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Jeremy Sowers, lhp
Ballard HS, Louisville


Slightly built at 6 feet and 160 pounds, Sowers was the most dominating high school pitcher in the country over the last two years. He went 13-0 in 2000 while allowing only two earned runs. This season, he was 7-0, 0.25 through his first 56 innings, with 109 strikeouts and seven walks. In a duel this spring with crosstown rival Butler and Travis Foley, the state's second-best prospect, the two went toe-to-toe for nine innings and were lifted with the game knotted at 0-0. At the time, Sowers had 20 strikeouts, Foley 16. Both had allowed one hit and received a standing ovation from attending scouts. Ballard went on to win the game 3-0 in 11 innings and is among the nation's top high school teams. Sowers is a bright kid with a calm, cool mound presence, and he's a master at his craft. His fastball has jumped 2-3 mph every year in high school, up to 90-91 mph this spring with a high of 94. He complements it with an outstanding 12-to-6 curve and a plus changeup. He has command of all three pitches. Despite his small frame, several teams consider Sowers the best lefty in the nation. He has an almost unwavering commitment to Vanderbilt. His stepfather, a doctor, wants him to go to school, no matter what his signing bonus may be. Sowers' twin brother Josh, who pitches and plays shortstop on the same team, has committed to Yale.

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