• Full name Robert Martin Wahl
  • Born 03/21/1992 in Alexandria, VA
  • Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 216 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Mississippi
  • Debut 05/03/2017
  • Drafted in the 5th round (161st overall) by the Oakland Athletics in 2013 (signed for $500,000).
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    A northern Virginia product, Wahl turned down reported $1 million offers in the 2010 draft to attend Mississippi. He established himself as the staff ace the last two seasons, and was the closer for USA Baseball's college national team last summer. Wahl pitches with a 90-94 mph fastball at his best as a starter and hit 97 last summer, and scouts have seen flashes of a plus slider and solid-average changeup with late action. He has battled blister problems all spring and had arm soreness last summer that prompted Team USA to avoid using him on back-to-back nights. His slider has backed up this spring, in part due to the blisters, while his fastball slipped to the 89-92 mph range with an occasional 94. Some scouts blame his diminished velocity on an over-reliance on the slider. Still, Wahl has dominated, going 9-0, 1.21 through 12 starts while limiting opponents to a .178 average. Scouts laud his improved feel and toughness. His competitiveness and pitching savvy have served him well, and if his stuff bounces back, he could be one of the best college starters in this class.

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  • Rated Best Slider in the Oakland Athletics in 2014

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