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Ben Diggins, rhp
Arizona


Photo: Larry Goren

Diggins, a draft-eligible sophomore, is one of the biggest enigmas in the draft. He was dominant out of the box and bolted to an 8-0 record, threw 95 mph and showed better command of his fastball and slider than in the past. He was inconsistent in the second half of the season, appearing tired as his performance fell off. Though he finished on a down note, he still was second in the Pac-10 in wins (10) and strikeouts (100). At 6-foot-7 with a body that scouts compare to both Dave Kingman and Dave Winfield, Diggins has enormous untapped potential--both as a hitter and pitcher. He has a live fastball thrown from a crossfire position with little control of his arm action. He also has little sense of a breaking ball, though he continues to try to refine his slider. Just as they were undecided out of high school whether Diggins was more of a pitcher or a hitter, scouts are now trying to decide whether he would be better as a starter or closer. Some worry he may never develop an effective third pitch to be a starter.

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