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Brooks Raley (Photo: Texas A&M)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Brooks Raley
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Texas A&M
School Type:College
Academic Class:Sophomore
Weight:185 lbs.
Report Date(s):4/10/09
Game(s):Kansas State

Focus Area
Fastball:Raley's fastball grades out as fringy average. He'll occasionally touch 89 or 90 mph but sits at 86-88 mph.
Fastball movement:His crossfire delivery creates life on the arm side away from right-handed hitters.
Slider:It's a breaking ball that was 77-79 mph with rotation and slurvy break. It works because there's some deception in his delivery.
Curve:He throws this breaking ball 74-75 mph with more of a high three-quarters break. He'll try to back-door it at times. He left it up in the zone a little, but gives him a different look.
Changeup:He throws it 78-80 mph with some arm-side fade. Most of the ones he threw were down in the zone.
Control:He's got average command right now, not plus. It will get better in the future because of his athleticism and should improve once he's focusing on pitching only.
Poise:He's got great intangibles and is very competitive on the mound.
Physical Description:Raley is a very athletic southpaw who gets compared to lefties like Dana Eveland, Aaron Laffey and Dallas Braden in terms of stuff.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Four-pitch mix that's usable, at the very least. Strong competitor. Terrific athlete who's got plus speed as an outfielder.
Weaknesses:There's a little restriction and effort in his arm, but he's a good enough athlete and can maintain his delivery. He doesn't have the highest ceiling in the world.
Summary:Raley is one of those "safe bet" college lefties. They won't wow you with their stuff or their ceiling, but you can be pretty sure they'll pitch in the big leagues. Raley is also a speedy outfielder and should get better once he's only a pitcher as a pro, but he probably tops out as a No. 3 starter. His athleticism works to his advantage on the mound and should allow him to improve at the next level. He's not an ace, but name a team that wouldn't be interested in a solid middle or back-of-the-rotation starter in the next couple of years.