2013 MLB Draft: Dillon Overton, LHP, University of Oklahoma

Dillon Overton, University of Oklahoma - Kyle Laferriere-USA TODAY Sports


2013 MLB Draft Profile: Dillon Overton, LHP, University of Oklahoma


Dillon Overton is one of several college lefties vying for the back half of the first round in 2013. He hasn't received a huge amount of attention just yet, but I suspect that will change as the college season gets moving.

Overton was drafted for the first time in 2010, a 26th round pick by the Boston Red Sox out of high school in Weatherford, Oklahoma. It was generally assumed that he would go to college and he did, taking a key role on the Sooners pitching staff as a freshman in '11. He made seven starts and 16 relief appearances, combining for 74 innings with a 2.30 ERA and a 59/33 K/BB ratio with 72 hits allowed.

He took a larger share of pitching time in 2012, making 16 starts and six relief appearances for 123 innings, continuing to perform well with a 3.15 ERA and a 126/24 K/BB with 127 hits allowed. His strikeout rate spiked (from 7.14 K/9 to 9.24) and his walk rate decreased (4.00 to 1.76). His velocity took a kick up in addition to the improved command. He will be a full-time starter in 2013.

Overton isn't a big guy. He's listed at 6-2, but with his weight varying between 160 to 180 depending on the source. I'm assuming the 160 was from high school; he looks more like 175-180 to me than 160. He's got a good measure of athleticism and repeats his simple delivery quite well, throwing strikes with a 90-93 MPH fastball. His slider has life and his changeup is good enough to help everything play up, giving him three solid pitches. His feel for pitching is very good and he has mature mound presence, taking the role as Oklahoma's Friday night starter heading into 2013.

Although he doesn't the upper-90s heat of a dominator or the huge physical projection to make scouts drool, Overton's overall package is attractive and should get him play as a "safe" pick, a guy who projects as a back-of-the-rotation strike thrower with an easy risk profile, who can move quickly through a minor league system and provide a fast return on investment. A strong spring will get him consideration in the back of the first round.

Dillon Overton University of Oklahoma Profile

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Minor League Ball

You must be a member of Minor League Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Minor League Ball. You should read them.

Join Minor League Ball

You must be a member of Minor League Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Minor League Ball. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker