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Nevin Griffith (Perfect Game USA)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Nevin Griffith
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Middleton HS, Tampa
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:185 lbs.
Report Date(s):04/25/07
Game(s):Hillsborough HS
Scouting Video:

Focus Area
Fastball:Griffith throws his fastball in the 91-93 mph range and pitched consistently at 91 mph.
FB Movement:When he keeps his fastball at around 91 mph, it has some nice tail and dive and it runs well. When he ups the velocity, it flattens out a little.
Curve:Griffith is working on a hard curve in the 86-88 mph range, but doesn't have confidence in it yet.
Changeup:He has a changeup, at around 81 mph, but he doesn't throw it much. It can be an effective pitch, but he doesn't believe in it yet.
Slider:Griffith throws a good sharp slider, 79-83 mph that he commands well when he's on.
Control:Command of his secondary pitches is not great. In this particular outing, he wasn't as sharp due to a layoff of almost two weeks.
Poise:Griffith is extremely even-keeled and handles adversity extremely well. Even though he allowed two runs in the first inning of this start, and didn't get help from his defense, he never lost his cool and tried to pick his teammates up.
Physical Description:Griffith has a good projectable body, with long arms and legs and big hands.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Demeanor beyond his years, Griffith is smooth and quiet on the mound, always under control and methodical. He rises to challenges well, such as facing top hitting prospect Michael Burgess for the third time in this outing and handling him well.
Weaknesses:He doesn't command his secondary pitches consistently and needs to improve his changeup and curve. He wasn't particularly sharp in this specific outing. The flip side of his cool demeanor is that sometimes scouts wish they saw a little more fire in him out there.
Summary:Griffith is a projectable right-hander with two average or above-average pitches right now in his fastball and slider. If he can improve his curve and changeup, he has the chance to have four usable pitches. He stays very even-keeled on the mound and shows maturity beyond his years when adversity comes his way.