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Luke Putkonen (Jeffrey A. Camarati - UNC Athletics)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Luke Putkonen
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:University of North Carolina
School Type:Four-Year College
Academic Class:Sophomore
Weight:200 lbs.
Report Date(s):04/22/07
Game(s):Florida State

Focus Area
Fastball:Putkonen has above-average velocity that sits in the 90-94 mph range.
Curve:His curve is slightly below-average.
Changeup:Putkonen has a changeup, but it grades out as below average.
Slider:See a theme here? Putkonen's secondary offerings, including the slider, are all below-average.
Control:He does have average to a tick above-average command of his fastball.
Poise:Putkonen has average makeup overall.
Physical Description:The big right-hander reminds some of Ryan Madson as far as body type goes.
Medical Update:Putkonen redshirted in his freshman year of 2005 following Tommy John surgery. He is currently healthy.
Strengths:A power arm and the ability to command the fastball that comes out of it.
Weaknesses:His secondary pitches are all well behind the fastball.
Summary:Putkonen has been so-so as North Carolina's Sunday starter, but does possess intriguing arm strength. He throws an above-average fastball and can command it fairly well. The only problem is that his other offerings are far behind the heater. He might be better suited to a bullpen role, but the lack of a good secondary offering makes it hard to project him.