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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Andrew Liebel (Credit: Matt Brown)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Andrew Liebel
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Long Beach State University
School Type:College
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:195 lbs.
Report Date(s):04/11/08
Game(s):UC Irvine

Focus Area
Fastball:Liebel threw his fastball 87-91 mph with an overhand arm action.
Fastball movement:There was some tailing life on his fastball.
Slider:He threw it 78-80 mph and it had average bite.
Changeup:Another average offering, he threw it 80-82 mph.
Control:His command grades out as average.
Poise:He competes very well on the mound.
Physical Description:He's tall, lean and athletic, kind of like Kyle Snyder.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Durable frame, competes well with average stuff across the board.
Weaknesses:His stuff is just average across the board; nothing separates him.
Summary:College seniors are always intriguing draftees, largely because they appear to be easier signs, and Liebel could be among the first to hear his name called. Long Beach State's Friday starter has competed well, averaging nearly eight innings per start, despite having just average stuff across the board. He does have a pretty good idea of how to pitch and that, along with his competitive nature, should be enough to get him drafted.