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David Purcey

LHP | White SoxCWS
David Purcey
Name: David Kent Purcey
Born: Apr 22, 1982 in St. Charles, Ill. USA
High School: Trinity Christian HS, Addison, Texas
College: Oklahoma
Ht.: 6'5" / Wt.: 245 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
 IPERAWHIPBB/9SO/9
Career756.14.121.414.438.82
Drafted in the 1st round (16th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2004 (signed for $1,600,000)
Purcey came down with draftitis as a high school senior in 2001 and against as a draft-eligible sophomore in 2003. He tried to overthrow at the beginning of last season, then started aiming his pitches and wound up in the bullpen. Though he's a 6-foot-5, 240-pound lefthander with a 90-95 mph fastball, he earned a reputation as a one-pitch pitcher who lacked consistency. Purcey started to shed that tag last summer in the Cape Cod League, causing the Yankees to make a late run at signing him as their 17th-round pick. He turned them down, which will pay off in a big way when he's drafted in the first round this June. Purcey still has the big fastball, and now he can hit both sides of the plate with it. His curveball and overall command are much improved, if still inconsistent. He also has answered questions about his mental toughness by showing first-round stuff every time out this spring. He's a vastly better pitcher in 2004, and Purcey has the best pure arm among lefthanders in the draft.
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