• Full name Samuel Vincent Demel
  • Born 10/23/1985 in Channelview, TX
  • Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 210 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Texas Christian
  • Debut 06/16/2010
  • Drafted in the 3rd round (120th overall) by the Oakland Athletics in 2007 (signed for $238,500).
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    Demel broke Josh Beckett's single-season strikeout record with 188 at Spring (Texas) High, and he has set the career saves mark at Texas Christian. He also has enjoyed success as a starter for the Horned Frogs, but pro teams project him as a reliever because he's small (6 feet, 185 pounds) and has a lot of violence in his delivery. That max-effort approach does produce nasty stuff, however. Demel has a 92-94 mph fastball that can touch 96, and it has armside run. His slider may be his best pitch, though at times he'll rely on it too much. He also has a changeup that drops off at the plate, giving him a weapon against lefthanders. While his mechanics make scouts cringe, Demel never has had arm problems. He figures to go between the second and fourth rounds, and a team coveting a nearly ready reliever could make him a supplemental first-rounder.

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