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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Tyler Chatwood (Credit: Larry Goren)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Tyler Chatwood
School:Redlands East Valley HS (Calif.)
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:175 lbs.
Report Date(s):02/10/08
Game(s):Urban Youth Academy Showcase

Focus Area
Fastball:Chatwood topped out at 94 mph at the showcase.
Fastball movement:It has some movement down in the zone with a little cutting or running action.
Curve:Probably his best pitch, Chatwood's curve has a two-plane break with downward action. It fools hitters because it changes their eye level.
Changeup:He didn't throw many in his one inning of work -- he was mostly fastball/curve -- but what he did throw was in the 80-82 mph range.
Control:He commanded his pitches well down in the zone and hit his spots. He had average to plus command in his one inning.
Physical Description:A multi-talented player who is very athletic, Chatwood is a bit undersized as a pitcher.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Arm strength and his curve. He's got two quality pitches to show hitters. Command of both pitches is good for a high school pitcher.
Weaknesses:Because he plays multiple positions, he hasn't thrown enough innings to get a good sense of what he has. A commitment to pitching would improve him on the mound -- two-way play takes away advancement. He'll also have to command a third pitch to be a starter. Size will be an issue; he's not the prototypical prep pitcher.
Summary:Chatwood is an intriguing athlete and pitcher. Some see him on the mound and some see him as a super-utility type. He does have command of two good pitches, though his size could keep some from being too interested. How he progresses on the mound could determine when he gets drafted.