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Rex Brothers (Photo: Lipscomb Athletics)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Rex Brothers
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Lipscomb University
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:205 lbs.
Report Date(s):4/10/09
Game(s):North Florida

Focus Area
Fastball:Brothers' fastball has been as high as 96, maybe even touching 97 mph. He gets swings-and-misses with it
Fastball movement:He's got explosive four-seam life.
Slider:This is a wipeout pitch with very good depth, late and hard. He throws it in the low-to-mid-80s with hard bite. It was a chase pitch in the past. Now he's throwing it for a called strike more.
Changeup:Has one, and will show it between innings and in the bullpen, but he doesn't need it at this level. There's a chance he can develop it later.
Control:Still below-average, but it's improved recently as he's showing a better understanding of how to pitch.
Poise:In the past, he used to just try to throw harder to solve problems. Then, in pressure situations, he'd come out of his delivery and his command would suffer. Now, he seems more mature and has demonstrated an ability to pitch out of trouble.
Physical Description:Brothers is similar to a Mike Stanton type lefty (back when he was an amateur). He's not tall, but he's muscular and has strong legs.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Plus fastball from a quick arm that's a strikeout pitch; above-average breaking ball that he now throws for strikes. He seems to be maturing on the mound.
Weaknesses:No changeup to speak of rigtht now. There's some effort to his delivery, but he can maintain velocity deep into starts.
Summary:Brothers was gaining as much "helium" as any pitcher in the draft class as the spring wore on. He'd always been intriguing because of his arm strength that delivers a fastball that can touch 96-97 mph and a pretty good slider. He took a leap up this season, thanks to a better understanding of how to pitch and the ability to find the strike zone more consistently. If that continues throughout the remainder of his season, he'll go off the board in a hurry.