• Full name Zechariah David Lemond
  • Born 10/09/1992 in Houston, TX
  • Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 170 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Rice
  • Drafted in the 3rd round (86th overall) by the San Diego Padres in 2014 (signed for $600,000).
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    A Houston product, Lemond was an unsigned 50th-round pick of the Pirates in 2011 before staying in town to attend Rice. He struggled with command in a limited role as a freshman but burst into prominence as a sophomore, helping the Owls reach the super-regional round while breaking the school saves record set by David Aardsma and Tony Cingrani. Rice extended Lemond late last season, allowing him to toss 6 2/3 innings during the Conference USA tournament and in a start on three-days' rest against Oregon in the regional final. Lemond opened this year as a reliever and impressed scouts at the Astros College Classic in March, sitting 94-96 mph with a plus curveball in a three-inning stint against Texas Christian. He moved into the rotation the next week to start conference play after staff ace Jordan Stephens had Tommy John surgery, but he left a start April 4 with a sore arm. Lemond pitched in the low-to-mid 90s even as a starter, holding his velocity for five-to-six innings. Lemond's arm action is long, but the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder previously showed the athleticism to repeat his delivery. His injury and arm action likely profiles him as a reliever, and he has the two plus pitches to make an impact out of the bullpen.

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