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Mike Esposito, rhp

School: Arizona State U. Class: So.
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nev.
B-T: R-R Ht.: 6-0 Wt.: 185 Birthdate: 9/27/81
Previously Drafted: Reds '99 (5th round).
Scouting Report: The 6-foot, 185-pound Esposito was drafted in the fifth round out of a Las Vegas high school in 1999 and has struggled living up to the pick. Most of his struggles have been health-related. Tommy John surgery sidelined him after two appearances as a freshman in 2000, and he hasn't been 100 percent healthy since. He battled arm soreness almost on a weekly basis this season in rolling up an 8-5, 3.21 record with 85 strikeouts in 85 innings. Some starts were outstanding, some less so, and his overall performance left scouts scratching their heads. When he's on top of his game, such as when he struck out 17 in a Pac-10 game against Washington, Esposito has three pitches working. His fastball ranges 89-92 mph with a high of 94, and he has a big hammer curve and a lively changeup. When it's not working, he loses the command and velocity on his fastball. Through it all, Esposito has shown a great feel for his craft. Most teams view him as a third-rounder, with a couple that like him enough to spring him by the second round.

2002 Statistics

W

L

ERA

G

SV

IP

H

BB

SO

9

5

3.47

16

0

96

96

31

93

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