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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Chris Joyce (Credit: Larry Goren)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Chris Joyce
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Dos Pueblos HS (Calif.)
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:195 lbs.
Report Date(s):03/18/08
Game(s):San Marco HS

Focus Area
Fastball:Joyce can throw his fastball anywhere in the 88-93 mph range, though he sits comfortably at 90 mph.
Fastball movement:It has sink, tail and arm-side run.
Curve:He throws it in the 70-74 mph range and he's able to command it down in the zone.
Slider:It's a short, biting slider that he throws 79-84 mph.
Changeup:He throws a split or fork change at 77-83 mph. He can sink it and fade it to the arm side.
Control:He's solid average across the board. At times his fastball command is erratic and he misses high and away to his arm side, but he's got plus command with his other offerings.
Poise:He knows how to pitch and has a bulldog mentality. He goes right after hitters and works quickly.
Physical Description:With a roundish body in a relatively small frame, he isn't the prototypical projectable high school pitcher.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:A four-pitch mix he knows how to use and throw for strikes; a competitive nature on the mound and the ability to work quickly and go right after hitters.
Weaknesses:There's little to no projection; his fastball command sometimes is erratic.
Summary:Don't let the body type fool you. Joyce really knows how to pitch. He's an advanced high school lefty who has four pitches and is willing to throw any of them at any point in the count. He's a bulldog on the mound who goes right after hitters. There may not be much projection, but what's already there is a guy who's already pretty good, the type of high school arm that could move quickly and settle into the back of a rotation.