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Ashur Tolliver, LHP

NAIA power Oklahoma City usually has an interesting NCAA Division I transfer, and this year's prospect is Tolliver. He went just 2-5, 7.94 at Arkansas-Little Rock in 2008, but started to blossom in the Cape Cod League during the summer. He drew a lot of attention when his fastball sat in the low 90s and popped some 96s early in the spring, though he was working more at 88-92 mph as the draft approached. Scouts wonder about his durability because he's generously listed at 6 feet and 170 pounds. He has a very quick arm, though there's also effort in his delivery, and he ultimately may wind up in the bullpen. Tolliver's second-best pitch currently is his changeup. He showed some feel for a curveball in the fall but now employs a slurvy slider in the low 80s. He has a chance to become the highest-drafted player in Stars history, surpassing Grant Hansen, who went 89th overall to the White Sox in 2003. But Tolliver didn't help his chances by giving up eight runs in three innings against Louisiana State-Shreveport in the first round of the NAIA playoffs.

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Ashur Tolliver, LHP

NAIA power Oklahoma City usually has an interesting NCAA Division I transfer, and this year's prospect is Tolliver. He went just 2-5, 7.94 at Arkansas-Little Rock in 2008, but started to blossom in the Cape Cod League during the summer. He drew a lot of attention when his fastball sat in the low 90s and popped some 96s early in the spring, though he was working more at 88-92 mph as the draft approached. Scouts wonder about his durability because he's generously listed at 6 feet and 170 pounds. He has a very quick arm, though there's also effort in his delivery, and he ultimately may wind up in the bullpen. Tolliver's second-best pitch currently is his changeup. He showed some feel for a curveball in the fall but now employs a slurvy slider in the low 80s. He has a chance to become the highest-drafted player in Stars history, surpassing Grant Hansen, who went 89th overall to the White Sox in 2003. But Tolliver didn't help his chances by giving up eight runs in three innings against Louisiana State-Shreveport in the first round of the NAIA playoffs.

Hey Moose, you post the pick and then I'll try to post something about them. That way we don't duplicate our efforts.

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Ashur Tolliver, LHP

NAIA power Oklahoma City usually has an interesting NCAA Division I transfer, and this year's prospect is Tolliver. He went just 2-5, 7.94 at Arkansas-Little Rock in 2008, but started to blossom in the Cape Cod League during the summer. He drew a lot of attention when his fastball sat in the low 90s and popped some 96s early in the spring, though he was working more at 88-92 mph as the draft approached. Scouts wonder about his durability because he's generously listed at 6 feet and 170 pounds. He has a very quick arm, though there's also effort in his delivery, and he ultimately may wind up in the bullpen. Tolliver's second-best pitch currently is his changeup. He showed some feel for a curveball in the fall but now employs a slurvy slider in the low 80s. He has a chance to become the highest-drafted player in Stars history, surpassing Grant Hansen, who went 89th overall to the White Sox in 2003. But Tolliver didn't help his chances by giving up eight runs in three innings against Louisiana State-Shreveport in the first round of the NAIA playoffs.

Hey Moose, you post the pick and then I'll try to post something about them. That way we don't duplicate our efforts.

Sounds good dude, though I'm not sure how long I'll be able to shirk my work responsibilities. :)

10-1 3.74 era, 74.2 innings 17 walks 89 k's, gave up 12 homers!

Well he should fit right in ;)

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This guy intrigues me. Think Tim Lincecum a year before he blew up. He's about the same build, he's tiny, but he pitched in a wood bat league in VA last summer and looked amazing. Supposedly a fastball-changeup guy great at changing speeds, he threw a pitch that looked like a slurve that dropped off the table about a 2 feet in front of the plate and every hitter in the dugout dropped their jaws.

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This guy intrigues me. Think Tim Lincecum a year before he blew up. He's about the same build, he's tiny, but he pitched in a wood bat league in VA last summer and looked amazing. Supposedly a fastball-changeup guy great at changing speeds, he threw a pitch that looked like a slurve that dropped off the table about a 2 feet in front of the plate and every hitter in the dugout dropped their jaws.

If he can be more consistent with his slurve, that would make a 3rd above average-plus pitch....I gotta like his potential......

I hope everyone here realizes that we are taking excellent pitching prospects, they just arent the big names, but to me they have similar upside if not better....

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