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Matt Durkin

RHP
Matt Durkin
Name: Matthew Nin Durkin
Born: Feb 22, 1983 in San Jose, Calif. USA
College: San Jose State
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 220 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
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Drafted in the 2nd round (44th overall) by the New York Mets in 2004 (signed for $800,000)
An unsigned 10th-round pick in the 2001 draft, Durkin excelled in his first two years at San Jose State, winning 18 games with a 2.72 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of nearly three-to-one. With his track record, the 6-foot-5, 220-pounder looked like a first-round pick. Instead, he pitched erratically, going 8-5, 4.49 with 49 walks and 103 strikeouts in 110 innings, and should fall to the second round, and maybe even the third--though he finished with a flourish, shutting out Hawaii in his last start. Durkin is one of the few college pitchers who can live almost exclusively off his explosive fastball, when he keeps his pitches low in the strike zone. He threw fastballs 85-90 percent of the time and it peaked at 94-95 mph with natural cutting action. When Durkin got his pitches up he got hit hard, and his lack of a quality second pitch proved his undoing. He was also dogged by deep counts, control problems and a lack of offensive support. Durkin tried to throw a slider as a breaking ball, and that didn't work. He had some success with a spike curve, a pitch he used successfully as a freshman. Some scouts say his changeup will be successful against wood bats, especially against lefthanded hitters.
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