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The run on pitching continues. Twins take prep lefthander

  • Blog Post by: La Velle E. Neal III
  • June 5, 2012 - 2:22 PM

The Twins have selected lefthander Andre Martinez from Archbishop McCarthy High in Southwest Ranches, Fla, He's the seventh pitcher selected by the Twins in this draft.

We're at the point in the draft where high school players might opt to go to college instead of signing with teams. Clubs used to have the flexibility to buy prospects out of their college commitments. With the new system in place, teams won't risk being fined for going over their draft budget. We'll see if that comes into play with Martinez, who has committed to Florida State.

Martinez was part of a loaded Archbishop McCarthy team that won three state championships. He did his part, going 36-6 in his prep career (including a win in the state title game this year), and the Florida State signee had some helium late. He's a 6-foot lefty with makeup, an above-average curveball, feel for a changeup and a fastball that is fairly true from his high arm slot but that was scraping the low 90s late in the season. Mostly, Martinez pitches in the mid-to-upper 80s. Scouts like his deception and downhill plane on the fastball, which hitters don't square up despite often pedestrian velocity.

 

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