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Brad Boxberger (Photo: University of Southern California)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Brad Boxberger
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:University of Southern California
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:200 lbs.
Report Date(s):3/13/09

Focus Area
Fastball:Boxberger threw his fastball up to 95 mph and maintained the velocity deep into his start.
Fastball movement:Had good movement throughout the start.
Slider:Threw a good hard slider.
Curve:Can also throw a good curve ball.
Changeup:Changeup grades out as average.
Control:His command is in and out, one week good, one week not as consistent. Overall, it's improved.
Poise:Has good mound presence.
Physical Description:Boxberger isn't anything flashy. He has a solid pitcher's body.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:He can throw several pitches for strikes and knows how to pitch. He seems to be improving from past performances.
Weaknesses:Command and stamina. The question is is if he can maintain his velocity -- some had seen him as a reliever in the past as a result -- though he's been doing it so far this season.
Summary:Boxberger definitely improved his Draft status with his first several starts. While many had seen him as a reliever in the future, he's emerged as a legitimate starting prospect with his performance. The key has been his ability to maintain his velocity deep into his starts, something he hadn't done in the past. And while his command is still a little inconsistent, it's better than it has been. Combine that with a full repertoire of pitches and if Boxberger keeps it up, he'll seriously enter the first-round conversation.