James Dykstra

RHP James Dykstra delivers a pitch for the Winston-Salem Dash (Jody Stewart / Winston-Salem Dash)

RHP James Dykstra delivers a pitch for the Winston-Salem Dash (Jody Stewart / Winston-Salem Dash)

Position: RH SP
Born: 11/22/90
Ht: 6'4" Wt: 195
Acquired: Drafted 7th Round in 2013 from Cal State San Marcos
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #25 - 2014 Midseason

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Scouting report
Dykstra was taken as a "signability guy" in the 7th round in 2013, getting a low-round bonus and pitching only briefly for Great Falls in his draft year. A strong first full season put him on the radar in 2014. In 16 starts with Kannapolis, the 23-year-old posted a 2.62 ERA and 1.22 WHIP, but his peripherals were more impressive: 82 K, just 10 BB, and a 2.18 GO/AO in 99 innings. Promoted to A+ Winston-Salem he got hit a lot harder (12.3 H/9), but his K and BB numbers (7.8 K/9, 1.0 BB/9) remained strong and he continued to keep the ball on the ground (2.36 GO/AO). In 2015 he returned to the Dash and was posted decent but unspectacular numbers in 19 starts (4.07 ERA, 1.2 BB/9, 5.8 K/9), then moved to a relief role (except a spot start) and seemed to flourish (20 IP, 18 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 17 K). Dykstra was in AA Birmingham for 2016, first in a relief role (24 IP, 33 H, 14 ER, 12 BB, 13 K), then back to the rotation for 15 starts (78 IP, 96 H, 42 ER, 27 BB, 53 K).

Dykstra has not only good control, but good true command of most of his pitches as well. He leans heavily on a 2-seamer that runs upper 80's to low 90's with good sink and an above average change-up. He also throws a 4-seamer that is typically low 90's and a slurvy breaking pitch. The stuff has been good enough to get minor leaguers out semi-regularly, but he appears to have hit a ceiling and at this point looks like an org arm. He'd need to show more than command and a good change-up to break into the show.

Major League Outlook: Back end starter or middle reliever
ETA: Late 2017

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