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Jon Steitz, rhp

Former big leaguer Scott Bradley says Steitz has the best stuff he's seen from an Ivy League pitcher in the four years he has been the coach at Princeton. Yale's John Stuper, another former major leaguer, concurs. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Steitz has a live arm with excellent velocity and movement on all his pitches. He is compared to Orioles righthander Scott Erickson, who once had one of the best sliders in the game. Steitz' fastball has been clocked as high as 94 mph, and an 83-85 mph slider with nasty action is his primary strikeout pitch. He also throws a curve and change. As his 2-4 record this spring shows, he still has a long way to go to master his craft, but he shows flashes of brilliance. He struck out 81 in 64 innings while opponents hit just .204 off him. Still, the 2001 season was his best in an underachieving career at Yale. His greatest improvement came in the command of his pitches. It improved noticeably, and he avoided games with high pitch counts that plagued his development in the past. He had one bad outing all year. Typical of most Northeast pitchers, Steitz has a relatively fresh arm.

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