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Wardell Starling, rhp-of

School: Elkins HS Class: Sr.
Hometown: Missouri City, Texas.
B-T: R-R Ht.: 6-4 Wt.: 200 Birthdate: 3/14/83
College Commitment: San Diego State.
Scouting Report: As much as any two-way prospect, Starling produces a split among scouts whether he should pursue pitching or hitting as a pro. He rates slightly higher as a pitcher, thanks to a fastball that reaches 95 mph and shows outstanding life at times, as well as an advanced changeup for a high school pitcher. As an outfielder, he offers huge power potential—he homered off a 94 mph fastball from fireballing Mark McCormick this spring—and a plus arm and speed. First and foremost he's a 6-foot-4, 200-pound athlete who also starred as a wide receiver in football. Keeping him out of the first round are his inconsistency and his approach. He doesn't have much of a breaking ball and doesn't repeat his delivery, making him more thrower than pitcher at this point. At the plate, he has a long swing and doesn't have eye-grabbing bat speed. As a result, he'll be great one game and disappointing the next. Starling's lackadaisical attitude also turns some team off. He expressed interest in playing college football and drew no interest, and he didn't sign to play baseball at San Diego State until April.

2002 Statistics

AVG

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

.412

97

40

40

8

3

6

35

10

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