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Foster Griffin

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Foster Griffin
Name: Fred Foster Griffin
Born: Jul 27, 1995 in Orlando, FL
High School: The First Academy, Orlando
Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 220 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: L
Drafted in the 1st round (28th overall) by the Kansas City Royals in 2014 (signed for $1,925,000)
A year after Marlins unsigned third-rounder Ben DeLuzio became the highest-drafted player in The First Academy's (Orlando) history, Griffin is positioned to grab that title. Griffin teamed with Adam Haseley to form the top duo of senior lefthanders in the country. They led The First Academy to a championship at the National High School Invitational in March, tossing shutouts and hitting over .500 for the event in frigid conditions. Griffin presents a nice blend of present stuff, strike-throwing ability and projection. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder has an ideal pitcher's build that is made to handle innings and has drawn physical comparisons to Cole Hamels. His fastball sits 88-92 mph, touching 94 with glove-side run and downhill plane, and he's capable of getting his fastball under the hands of righthanded hitters. He has advanced feel for an above-average changeup. His curveball has improved and shows enough spin to project as at least an average offering. The Mississippi commit is a strike-thrower who can command his fastball to both sides of the plate. He is the son of a former professional golfer, Fred, and is old for the class.
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