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Jason Stoffel (Photo: University of Arizona)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Jason Stoffel
Position:Relief Pitcher
School:University of Arizona
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Birthdate:09/15/88
Height:6'1"
Weight:225 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):3/20/09
Game(s):Arizona State


Focus Area
Comments
Fastball:Stoffel's velocity has been up and down this season. He's been as high as 96 mph in the past, was as low as 90-91 and has been in the 92-94 range in most outings.
Fastball movement:He'll throw an occasional two-seamer with sink. Most of his fastballs are four-seamers with a little tail.
Curve:He throws a hard, overhand power curve, 80-84 mph.
Changeup:He doesn't need one as a closer.
Control:He has struggled with his command and hasn't been as sharp as he'd been in years past.
Poise:He's very stoic on the mound. He's laid back, but you can tell he's poised on the mound and has pitched in a ton of big games.
Physical Description:Stoffel has never had the most athletic build, but there is some concern about his conditioning this year
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:He's got a power arsenal well-suited for short relief work and he's got a track record of success in college.
Weaknesses:He seems to have taken a step backward in terms of his results, command and conditioning.
Summary:Stoffel entered his junior season as perhaps the top college closer in the class, a guy who closed ahead of 2008 first-rounders Ryan Perry and Daniel Schlereth at Arizona in years past. But his stock took a hit for much of the spring season as he was more hittable than in the past. He simply hasn't been as sharp, particularly command-wise, and there was concern about his conditioning playing a part in that. His power arsenal out of the 'pen will certainly get drafted, but it seemed unlikely to be as highly as was once thought.