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Matt Hobgood
(Photo: Brent Habert/

Biographical Data
Player Name:Matt Hobgood
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Norco HS (Calif.)
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:245 lbs.
Report Date(s):02/08/09
Game(s):Urban Youth Academy Showcase

Focus Area
Fastball:Hobgood threw his fastball in the 89-92 mph range and went right after hitters with it.
Fastball movement:Has heavy, hard life.
Curve:A plus pitch, 11-to-5, true curve, thrown 74-79 mph. It has the chance to be the best high school curve in this class.
Slider:It's slurvy at 80 mph, and is a usable pitch.
Changeup:Didn't show a changeup and may lack a feel for it.
Control:Has average high school command, but was throwing to the radar gun a bit too much.
Poise:Exceptional. He challenged hitters, daring them to try and hit him. He has a little mean streak on the mound.
Physical Description:Hobgood is a big, physical animal -- like a Josh Beckett type.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Size, strength and durability. Also has two plus pitches now, with the intangibles to be a front-of-the-rotation starter.
Weaknesses:Doesn't show a feel for a changeup. He lands a little hard and will have to soften his front side a little to hone command.
Summary:Hobgood is a big, strong right-hander with two plus offerings in his heavy fastball and outstanding curve. Some small tweaks to his delivery should help him find even better fastball command. If he can add a changeup to go along with his other offerings and his tremendous mound presence, he has the chance to be a front-of-the-rotation starter in the future.