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Josh Karp, rhp
UCLA


The sky's the limit for Karp. He has a prototype pitcher's body (6-foot-5, 195 pounds) and three quality pitches: a 91-94 mph fastball, an outstanding changeup (his best pitch) and a solid curveball. But through high school, Team USA and three years at UCLA, he has shown only flashes of fulfilling his considerable potential. He didn't make the progress this spring that scouts were hoping to see. He either came out of games early because of pitch counts or missed starts with minor injuries. Unlike the other top college pitching prospects, he didn't attack hitters with his fastball often enough. Rarely did Karp pitch with a game on the line, which is a key part of the learning experience for a pitcher. "It's like he was saving his tank," one scout remarked. For his lack of dominance in college, scouts expect Karp to turn it up a notch and dominate against the wood bats he'll see in the pro ranks.

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