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Matt Stites

RHP | DiamondbacksARI
Matt Stites
Name: Matthew Steven Stites
Born: May 28, 1990 in Festus, Mo. USA
College: Missouri
Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 205 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
 IPERAWHIPBB/9SO/9
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Drafted in the 17th round (533rd overall) by the San Diego Padres in 2011
It's easy to underestimate Stites because of his size, generously listed at 6 feet and 181 pounds, but he keeps proving himself. He was the ace at Jefferson (Mo.) CC for two years, held his own in the Cape Cod League last summer and has been Missouri's most effective starter in his first season with the Tigers. Stites succeeds with quality stuff, using his quick-twitch athleticism and fast arm to consistently pitch at 90-93 mph and peak at 95. His size does cost him some plane on his fastball, which can get straight and sit up in the zone, but he pitches off it well. His slider gives him a reliable second pitch, and he mixes in a curveball and changeup. Stites competes well and has a resilient arm, which along with his size and fastball/slider combo probably will lead to a pro career as a reliever. He turned down the Cubs as a 33rd-round pick last year.
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