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Robert Stiehl

Robert Stiehl
Name: Robert Stewart Stiehl
Born: Dec 9, 1980 in New Orleans, La. USA
High School: West Torrance HS, Torrance, Calif.
College: El Camino (Calif.) JC
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 215 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (27th overall) by the Houston Astros in 2000 (signed for $1,250,000)
Could Stiehl be the second coming of Troy Percival? More than 80 scouts who saw him make his first start of the season in late April think so, after clocking him at 97 mph. Stiehl was almost exclusively a catcher until this year, when he began closing games for his junior college team. He often caught the first eight innings of a game and pitched the ninth. Because he has minimal experience on the mound and lacks a second pitch, he is a high-risk pick but would be attractive to a team with extra picks, like the Angels. The Angels drafted Percival 10 years ago as a catcher and converted him to take advantage of his superior arm strength.
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