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9th round - Nicholas Haughian LHP Washington


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McKay notes that this year’s crop of prospects is a little light, especially at the college level, and that he’d be surprised if any Northwest players go in the first two rounds. He identifies LHP Nick Haughian of Washington and RHP Stephen Fife of Utah (a transfer from Bellevue C.C.) as the top college prospects, and likely to be drafted in rounds 3-5. I asked McKay if either had the skill and maturity to start in high-A or AA ball, and he doubted that they would. “Command of their pitches is always the deciding factor for pitchers to be moved to high-A or AA from the draft,” McKay said. “Neither would be considered that polished yet.”

http://orioles.scout.com/a.z?s=251&p=2&c=759550

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Haughian, who has a fastball in the 91-mph range and an array of sliders and change-ups that keeps hitters off-guard, earned several national pitcher-of-the-week honors after that game.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/huskies/2004402269_uwbase09.html

"It's just one of those things that will come around," said Haughian, who hopes to locate his fastball better tonight. "I feel good, I feel confident. I don't feel like anything is broken. The last couple of starts have been a little bit rocky. In Portland, I had a good beginning to it and I kind of blew up, and Oregon State was kind of a continuation of that, but I think it will happen. It's just a matter of throwing my pitches with confidence."

Knutson certainly has confidence in Haughian, who can throw his fastball 91-92 miles per hour, and also uses a slider, curveball and changeup.

http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20080404/SPORTS/479892713/1002/SPORTS06

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The better ones do not, but a whole lot do. Aluminum bats really inflate ERAs.

That's what I was thinking, but geez...THe guy had a 6.xx ERA in two years at college. I'm taping my kids right arm down and making all 3 of them throw left-handed.

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That's what I was thinking, but geez...THe guy had a 6.xx ERA in two years at college. I'm taping my kids right arm down and making all 3 of them throw left-handed.

He had a 3.76 this year.with a .233 opponent's batting average and more than a K per IP.

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