To many, the Leiter surname sounds familiar, although it has not been very common in MLB with only three players represented as such. And the most successful of them was Al head, who played 19 major league seasons. Today he is pushing very hard, Jack Thomas Head, nothing more and nothing less than his son and he is also a pitcher, although upright. This young man pull straights between 95 and 100 miles per hour, accompanying with a curve from 12 to 6 at 74 mph.
A draft-eligible sophomore at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee), Jack Leiter is considered one of the best prospects available in the 2021 MLB draft. He is 20 years old, 1.85 meters tall and weighs 88 kilos.
He was born in Plantation, Florida on April 21, 2000, although Leiter grew up in Summit, New Jersey. Last year in the NCAA with Vanderbilt Commodores in the Southeastern Conference he was 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA in four games (three starts). In 15.2 innings he allowed only five hits, three earned runs, walked eight and struck out 22.
He also hit one batter and threw three wildpitchs on 60 batters (13 more than minimum), leaving a 0.83 whip. It was his first college baseball experience, not bad for his debut, and all of that was before the college baseball season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his college debut on February 18, 2020, Leiter pitched five hitless innings and struck out 12, leading Vanderbilt to a 3-0 victory over the University of South Alabama. He was named Southeastern Conference Co-Freshman of the week after the performance.
He made it to High School at Delbarton in Morristown, New Jersey, the state where his father was born. Today Jack is enlisting for his second season in the NCAA.
In December 2018, he played for the USA Baseball U18 National Team in Panama City during the 2018 COPABE Pan American Championship, helping Team USA win a gold medal. In July of that year, he played in the 2018 Under Armor All-America Baseball Game.
He was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of New Jersey in 2019. At the time of his selection, he was 6-0 with a 0.54 ERA and a .364 batting.
Leiter was considered one of the best prospects for the 2019 Major League Baseball draft, but due to his strong commitment to Vanderbilt University, he was not selected until the 20th round by the New York Yankees and did not sign and instead He signed up with Vanderbilt to play college baseball.
It should be noted that Jack is the nephew of Mark Leiter, brother of his father, Al. Mark also pitched in the MLB for 11 years and was straight. However, those three are not the only ones in the Leiter family: Mark Leiter Jr (Mark’s son and Jack’s cousin) also reached the Major Leagues for two years (2017-2018) with the Phillies and Blue Jays. Still in 2020 it belonged to Arizona.
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