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Luke Putkonen

RHP
Luke Putkonen
Name: Luke Webber Putkonen
Born: May 10, 1986 in Wheaton, Ill. USA
College: North Carolina
Ht.: 6'6" / Wt.: 215 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
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Career48.14.661.533.547.26
Drafted in the 3rd round (121st overall) by the Detroit Tigers in 2007 (signed for $236,000)
Righthander Luke Putkonen's mediocrity this season (despite a 7-1 record, he owned a 4.55 ERA and a .278 opponent average) is a result of a fastball that lacks life. Although he's much taller than Carignan, he doesn't have the same arm speed. Putkonen's fastball has been up to 93 mph, and he pitches near 91. He showed a usable slider in the past, and some scouts gave it positive reviews last year in the Cape Cod League. But this season, he has relied more on a curveball that breaks out of his hand and lacks depth at 76-77 mph. He has a usable changeup at 82-83, but lacks a separating pitch. His control is fine, but he has below-average command, pitching too often in the middle of the plate. He also hasn't shown much ability to make adjustments or the feel for pitching required to get away with his present repertoire against better hitters. A redshirt sophomore, Putkonen had Tommy John surgery that cost him his 2005 season.
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