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Colton Willems

RHP | NationalsWAS
Colton Willems
Name: Colton Kristofer Willems
Born: Jul 30, 1988 in Fort Pierce, Fla. USA
High School: Carroll HS, Fort Pierce, Fla.
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 175 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
 IPERAWHIPBB/9SO/9
Career220.14.001.403.155.35
Drafted in the 1st round (22nd overall) by the Washington Nationals in 2006 (signed for $1,425,000)
Willems surfaced as an elite arm last summer, garnering most valuable pitcher honors at the Cape Cod Classic in July. His velocity spiked this spring, and he came out pitching at 92 mph and bumping 97 in a relief outing. He is compared to Matt Latos, another hard-throwing righthander from southeast Florida, and Willems holds the edge entering the draft because of better makeup and fastball command. Willems pitches off his fastball and spots it to all four quadrants of the strike zone. He has thrown both a curve and a slider, and both pitches are inconsistent. His slider will likely be his best secondary option. His changeup isn't a put-away pitch, but he does have a feel for it. While he's not muscular, he should be able to log innings as a back-of-the-rotation starter. He could be drafted as high as the back of the first round.
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