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Aug 08, 2003 - Aug 10, 2003   Gold
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University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC
Blake Martin
LHP 1B, OF 6-3 170   S/L

FB
87
60
40
OF
IF
1B
C
Pop
Range
87
CB
74
SL
CH
78
Split
Knuckle
Exit Velo
Distance
Although Martin only threw 85-87 mph from the left side, his deception and arm speed made him look like the fastest pitcher at the Showcase. He has a very quick arm and a somewhat unconventional arm stroke, stopping his hand high in back, that hides the ball well and plays havok with the hitter’s timing. Once the 6-3, 170 lb southpaw learns how to use his lower half better in his delivery, we could see a big leap in his velocity and we’ve heard that he’ll occasionally scratch 90 now. Martin’s best off speed pitch is a 78 mph change up that had good deception. His curveball is 72 mph with a short, slider type break. This kid is very good and his best years are still in the future. Might get some serious draft interest now, but he could end up being a very early pick out of college. Blake is an excellent student.
PG Grade 8.5