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Rob Henkel, lhp
UCLA


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Henkel surged into the first round at midseason when he struck out 16, 16 and 18 batters in consecutive starts. Through 79 innings, he had struck out 121--a nine-inning rate of 14.4, second best in Division I. Henkel's pace slowed as he got into the heart of the Pacific-10 Conference schedule, raising questions about his durability. He didn't pitch last year as he recovered from Tommy John surgery. Henkel has three above-average pitches, including a sharp knuckle-curve that's one of the best breaking pitches in the draft. His fastball was a consistent 90-93 mph before tailing off slightly at the end of the season. Scouts say he's not as polished as Barry Zito, the Southern California lefthander who was picked ninth overall last year, but he has a good feel for his craft and should move quickly.

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