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Jon Switzer, lhp
Arizona State


An 11-game winner as a sophomore and a success last summer with Team USA, Switzer struggled to be a .500 pitcher this spring. He lost his spot as Arizona State's No. 1 starter after a string of starts in which he didn't get beyond the fifth inning. All the attention and pressure that accompanies a potential first-round pick--and a drop in velocity to 88-91 mph--affected Switzer's performance. He still made progress in a number of areas. He added a splitter and slider to give him a third and fourth pitch, and the location of his pitches generally was better. In the final analysis, he has a lot of selling points: he's lefthanded with a fastball that has been clocked as high as 93 mph and has big-game experience with Team USA.

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