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Jess Todd
Name: Jesse Ray Todd
Born: Apr 20, 1986 in Longview, TX
College: Arkansas
Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 210 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (82nd overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2007 (signed for $400,000)
Arkansas has a weekend rotation made up of pitchers who could go in the first three rounds of the draft: Nick Schmidt, Duke Welker and Todd. Todd has the best stuff of the trio, starting with a 90-94 mph four-seam fastball and a hard mid-80s slider that ranks as one of the best in the draft. He also throws an upper-80s two-seamer and a circle changeup that acts like a splitter. Todd took a circuitous route to Fayetteville, starting his college career at Texas Tech in the fall of 2004 before transferring to Navarro (Texas) Junior College. After two years at Navarro, he planned on attending Texas, but the Big 12 Conference wouldn't allow him to play for another member school without sitting out a year, so he went to Arkansas. He opened the spring as the Razorbacks' closer, and scouts envision him as a late-inning reliever in pro ball. Todd's size (6 feet, 213 pounds) and violent delivery lend themselves more to that role, though he has shown a deep repertoire, command and durability as a college starter. His competitive nature will help succeed in either capacity.
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