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Brooks Pounders
(Photo: Brent Habert/

Biographical Data
Player Name:Brooks Pounders
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Temecula Valley HS (Calif.)
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:240 lbs.
Report Date(s):02/08/09
Game(s):Urban Youth Academy Showcase

Focus Area
Fastball:Pounders threw his fastball in the 88-90 mph range.
Fastball movement:He had average life, but his command allowed him to keep the ball down at all times.
Curve:It's a decent offering, aroumd 75 mph, that stays around the strike zone and has a solid rotation.
Slider:He threw it around 80 mph. It was tight with late bite.
Changeup:A plus pitch now, will be a solid out pitch.
Control:Throws strikes, has above-average fastball command. Will be a plus command guy in the future.
Poise:Good poise, works quickly, and has a no-nonsense attitude on the mound.
Physical Description:Big-body guy; doesn't look very athletic, but actually is fairly athletic when it comes to repeating his delivery. Kind of a Jonathan Broxton type.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Four at least average pitches from a high schooler. Works fast and throws strikes, the type who can throw a two-hour game.
Weaknesses:Will have to maintain his body. To get into the upper echelon, some would like to see an increase in velocity.
Summary:Pounders might be more substance than style. He doesn't seem to have the best body in the world, but he's more athletic in his delivery than you'd think. He won't light up a radar gun -- something that might hurt his Draft status -- but he does have four pitches he can throw for strikes as a high schooler. That kind of pitchability doesn't grow on trees, especially from the prep ranks.