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Donnie Veal

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Donnie Veal
Name: Donald Tyrone Veal
Born: Sep 18, 1984 in Jackson, Miss. USA
High School: Buena HS, Sierra Vista, Ariz.
College: Pima (Ariz.) JC
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 235 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
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Drafted in the 2nd round (68th overall) by the Chicago Cubs in 2005 (signed for $530,000)
Little righthander Gilbert de la Vara, a 15th-round draft-and-follow of the Royals, was the dominant pitcher on the Pima Community College staff this spring, leading the competitive Arizona junior college ranks with 109 strikeouts and a 1.28 ERA. But scouts showed more interest in Veal, a strapping lefthander whose long arms, imposing body and pitching style evoke a young Vida Blue. Veal's velocity was inconsistent, but his running fastball sat at 94 mph when he was on top of his game, and touched 97. He also threw his curveball with more speed and command than in the past, though it remains a below-average pitch. Veal was one of Arizona's top high school prospects in 2003, when he was drafted by the White Sox, but elected to attend college at Arizona. As a freshman, he didn't pitch because he injured his labrum, didn't throw strikes consistently and generally got lost in the shuffle on a team that advanced to the College World Series. He rebounded with a strong season at Pima, finishing second in the state to de la Vara in strikeouts, with 105, even as he had to endure the death of his mother because of stomach cancer. Projectable and anxious to get his professional career started, Veal projects as a second- or third-rounder.
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