Wednesday, June 10, 2009

With the 521st pick...

The Astros select 6'3" 210lb RHP Justin Harper from Oklahoma City University.

Harper was selected by the Yankees in the 37th round of the 2008 draft, and here's what the NoMaas blog said about Harper:
Justin throws a 92-94 mph sinker with a major league breaking ball, command is his downfall although he made great strides towards the end of the season.

In speaking with a source who wished to remain anonymous, he said that Harper has a legitimate, Major League arm, and that his raw stuff is described by the Yavapai coaches as plus-plus. His problem is that he has trouble repeating his mechanics, resisting the urge to throw the ball through the backstop, and not letting his struggles get to him.

Baseball America last year said:
Harper has one of the juco ranks’ liveliest arms, at times sitting at 92-93 mph with a sinking fastball.

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