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Brett Cecil (University of Maryland Athletics)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Brett Cecil
Position:Relief Pitcher
School:University of Maryland
School Type:Four-Year College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:225 lbs.
Report Date(s):03/23/07, 03/30-04/01/07
Game(s):Clemson/Georgia Tech

Focus Area
Fastball:Cecil throws his fastball in the 89-92 mph range.
Slider:A Major League out pitch right now, Cecil's slider is very tough on left-handed hitters. He throws it anywhere from 81 to 86 mph.
Changeup:Cecil doesn't have a changeup, which may make it difficult for him to get right-handed hitters out at the next level.
Control:Cecil goes right after hitters and throws strikes.
Poise:Cecil has shown some immaturity on the mound, but not enough to concern scouts.
Physical Description:Cecil has a good, strong body.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:The slider. Not many amateur pitchers have a big-league out pitch right now, but Cecil does with that slider.
Weaknesses:The lack of a changeup means he doesn't have something to throw to right-handed hitters, which may keep him from closing at the next level. He also sometimes struggles to make adjustments. Against Georgia Tech, he gave up some aluminum bat singles, but kept throwing the same pitches to the same spots and ended up losing the game.
Summary:Cecil's slider alone will get him to the big leagues. If he can add a changeup to throw to righties, he could close. At the very least, he could become a very good left-handed setup man in a big-league bullpen. He got a start at the end of Marylandís season and there are those who think he has the stuff to be in a rotation in the future.