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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Brett Mooneyham (Credit: Marci Stenberg)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Brett Mooneyham
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Buhach Colony HS (Calif.)
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Birthdate:01/24/90
Height:6'5"
Weight:215 lbs.
Bats:Left
Throws:Left
Report Date(s):04/17/08
Game(s):Pitman High School


Focus Area
Comments
Fastball:Mooneyham threw his fastball in the 90-94 mph range.
Fastball movement:It has a little run and life; when it's down in the zone it can be explosive.
Curve:He throws it 70-73 mph. He has to slow down his arm action in order to throw it.
Slider:This breaking ball is a little more natural for him, with a faster arm action. He throws it 77-79 mph. There's not much differentiating his curve from his slider, but this is the one he should go with.
Changeup:He doesn't use it in games, but it should be an average pitch in the future.
Control:He can be all over the place and kind of wild. He loses control of the strike zone. He's cut down on how long the wildness streaks last, but there's still a question of what kind of feel he can develop.
Poise:At times, he can appear baffled on the mound during wildness streaks. Even though his dad pitched in the big leagues, he doesn't pitch like he's got that kind of feel for the game.
Physical Description:Mooneyham is a big, strong and powerful left-hander.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Good body, excellent raw stuff and arm strength.
Weaknesses:Command. There's some question as to whether he's mentally prepared for the pro game.
Summary:A big, imposing lefty with the potential to have some plus stuff is always interesting, but Mooneyham's lack of command may cause some to pause. He's got serious arm strength and should develop three average or above offerings in the future. The combination of wildness, a concern over whether he's mentally ready to make the leap to pro ball, a commitment to Stanford and having Scott Boras as an advisor all make Mooneyham a bit of a wild card for Draft day.