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Zach Putnam

#56 | RHP
Boston Red Sox Boston Red Sox
Zach Putnam
Name: Steven Zachary Putnam
Born: Jul 3, 1987 in Rochester, Mich. USA
High School: Pioneer (Mich.) HS
College: Michigan
Ht.: 6'2" / Wt.: 220 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
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Drafted in the 5th round (171st overall) by the Cleveland Indians in 2008 (signed for $600,000)
When Putnam is going well, he can be very good. In the NCAA super regionals last June, he no-hit eventual national champion Oregon State for 8 2/3 innings before suffering a 1-0 loss. He'll use five pitches, and they'll all have their moments. His fastball sits at 91-92 mph with heavy sink, and he can get to 95 mph with riding life on a four-seamer. His splitter can be devastating and his slider can hit the mid-80s. He also uses a curveball and changeup. Putnam's mechanics aren't the prettiest--he doesn't incorporate his lower half much and powers through his delivery--but they don't prevent him from throwing strikes. He has been a valuable hitter for Michigan, and he has the arm strength and power to profile as a right fielder at the next level, but pro teams want Putnam on the mound. They just aren't sure exactly what to make of him. His secondary pitches are inconsistent, and shoulder soreness cost him two starts at the beginning of the season. He also showed little desire to pitch or play the field in the Cape Cod League last summer, preferring to DH. Putnam's future is likely as a reliever, though it's also possible that his splitter and slider will become more dependable once he's a full-time pitcher. The Yankees are a possible destination for him with the No. 44 overall pick.
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