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Stephen Tarpley

#36 | LHP
Long Island Ducks
Stephen Tarpley
Name: Stephen Nicholas Tarpley
Born: Feb 17, 1993 in Gilbert, AZ
High School: Gilbert (Ariz.) HS
Junior College: Scottsdale (Ariz.) JC
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 235 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: L
Drafted in the 3rd round (98th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles in 2013 (signed for $525,500)
Tarpley could be the third Gilbert (Ariz.) High graduate to get drafted in 2013, joining D.J. and Dustin Peterson. Tarpley was an Indians eighth-round pick out of Gilbert in 2011, choosing instead to go to Southern California. He made 13 starts as a freshman and went 5-3, 3.22 in 78 innings, but he transferred to Scottsdale so he would be eligible for the 2013 draft. Early in the season for the Fighting Artichokes, Tarpley was sitting at 92-93 mph with his fastball, topping out at 95. But he has a thin, 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame and seemed to wear down later in the season, when his fastball was more in the 88-90 mph range, topping out at 92. He also throws a curveball, slider and changeup. Tarpley can be stiff on his front side, which elevates his fastball and makes it difficult to get on top of his breaking balls. Athletic lefthanders who touch 95 don't typically last long in the draft, and Tarpley could go as high as the second round.
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