Jonathan Childress excited to take next step

Jonathan Childress is one of the top prep left-handed pitchers in the 2018 MLB Draft class. He’s increased his draft stock this spring, posting a 1.02 ERA with 139 strikeouts and 20 walks in 75 1/3 innings.

A Forney, Texas native, Childress will likely be an early-round selection in the 2018 MLB Draft, which begins June 4. ranks Childress as the 115th-best prospect.

“I’m really, really excited. For whatever comes next, I’m excited to take the next step,” said Childress, a Texas A&M commit. “Whether that’s being an Aggie or being part of a big league club. It’s going to be a blast and a dream come true.”

A 6-foot-4, 215-pound hurler, Childress has a five-pitch mix, consisting of a four-seam fastball, changeup, slider, curveball and cutter. He throws from a high three-quarters arm slot.

Childress’ fastball sat in the mid-90s last summer, but has been down a couple ticks this spring, consistently touching 92 mph. His curveball is one of the best in this year’s prep class and features 1-to-7 break.

He started throwing a cutter last summer. He has used it regularly against right-handed hitters and has become “more comfortable throwing” it this spring, he said.

“The cutter is working really well,” he said. “I can get in on righties a lot easier. When go inside on righties, I always had the natural cut, but now I have a little extra sharpness to it, which has helped. I’ve gotten a lot of ground balls out of it.”

Childress has also refined his changeup this spring, as it’s turned into a quality offering. His goal entering this season was to improve his changeup command, which he said he’s accomplished.

“I’ve thrown it a lot. It’s been a good third pitch for me,” he said. “It’s come a very long way for me since last year.”

Childress’ high school team is in the midst of a playoff run. Childress’ teammate and friend, Mason Englert, is also a Texas A&M commit and a well-regarded 2018 MLB Draft prospect.

Having a friend who’s a talented baseball player and going through the same process has made the draft process easier, Childress said.

“It helps quite a bit to have someone that’s going through the same thing as you,” Childress said.

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Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski III is the creator of the Baseball Prospect Journal and has covered the MLB draft since 2015. His draft work originally appeared on, a sports website he started in December 2011. He also covered the Milwaukee Brewers as a member of the credentialed media for four years. Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.

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