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Dan Merklinger (Seton Hall University)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Dan Merklinger
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Seton Hall University
School Type:Four-Year College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:195 lbs.
Report Date(s):04/07/07
Scouting Video:

Focus Area
Fastball:Merklinger's fastball is well below-average.
FB Movement:He does throw a four-seam and two-seam fastball with decent action. He could have future-average life.
Curve:It could be his best pitch and projects to be an average pitch in the future.
Changeup:His changeup is below-average right now, but projects as an average offering.
Control:He's generally around the plate, but his command overall is below-average.
Poise:His overall makeup is fine.
Physical Description:Merklinger has a body type similar to Steve Kline.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:The curve has the chance to be a pretty good pitch.
Weaknesses:While he generally can throw strikes, his stuff is all below-average.
Summary:Considered one of the better pitching prospects in last year's Cape Cod League, Merklinger has been a bit disappointing in his junior year. The southpaw has been showing below-average stuff and his command hasn't been sharp enough to make up for it. Still, he's a college lefty who has shown the ability to pitch in the past. He could be a No. 5 starter or a lefty specialist, especially if his breaking stuff can continue to improve.