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|Hawaii's best position prospect is junior third baseman Vinnie Catricala, who has shown an ability to make contact since coming to Hawaii as a freshman out of high school in California, where he was a 50th-round pick of the Indians in 2006. Catricala didn't play last summer, hitting the weight room instead and adding strength to his 6-foot-3 frame. This spring he has shown power to all fields, hitting 13 home runs after he hit just seven in his freshman and sophomore years combined. He has a balanced swing and can catch up to good velocity and hard breaking balls, but struggles when a soft-tosser is on the mound. He's just adequate defensively and a move to a corner outfield position may be in his future.
|When lefthander Sam Spangler showed up at Hawaii, he was a skinny walk-on from New Mexico with a fastball in the 81-83 mph range. He redshirted and committed to the weight room, filled out, learned how to control his body and harnessed his delivery. He stays over the rubber longer, getting good leverage and load on his pitches, and his fastball is now sitting 88-91 and has touched 93. He throws strikes and has a firm curveball that he can locate.