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Justin Hooper

#27 | LHP | RoyalsKC
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Justin Hooper
Name: Justin Michael Hooper
Born: Oct 21, 1996 in San Mateo, Calif. USA
High School: De La Salle HS, Concord, Calif.
College: UCLA
Ht.: 6'8" / Wt.: 238 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: L
Drafted in the 14th round (409th overall) by the Kansas City Royals in 2019 (signed for $125,000)
A 25th-round pick of the Brewers out of high school in 2015, Hooper projected as a potential high pick out of UCLA in 2018 before having Tommy John surgery that January. He missed all of the 2018 season and made just one relief appearance for the Bruins in 2019. The 6-foot-8, 238-pound Hooper flashed mid-90s velocity in the past, but he dropped to 88-91 mph in his last extended showing in the Cape Cod League to improve his below-average control. At that velocity he was able to throw his fastball for strikes to both sides of the plate, and his changeup was effective against both righties and lefties. His slider remains inconsistent. Hooper's stuff is a bit of a question mark post-surgery, but he's a big lefthander with pedigree and is on teams' radars.
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