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2014 Angels Draft Analysis/Recap

With the fifteenth overall pick in the 2014 draft the Angels selected Sean Newcomb. When Newcomb’s name was called many rejoiced as they got the pitcher they wanted, others hadn’t heard of the Hartford lefty. Most haven’t heard about the players in the Angels Draft, so this is where we come in to give you the best analysis on each pick. The Angels drafted 17 position players and 23 pitchers, with only 3 of those players coming out of High School. This has been a trend by Angels Scouting Director Ric Wilson, as he’s taken more college players than prep players each year since he’s taken over. This is mainly for restocking the farm system with depth and safer players for our organization, so this might change in later years when they can take chances on higher upside prep players. This draft also featured the first time the Angels selected a player out of Puerto Rico since 2005. Let’s take a look at all of the 40 draft picks by the Angels, starting off with the first 5 with detailed reports by Tanner Shurtz and Scott Stedman.

Rounds 1-10

1. Sean Newcomb (by Scott Stedman)

Height/Weight: 6’5″/240
School: Hartford University
Age: 20 (21 on June 12)
Position: SP
BAT/THROW: L/L

What level we think he starts in: Rookie Ball

What experts say about him: Experts expected Newcomb to go higher than he did. It was fairly surprising that he fell to the Halos, and it seems like Ric Wilson was thrilled that he did. Newcomb has some of the easiest velocity you will ever see out of a left-handed pitcher. It looks as if he is just warming up, but the radar gun will read 91-95, occasionally 96-97. The slider is also currently a plus pitch and the change up might end up being his best secondary offering, but it’ll take some time. The mechanics are smooth and his body leads experts to believe he can carry a heavy workload.

What you personally like about him: Everything. We have this on record, I started talking to Tanner Shurtz about Newcomb in January and stated before the draft that I thought he was the 2nd best pitcher in the class behind Brady Aiken. The amount of #rig that Newcomb possesses is off the charts. He’s the confident pitcher that doesn’t cross the line into cocky. Newcomb maintains the zone well, and shows the ability to get the punch-out when needed. The mechanics are silky, and he doesn’t have a ton of miles on his arm. He’s trending upward, just sort of figuring out who he is as a pitcher – and that bodes extremely well for the future.

Fun Fact: There’s nothing fun about a 97 MPH fastball coming at your face from a guy who looks like he’s soft tossing.

2. Joe Gatto (by Tanner Shurtz)

6’5″ 215 lbs
St. Augustine Prep HS
18 years old
Position: SP
R/R

What level we think he starts in: AZL Angels

What experts say about him:
MLB.com:Gatto has a big frame with projectability remaining. He usually pitches at 90-92 mph with his fastball and has reached 94, which he should do more regularly as he fills out. His heater has run and sink as well, and he does a nice job of using his height to throw it on a steep downward plane.”

What you personally like about him:
Gatto has a very nice frame, delivery is workable, has trouble finishing his pitches but that can be ironed out in rookie ball. Gatto has the velocity you want, sitting 90-92 and a decent curve that projects to be a plus pitch. The changeup is key, like with every other pitcher, especially high school pitchers, right now it’s a fringe-average pitch but it projects to be above average. As of right now, I’d say Gatto has the ceiling of a nice #3 SP.

Fun Fact:
He looks like Johnny Manziel

3. Chris Ellis (by Scott Stedman)

Height/Weight: 6’5″/205
School: Ole Miss
Age: 21
Position: SP
BAT/THROW: R/R

What level we think he starts in: Rookie Ball

What experts say about him: Baseball America had Ellis ranked #71 and MLB.com had him at #79 so it seems like the Angels got a little lucky with Ellis still on the board at #88. Experts like Ellis’ size; at 6’5”, 205 he has the perfect pitcher’s body. The fastball is very consistent, almost always sitting in the low 90s and on occasion touching 94 or 95. The curveball is a solid secondary with a changeup that showed real promise in his junior year. The control is fine, but his command could be improved, as with most young pitchers he has the tendency to leave the ball up in the zone when he starts to tire. His ceiling is that of a #3 starter and he has a good chance of becoming a major league regular.

What you personally like about him:  Specifically, the fastball movement is something you rarely see in young pitchers. He easily gets natural sink on his four seam and can even cut it in to right-handers to give them a different look. The control aspect of his game is also very promising. He only walked 32 hitters in over 100 innings of work this season and he possesses mechanics that don’t lead us to believe throwing strikes will be an issue. If Ellis fills out a little bit more physically, there’s no reason to believe that he can’t bring his 91-93 to 93-95, making him that much more projectable.

Fun Fact: Ellis could rival Jered Weaver for the best hair in the organization. He has some great #flow going on.

4. Jeremy Rhoades (by Tanner Shurtz)

6’4″ 225 lbs.
Illinois State
21 years old
Position: SP/RP
R/R

What level we think he starts in: Orem Owlz

What experts say about him:
MLB.com: “Rhoades’ best pitch is a legitimate swing-and-miss slider that can sit in the mid-80s and features late tilt. He commands it better than his fastball, which usually operates at 90-92 mph and tops out at 94. He could add a tick or two of velocity if he reverts to full-time bullpen duty as a pro.”

What you personally like about him
: Rhoades has the frame to be a starter but not the delivery and stuff. Then again, Richards and Weaver don’t have the best deliveries and not all starting pitchers have the stuff that those two have as well. I’m a firm believer of giving every pitcher a shot to be in the rotation until it’s clear they need to be in the pen, UNLESS it’s obvious from the start they need to be in the pen. Like Gatto, it’s a workable delivery, fastball is average, slider is an obvious plus pitch, changeup is below average. Rhoades has a reliever repertoire but I would’ve liked to have seen him start in the rotation, rather than heading to the pen for the Owlz. As of right now, I’d put a ceiling of Rhoades as a 6th starter.

Fun Fact: His go-to dance move is throwing money

 

5. Jake Jewell (by Scott Stedman)

Height/Weight: 6’3″/200
School: Northeastern Oklahoma A&M
Age: 21
Position: RP
BAT/THROW: R/R

What level we think he starts in: Rookie Ball

What experts say about him: Likely a reliever only, but with the potential to be a back-end of the bullpen guy. Throws in the mid 90s and can touch 97 on occasion. Flashes a plus slider but can’t yet regularly throw it for a strike. Rarely uses a changeup – and rarely needed to but scouts never really got a good look at it. Could be a quick mover if he ends up in the bullpen.

What you personally like about him: Even though most write him off as a bullpen piece (and that’s not something to sneeze at) I kind of think the mechanics could work for him as a starter. Sure it would take longer developmentally and it would hinge on the improvement of the changeup, but I think it could happen.  Good velocity, and might be able to help the Angels at the end of 2015.
Fun Fact: Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher went to NEO as well.


Tanner Shurtz, Scott Stedman, Brent Maguire, Sean Knorzer and Joe Gilleland contributed to the following reports, hence the slightly different jargon utilized.

 

6. Alex Abbott

5’11” 187 lbs.
Tiff County HS.
20 years old
Position: RF
L/R

What level we think he starts in: AZL Angels

What you personally like about him:
Brings depth to the OF which we desperately need. Has some power in his bat, decent speed, lefty.

7. Bo Way

6’0″ 180lbs
Senior- Kennesaw State (GA)
22 years old
Position: CF
L/L

Starting Level: Orem (Rookie), but could definitely be up to Burlington (Low-A) before the end of the season

What experts say about him: Described as a “grinder” by Ric Wilson, Bo Way plays like his hair is on fire.  He reminds scouts of Kole Calhoun, a guy whose skills play up because of his aggressive style of play.  Good contact bat, average speed, but he gets really good jumps in the outfield.  Plus arm.

What you personally like about him: Good defense, arm, and speed, which all allow him to play the all outfield positions. He’s a good contact hitter. Overall, hard-worker.

Fun Fact: In high school, he was selected to Team Georgia for the Sunbelt Classic, and both times he was awarded MVP.

8. Jake Yacinich

Height/Weight: 6’1″ 180 lbs
School: Iowa University
Age: 21
Position: SS
BAT/THROW: R/R

What level we think he starts in: Orem

What experts say about him : According to Ric Wilson, the glove is already advanced. Potential good-great defensive shortstop at the big league level. Bat is fringe currently, could reach average-above average level. Hit tool his best offensive tool. Good bat to ball skills, doesn’t have a lot of swing and miss in his game. Lacks power, had a decent .447 SLG% this year. Above average runner and baserunner, stole 25 bases in 2014.

What you personally like about him: The skill set should remind fans of Eric Stamets, who could be a valuable shortstop soon. Glove first guys get undervalued at times, could fly under the radar and become solid player. Hit tool is solid enough to possibly carry him to full time shortstop role at the big league level.

Fun Fact: Yacinich stole home earlier this season in headfirst fashion.

9. Jordan Kipper

Height/Weight: 6’4″ 210 lbs
School: TCU
Age: 21
Position: SP
BAT/THROW: R/R

What level we think he starts in: Orem

What experts say about him: Good pitcher’s body, tall frame. Generates good downhill movement and sink on fastball. Throws a good sinker, 88-93 with good command. Has a solid slider and can throw for strikes. Good idea of the strike zone. 65 strikeouts and 14 walks in 68.2 innings in 2014. Doesn’t have overwhelming stuff, may struggle to miss bats as a starter. Needs 3rd pitch to be viable starter, could be a solid swingman.

What you personally like about him: Great numbers as a starter this year, 4.64 K/BB ratio. While the stuff isn’t overwhelming, he has 2 solid pitches and can throw strikes. Development of a 3rd pitch could make him a solid starter. Some sleeper potential here.

Fun Fact: Trout, Fish, and now Kipper. Kipper is trying to join Mike Trout and Tim Salmon as the only “fish” named players to play for the Angels.

10. Caleb Adams
Height/Weight: 6’0”/185
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Texarkana College
Age: 21
Position: OF
BAT/THROW: R/R

What level we think he starts in: Rookie Ball

What experts say about him: Good power and speed combination that you rarely see in a young player. Plus power potential, but with real swing-and-miss concerns. Second in the nation in .OPS in 2014. Won’t wow you with his size but Adams creates a lot of torque in his swing, leading to solid power to all fields. Average defender who will probably end up in one of the corner outfield spots.

What you personally like about him: He’s a grinder and has an aggressive style of play. This could become great value from a tenth round pick, as the only thing that could hold Adams back developmentally is the potential swing-and-miss problem. He’s aggressive in the zone but has an improving eye that could be beneficial down the line.

Fun Fact: N/A

 

Rounds 11-20

11: Andrew Daniel

Height/Weight: 6’1″ 190 lbs
School: University of San Diego
Age: 21
Position: 3B
BAT/THROW: R/R

What level we think he starts in: Orem

What experts say about him : Line drive approach, could be a high average guy with some gap power. Pretty athletic for the position, stole 13 bases in 2014. Struck out more than he walked in 2014, could be an issue against advanced pitching down the road.

What you personally like about him: He plays 3rd base and the Angels have a very weak crop of 3rd basemen as of now in the system.

Fun Fact: Attended San Bernardo High School in San Diego, the same school the 6th overall pick in the draft, Alex Jackson, went to.

12: Jared Ruxer

Height/Weight: 6’3″ 175 lbs
School: Louisville(KY)
Age: 21
Position: SP
BAT/THROW: R/R

What level we think he starts in: Orem

What experts say about him : Ruxer was one of the top Louisville starters this year, TJ surgery in the last week hurt his stock. Throws 90-92, can touch 94. Good downhill plane, 3/4 arm slot. Fastball tends to be hittable when he leaves it up in the zone. Some arm side run action. Has an above average changeup at present, could be a good pitch, more of a change of pace pitch then real weapon right now. Slider is decent, not a ton of movement. Commands all pitches well. Needs his slider to develop to become a useful starter. Pitch to contact guy at present, no real strike out pitch. Most likely a bullpen role, could be a sneaky solid 4/5 starter.

What you personally like about him: He’s very polished and can be a quick mover in the system if his slider develops. Although he has limited upside, his command of all 3 pitches means he can be potentially be a useful pitcher down the road. Fastball-changeup guys with command can succeed in the big leagues. Good pitcher’s build at 6’3″ 175 lbs.

Fun Fact: Based on his twitter, sour patch kids are his favorite candy.

13. Zach Houchins

6’2″ 185 lbs.
East Carolina
22 years old
Position: 3B
R/R

Where he will start: Orem Owlz

What we personally like about him: Depth.

Fun Fact: Should probably delete his twitter account

14. Justin Anderson

Height/Weight: 6’3”/190lbs
School: University of Texas at San Antonio
DOB/Age: 9/29/92 (22)
Position: RHP
Bats/Throws: L/R

What Level We Think He Starts In: A Ball

What We Personally Like About Him: I like his make up and high ceiling. He has the ability to strike guys out and was named all C-USA honors in his junior season at San Antonio.

Fun Fact: Anderson also hit well in the minors in his 2012 season when he was a freshman putting up a .324 average for the season as a Roadrunner.

15. Greg Mahle

Height/Weight: 6’2”/230lbs
School: UC Santa Barbara
DOB/Age: 4/17/93 (21)
Position: LHP
Bats/Throws: L/L

What Level We Think He Starts At: Rookie/A Ball

What We Personally Like About Him: Primarily a reliever for the UCBD Gauchos, Mahle had a strong season last year in posting a 2.79 ERA in 70 innings pitched. He did put up strong strikeout numbers and allowed just one home run the entire season.

Fun Fact: Mahle grew up in Westminster, California and grew up cheering on LA’s many sports teams.

16: Blaine Prescott 

Height/Weight: 5’10” 175 lbs
School: Midland College(TX J1)
Age: 18
Position: 2B
BAT/THROW: R/R

What level we think he starts in: Orem

What experts say about him : Young for a J1 kid, doesn’t turn 19 until July. Sneaky power for a guy his size, had 34 extra base hits in 65 games, including 13 triples. Athletic kid, stole 27 bases in 29 attempts. Showed a solid hit tool in 2014, had a .375 average. Has some swing and miss in his game, struck out 46 times in 290 plate appearances. Only walked 19 times in 65 games, will need to work on his approach at the plate. Defensive reports have him as a decent defender but his athleticism should allow him to develop in that area

What you personally like about him: The power/speed combo is nice, especially from a middle infielder picked at his spot. While he didn’t display good strikeout and walk numbers, he’s a young kid who displayed a solid hit tool. He could be sneaky good value in the teen rounds. He has a long developmental path ahead of him so patience will be needed, but Prescott could be another good 2B to come through the Angels system.

Fun Fact: His 13 triples were the 3rd most in J1 baseball.

17. Ryan Seiz

Height/Weight: 6’1”/227
School: Liberty
Age: 22
Position: 3B/2B/1B
BAT/THROW: S/R
What level we think he starts in: Rookie Ball

What experts say about him: Good bat that flashes an average hit tool with slightly above-average power potential. Defense profiles as below average and he will probably move to first-base in the future, with the possibility of him becoming a DH. Quick to the big leagues with a high floor, moderate ceiling.

What you personally like about him: The swing creates a ton of power in batting practice and it’s possible that it continues into the game. Big South Conference player of the year, hitting .351 with 12 homeruns. Strong build; durable. With the help of Alfredo Griffin, Bobby Knoop and company, could become a super utility guy.

Fun Fact: Per his Twitter, he’s a self-proclaimed “Gym Class Hero”

18. Austin Robichaux

6’6″ 170 lbs.
University of Louisiana-Lafayette
21 years old
Position: SP
R/R

What level we think he starts in: Orem Owlz

What experts say about him:
MLB.comAustin Robichaux fills the strike zone with three average pitches. He throws his sinker at 88-93 mph, his curveball in the mid-70s and his changeup in the low 80s. On any given day, any of his offerings can be his best weapon. Though Robichaux has advanced feel for pitching, there are some concerns.”

What you personally like about him:
I was able to watch Robichaux when he pitched against another Angels draftee Chris Ellis. I could live with the velocity, which sat 90-92, the change had nice arm-side run, the curve needs consistency to be an average pitch. One thing I noticed was he changed his delivery mid game, throwing across his body, if you taught him a slider and kept that delivery he’d be a great arm in the pen. Then again, you can always work out the delivery issues in rookie ball. As of right now, I’d put Robichaux’s ceiling as a 5th starter.

20. Kyle Martin

6’2″ 225 lbs.
South Carolina
21 years old
Position: 1B
L/L

What level we think he starts in: N/A

What you personally like about him: Martin is getting his college degree, as he’s going back to South Carolina yo bring back a College World Series title to the school for his Senior year.

 


 

Rounds 21-30

 

22. Adam McCreery
Height/Weight: 6’8”/250
School: Azusa Pacific
Age: 21
Position: SP
BAT/THROW: L/L

What level we think he starts in: Rookie Ball
What experts say about him: Big bodied, durable starter. Aside from that, he seems like a complete project. Fastball sits in the upper 80s, curveball is nothing to write home about. Mechanics aren’t too bad but his delivery is choppy.
What you personally like about him: I don’t really mind the curveball as much as scouts do. It has some decent bite to it. I think a move to the bullpen would be helpful, bumping his high 80s fastball to the low 90s.
Fun Fact: Played 2 years at ASU before transferring to Azusa Pacific

23. Zach Verela

Height/Weight: 6’2”/220lbs

DOB: 8/19/1992

School: University of California Riverside

Position: RHP

Bats/Throws: R/R

Where He Will Start: Varela should start in Rookie Ball if the Angels can sign him.

 What We Like About Him: Zach Varela is a big, strong right-handed pitcher that can hit up to 92 with his fastball on his best days. He also does a good job of keeping the ball on the ground, as he did not allow any home runs in 2014 for the UCR Highlanders. As of now his fastball is his greatest strength, and it should develop nicely as he gets more experience facing better hitters in the minors.

Fun Fact: He is a native of Lake Elsinore, California, about a 30 minute drive to Angel Stadium.

24. Eason Spivey

DOB: 5/16/1992
School: North Georgia College
Bats/Throws: R/R
Position: C
Height/Weight: 6’1”/ 205lbs

Where He Will Start: Rookie Ball

What We Like About Him: Spivey is defense-first catcher at this point with the potential to carry a strong bat. Where Spivey really shines was in his defensive ability, where he threw out 14 runners and had a .981 fielding percentage.

Fun Fact: Grew up rooting for Chipper Jones and cheering on the Atlanta Braves.

25. Tyler Carpenter
6’5″ 225lbs
Georgia Gwinnett College (GA)
22 years old
Position: SP
R/R

What level we think he starts in: Orem Owlz
What experts say about him:
What we personally like about him: Displayed excellent control as he only gave up 16 walks in 103.2 innings, and also gave up no home runs. He also had a 8.51 K/9.
Fun Fact: His father, George, competed at collegiate rifling and swimming.

26. James Mark Connell
6’1″ 205lbs
Kennesaw State (GA)
23 years old
Position: RP
R/R

What level we think he starts in: Orem Owlz
What experts say about him:
What we personally like about him: Low three-quarters arm slot; he likes to be efficient and pitch to contact, though he had a 12.64 K/9 in 47 innings in 2014
Fun Fact: Cousin of former Cincinnati Reds outfielder Dernell Stenson

27. Cody Lavalli
6’4″ 205lbs
Lewis-Clark State College (ID)
22 years old
Position: RF
R/R
What level we think he starts in: Orem Owlz
What experts say about him:
What we personally like about him: Showed great contact (.361 AVG), power (led team with 13 HR and .639 SLG), and on-base ability (.459 OBP).
Fun Fact: One of his listed hobbies is studying volcanic rock

28. Jordan Piche
6’1″ 180lbs
University of Kansas (KS)
22 years old
Position: RP
R/R

What level we think he starts in: Orem Owlz
What experts say about him:
What we personally like about him: According to Kansas’ pitching coach, Piche’ is “an 88-90 strike-thrower, completely controls his emotions and demeanor on the mound, and has an outstanding slider.”
Fun Fact: Member of the National Honor Society, and also lettered in golf in high school.
29. Alex Klonowski
6’4″ 195lbs
Northern Illinois University (IL)
22 years old
Position: SP
R/R
What level we think he starts in: AZL Angels
What experts say about him:
What we personally like about him: Strike-thrower and hard-working.
Fun Fact: Had a 4.0 GPA in high school and was a member of National Honor Society and National Association of Scholars.

30. Ronnie Muck
6’0″ 195lbs
University of Illinois (IL)
22 years old
Position: SP
R/R

Starting Level: Likely Orem (Rookie), but could quickly work his way up to Burlington (Low-A)

What you personally like about him: Reliable, hard-working reliever. Uses his cutter as his go-to out pitch.

Fun Fact: He’s a DJ in his spare time, known as DJ R3GOSUAVE (first part pronounced ‘Ree-go’)

 


 

Rounds 31-40

31.  Nick Wagner

6’3″ 220lbs
Cal State Dominguez Hills
23 years old
Position: RP
R/R

Starting Level: Likely Burlington (Low-A)

What you personally like about him: Head coach said Wagner “has the fastball velocity with breaking balls and change-up action that could move him through the minor leagues quickly.” Has been described as a flamethrower with a nasty curveball.

Fun Fact: Very active in community service, which includes building houses in Tijuana and feeding the hungry on Thanksgiving

32. Kholeton Sanchez

6’0″ 185lbs
New Mexico JC
20 years old
Position: C
R/R

Starting Level: AZL Angels (Rookie)

What you personally like about him: Pretty good contact hitter, who has some decent power potential. Didn’t strikeout much, but didn’t walk much either. According to a Baseball America report in 2012 (coming out of high school), he has “plus speed; good defensive tools; questionable bat”

Fun Fact: In high school, he earned two gold gloves, was a two-time district first team honoree, and earned one all state honors.

33. Jake Peterson

6’4″ 205lbs
California Lutheran University
23 years old
Position: SP

L/L

Starting Level: Burlington (Low-A), if there’s room on roster

What you personally like about him: Showed good durability as he had four complete game this year (one of which was an 8-inning complete game loss). Posted decent strikeout rate (7.7 K/9) and walk rate (2.36 BB/9)

Fun Fact: In his hobbies/special talents, he listed “playing guitar, drawing and sarcasm.” He also sport an epic beard.

34. Jose Rodriguez
Height/Weight: 5’11”/163
School: International Baseball Academy, Puerto Rico
Age: 18
Position: SS
BAT/THROW: R/R

What level we think he starts in: Arizona League
What experts say about him: Long swing, has a long way to go with the bat. Decent eye at the plate for an 18-year-old. Very advanced feel and instincts defensively, with soft hands and a solid arm.
What you personally like about him: I’m just going off one scouting video here but his defense looks really good. Great first step, quick arm. Projectable body.
Fun Fact: N/A

35. Caleb Wallingford

6’4″ 200lbs
University of Memphis
21 years old
Position: SP
L/L

Starting Level: Likely Orem (Rookie)

What we personally like about him: Has good command of his fastball, curveball, and change-up.

Fun Fact: In high school, he lettered in football (quarterback) and basketball (forward) three years each.

36. Brandon Gildea

6’0″ 205lbs
Westmont College
21 years old
Position: C
R/R

Starting Level: Orem or AZL Angels (Rookie), depending on roster space

What we personally like about him
: Above-average bat with decent power. He hit .387 and had a school-record 87 hits for the year. His primarily a catcher, but has experience at third base.

Fun Fact: Two-time All-Golden State Athletic Conference selection

37. Fran Whitten

6’4″ 230lbs
Saint Leo University
23 years old
Position: 1B
L/R

Starting Level
: Orem (Rookie)

What we personally like about him: Showed above-average contact, power, and discipline. His primarily a first baseman, but has had experience in the past at catcher.

Fun Fact: Also played soccer and basketball in high school.

38. Tyler Watson

5’11” 160lbs
McLennan CC
21 years old
Position: SP
L/L

Starting Level: AZL Angels (Rookie)

What we personally like about him: Gave up a lot of hits (31 hits in 23 IP), but showed good strikeout potential with a 4.00 K/BB and 9.39 K/9

Fun Fact: Was selected to Team Texas in high school, and was team MVP
39. Patrick Armstrong
6’1″ 210lbs
UNLV
22 years old
Position: 1B
R/R

Starting Level: Orem (Rookie)

What we personally like about him: He’s a good contact hitter with some power potential, but shows future problems with discipline with his low walk rate and high strikeout rate. Drafted as an outfielder, but was primarily a first baseman.

Fun Fact
: His father, Mark, played baseball for University of Maine and was part of the team that reached the College World Series in 1976. He also played with his younger brother, Joey, at UNLV

40. Eric Alonzo

6’2″ 210lbs
Georgia Southern
22 years old
Position: SP
R/R

Starting Level: AZL Angels (Rookie)

What we personally like about him: Gave up a lot of hits (58 hits in 52.1). He did limit walks a bit (2.75 BB/9) and had a decent strikeout rate (7.22 K/9).

Fun Fact: Along with pitching, he played catcher and first base in high school

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