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Justin Verlander

#35 | RHP
New York Mets New York Mets
Justin Verlander
Name: Justin Brooks Verlander
Born: Feb 20, 1983 in Manakin-Sabot, VA
High School: Goochland (Va.) HS
College: Old Dominion
Ht.: 6'5" / Wt.: 225 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (2nd overall) by the Detroit Tigers in 2004 (signed for $3,120,000)
Verlander might have the best pure stuff in the draft, and looks like a good bet to go in the first three picks. Dozens of scouts, crosscheckers and scouting directors turned out in mid-April when Verlander faced off against Justin Orenduff, and Verlander was dominant as he punched out 16 batters and flashed consistent mid-90s heat. The dominance continued all spring, with a 7-5, 3.19 record and 145 strikeouts in 99 innings. He broke his own Old Dominion season strikeout record of 139, set last year, and his 421 (and counting) career strikeouts are a school and Colonial Athletic Association record. He has a lean, lanky frame with long arms and legs, and room for added strength. He has a tall, upright delivery with a lighting-quick arm, and a fastball that tops out at 99 mph with hard run and sink. He complements it with a curveball that has good late depth and sharp bite, and a deceptive changeup that has fastball arm speed and late fade and sink. Verlander's biggest obstacle is his lack of command. He rushes his body and lands on a stiff front side as he struggles to repeat his delivery.
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