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Draft 2008
Draft Central

Daniel Schlereth (Credit: University of Arizona)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Daniel Schlereth
Position:Relief Pitcher
School:University of Arizona
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:210 lbs.
Report Date(s):03/30/08

Focus Area
Fastball:Schlereth was throwing consistently at 93-94 mph.
Fastball movement:It's mostly straight, though sometimes there's a little tail.
Curve:He throws a power curve, 80-82 mph, sometimes up to 84. It's a downer with a little tilt, at times 12-to-6.
Changeup:He has a strong average, at times plus changeup which he throws 79-80 mph.
Control:He's still hit or miss with his command.
Poise:He's got a football mentality and enjoys the back-end relief role.
Physical Description:Schlereth is a compact, strong lefty, kind of like J.C. Romero.
Medical Update:He had Tommy John surgery his senior year of high school. Last year, he missed nearly a month with a rib/oblique injury. He's been healthy this year.
Strengths:Three possible pitches to use; a jump in consistent velocity this year.
Weaknesses:Command. He'll rack up some strikeouts, but he's also going to walk some.
Summary:Schlereth was drafted in the eighth round last year by the A's, but chose to return to Arizona. He's got three decent offerings, though he struggles at times with commanding them. He misses a lot of bats, but he also will pile up walks at times. He's got a football mentality on the mound, courtesy of his father, former NFLer Mark, and could be the kind of left-handed setup man who gets to the bigs quickly.