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Tom Eshelman

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Tom Eshelman
Name: Thomas Darwin Eshelman
Born: Jun 20, 1994 in Carlsbad, CA
College: Cal State Fullerton
High School: Carlsbad (Calif.) HS
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 210 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 2nd round (46th overall) by the Houston Astros in 2015 (signed for $1,100,000)
Eshelman was moving up draft boards with a strong late finish that helped Fullerton win the Big West Conference. He's been the team's ace since his freshman year in 2013, sharing that designation at first with fellow Titans righty Justin Garza. But as the 5-foot-10 Garza has battled injuries the last two seasons, including Tommy John surgery in 2015, Eshelman has pushed ahead and could go out on the first day of the draft. Eshelman has a unique profile with no plus pitch but the best command in the class and perhaps some of the best command in draft history. Scouts give him present plus major league command, which is exceedingly rare for an amateur player. He'd walked just 17 in 362 2/3 college innings heading into the NCAA tournament, an incredible 0.42 walks per nine innings over three seasons. Eshelman's stuff is fairly ordinary--an 86-91 mph fastball that tops out at 92-93 but is quite true, a straight changeup and fringe-average curveball that has gotten better this year. But he's durable and efficient and has many similarities to 2007 first-round pick James Simmons out of UC Riverside.
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