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A 6-foot-5, 215-pound righthander, Sperling had a strong start to the season in Virginia's starting rotation, with 40 strikeouts to 12 walks through his first five starts and 26.2 innings. That stretch was highlighted by a 12-strikeout game at Duke on March 10. Sperling missed all of April and part of May with a strained forearm and a banged up knee before returning to the mound in relief capacity on May 15. Sperling relies on funk and deception more than overpowering stuff, with below-average fastball that sits in the 85-90 mph range, but he's been up to 92-93 at times. His changeup is ahead of his breaking ball presently, so he'll need to improve that offering to survive in pro ball.