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Craig Italiano

RHP | PadresSD
Craig Italiano
Name: Thomas Craig Italiano
Born: Jul 22, 1986 in Cleveland, Ohio USA
High School: Flower Mound (Texas) HS
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 215 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
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Drafted in the 2nd round (53rd overall) by the Oakland Athletics in 2005 (signed for $725,500)
Flower Mound is loaded with pitching prospects, including Paul Kelly, Jordan Meaker and Brandon Gaviglio, but it all starts with Italiano, who has lit up radar guns more consistently than anyone in the nation this spring. He has pitched in the mid-90s and touched 97-98 mph on several occasions. "He has thrown bullets every time out," one scouting director says. Italiano also has improved his breaking ball, taking it from a slurve to more of a true slider. He has drawn comparisons to Brad Lidge, and Italiano's future may be in the bullpen because teams worry about his delivery and durability. He short-arms the ball and throws with a lot of effort, and the consensus is that whoever drafts him will have to let him keep pitching that way. Italiano had elbow problems in the past and missed a mid-April start with shoulder inflammation. He pitched well after returning, finishing his season with a shutout in the Texas 5-A playoffs, Flower Mound's lone win in a three-game series.
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