Clayton Mortensen (Explosive Illusions)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Clayton Mortensen
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Gonzaga University
School Type:Four-Year College
Academic Class:Senior
Birthdate:04/10/85
Height:6'4"
Weight:190 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):05/04/07
Game(s):Loyola Marymount
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Comments
Fastball:Mortensen throws his fastball at 89-92 mph and is able to maintain the velocity throughout his starts
FB Movement:There is some sinking action to Mortensen's fastball.
Slider:He throws his slider in the 81-84 mph range and it has some late tilt.
Changeup:Mortensen's changeup sits at 81-83 mph and has some arm side face.
Control:Mortensen needs to make sure he locates his fastball consistently, something he doesn't always do. He's improved as the season has gone on.
Poise:A senior who is Gonzaga's Saturday starter, Mortensen has good mound presence.
Physical Description:Mortensen has a tall, lean body and a frame that should be able to handle added strength, making him a rare commodity: a projectable college senior.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:A three-pitch mix with an average fasatball he maintains deep into starts. He also has a good pitcher's body with room for growth.
Weaknesses:Mortensen lacks deception at times and he doesn't always locate his fastball consistently.
Summary:While there are often college seniors who make very good pros, it's rare for there to be one like Mortensen, a legitimate "prospect" on the rise in his senior season. He's got three usable pitches and a body frame that appears able to handle added strength, which could make his fastball even better. He should be a very intriguing senior sign this summer.