently in the low nineties. Adding more muscle to his skinny frame should help him to improve on his already improved velocity.
Within his senior season, he pitched a perfect game where he recorded eighteen strikeouts. He finished out his senior year with an 8-2 record. Though he is committed to UNC-Wilmington, he is considered to be signable.
He also boasted a 1.60 ERA in his 57 innings in his 2018 season. The senior only gave up 33 hits, and struck out 95 total batters throughout the season.
His curveball and changeup both grade in at 50 according to MLB Pipeline. He will be a work in progress in the Milwaukee Brewers organization should he choose to sign a contract. According to MLB Pipeline, he has deceptive arm speed on his change, but he struggles with consistency. His draft stock reportedly plummeted due to the regression of his curveball leading up to the MLB Draft.
Will he sign?
According to the Statesville Record and Landmark, Jarvis reportedly said he will “probably” decide to sign on as a member of the Crew, rather than opting to stick with his college commitment.
In the article by Brian Meadows, he talked about his experience in Milwaukee recently for a workout.
"“I threw in Miller Park and got to meet everyone,” Jarvis said. “I like it. It’s a cool place. I’m looking forward to it."
Was this a good pick?
Yes. He will be a work in progress, but that is the case with most young arms. His fastball needs less work than his off speed pitches, but he should fare well in the Milwaukee Brewers minor league system.
This is overall a good pick for the Crew. Though he was a starter in high school, it’s possible that he may evolve into a bullpen role as he works his way up the ladder in the Milwaukee Brewers farm system.