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Matthew Purke (Photo: Carl Kline/

Biographical Data
Player Name:Matthew Purke
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Klein HS (Tex.)
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:180 lbs.
Report Date(s):3/12/09
Game(s):Cypress Creek HS, Texas

Focus Area
Fastball:Purke showed velocity a tick above average, sitting at 92-93 mph. He topped out at 95 mph.
Fastball movement:It has tailing life to the arm side.
Curve:It's kind of between a curve and a slider. It has more of a curve break, with good rotation and depth. He thew it about 78 mph with late break to it.
Changeup:Has a good changeup.
Control:He has good command and moves the ball around the zone well.
Poise:He's pitched in big games and rises to the occasion.
Physical Description:Purke is a lean, wiry, thin-waisted left-hander. He's projectable, but needs to add some strength.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Three average to above-average pitches. Good command, projectable body.
Weaknesses:He's a little too slender, leading some to worry about durabilty.
Summary:When conversations arise about the top prep lefties in the class, Purke is on the short list. With three excellent offerings and command of them, to go along with a projectable frame, Purke's name comes up early and often. There might be a small concern about his durabilty because he's a little too slender, but that won't be enough to keep him from being taken high up on Draft day.