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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Zach Putnam (Credit: University of Michigan)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Zach Putnam
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:University of Michigan
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:215 lbs.
Report Date(s):03/08/08
Game(s):LeClair Classic

Focus Area
Fastball:Putnam threw his fastball 89-92 mph, but he's been up to 96 mph in the past.
Fastball movement:He has some heavy sink on his fastball.
Slider:It grades out as a Major League average pitch, which he throws 78-79 mph.
Splitter:Perhaps his best pitch, it's a filthy offering that is above average.
Curve:It's more than a show pitch, Putnam throws it 72-74 mph and has some pretty good depth with it.
Changeup:This is a below-average pitch.
Control:Because of some delivery problems, he struggles with his command.
Poise:He's a solid competitor who is very aggressive on the mound.
Physical Description:Putnam has broad shoulders with strong legs and a defined physique. He looks more like a power-hitting position player, which he is as well.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Raw power with the ability to throw as many as four at-least average pitches.
Weaknesses:He doesn't use his lower half on his delivery, dragging his back leg. Everything is upper body and it messes up his command.
Summary:Some see him as a pitcher, others as a hitter. He's got raw power in either spot. On the mound, he's got the potential to throw three to four quality pitches, though he'll have to correct some flaws in his delivery first. Those issues have caused some command issues, though scouts remained intrigued about the potential.