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Julian Sampson (Jim Simpkins)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Julian Sampson
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Skyline HS, Sammamish, WA
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:211 lbs.
Report Date(s):03/26/07
Game(s):Issaquah HS

Focus Area
Fastball:Sampson throws his fastball up to 92 mph with plenty of room for more velocity.
FB Movement:He throws a four-seamer that's fairly straight, though it does seem to hit an extra gear when it gets to home plate.
Curve:Sampson's curve was a little slow in this outing, but it's been better in other starts this year.
Changeup:Sampson has a feel for a change, but doesn't need to throw it in games.
Control:He's got good command of his fastball, spotting it well, and doesn't walk too many hitters.
Poise:Sampson is very poised and always shows the same calm demeanor on the mound regardless of what's occurring on the field.
Physical Description:Sampson has the quintessential projectable pitcher's body with plenty of room for growth.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Projectable frame; easy fastball with clean delivery and plenty of room for added velocity in future.
Weaknesses:The level of competition. Sampson doesn't get challenged much at home and usually only has to keep his fastball down and throw it by people to succeed.
Summary:In a year without too many "complete package" high school arms, Sampson should get a long look this spring. With a good arm, good mechanics and the kind of projection scouts look for in high school pitchers, this right-hander from the Pacific Northwest will generate plenty of interest.