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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Brad Hand (Credit: Michael J. Much)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Brad Hand
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Chaska HS (Minn.)
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:185 lbs.
Report Date(s):04/30/08
Game(s):Eden Prairie HS

Focus Area
Fastball:Hand's fastball registered anywhere from 89-94 mph.
Fastball movement:He's a lefty, so there's some movement.
Curve:It's a separator for him, a power breaking ball that works well.
Control:Problems with his delivery lead to inconsistent command.
Poise:He's pretty competitive on the mound.
Physical Description:Hand has a good body and is fairly physically mature. There's not much physical upside and while he's strong, there's not much looseness to his actions.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:A good body and overall strength; two at-least average pitches.
Weaknesses:He's just a two-pitch guy and he's more of a thrower right now than a pitcher. He's got some issues with his delivery
Summary:Hand, in scouting parlance, has had some helium as the spring unfolded. A strong southpaw who's more of a thrower than a pitcher right now, he does have a pretty good heater and an excellent curve. His delivery will need some work, but there's plenty of room for improvement once he can find some repeatable mechanics. In a fairly weak high school class, a southpaw with an arm like his is bound to get plenty of attention.