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Dalton Sawyer

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Dalton Sawyer
Name: Dalton James Sawyer
Born: Nov 22, 1993 in Waconia, MN
College: Minnesota
High School: Waconia (Minn.) HS
Ht.: 6'5" / Wt.: 210 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 9th round (262nd overall) by the Oakland Athletics in 2016 (signed for $45,000)
Before Sawyer's college career really got started, it was almost over. He was involved in a serious car accident in June 2013 while pitching in the Northwoods League that left him with a concussion, collapsed lung and a broken rib. Thankfully he made a full recovery and returned to the Northwoods League the next summer, although this time against his coaches' recommendations. The 6-foot-5 lefthander ended up battling a tired arm during his junior year as he lost his starting job. The Twins drafted Sawyer in the 27th round but he did not sign. He's pitched much better in his return to Minnesota, helping lead the Gopher to the regular season Big 10 title as the club's ace. Pitching from a very closed setup and a lower arm-slot, Sawyer has a fluid delivery, although with some effort and a long arm action in the back. He battles his delivery at times as his control wavers. He will quick-pitch on occasion to try to mess with hitters and he holds runners well. Sawyer can dominate when he's locating thanks to a 90-93 mph fastball that will touch a little higher, an average low-80s slider and a fringe-average 80-81 mph changeup with some drop. Sawyer's career has had ups and downs and his control is still a concern, but as a big lefty with solid stuff and success, he will be quickly drafted as a senior sign.
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