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Jason Neighborgall, rhp

School: Riverside HS, Durham, N.C. Class: Sr.
Hometown: Hillsborough, N.C.
B-T: R-R Ht.: 6-5 Wt.: 190 Birthdate: 12/19/83
College Commitment: Georgia Tech.
Scouting Report: Neighborgall might have the best pure arm in the draft, with stuff that favorably compares to Josh Beckett's. Neighborgall sits at 92-96 mph with his fastball and has pushed 98, and he has a curveball that some consider superior to Beckett's. The pitch overmatched his catcher this spring. One big league team ranks the 6-foot-5, 195-pound righthander the No. 1 prospect in the country. But even with all that going for him, a number of issues could push Neighborgall out of the first round. The most obvious is his association with Scott Boras and word that he wants a deal to rival the $7 million big league contract Beckett got three years ago. Scouts say it's not just money. Neighborgall has a good feel for pitching, but his command has wavered this spring because his mechanics have rough edges. He also missed all of 2001 with a strained back, cause for further concern. If a team doesn't meet Neighborgall's price tag, he'll attend Georgia Tech.

2002 Statistics

W

L

ERA

G

SV

IP

H

BB

SO

7

3

1.35

10

0

52

22

27

93

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