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Jake Odorizzi (Credit: Perfect Game USA)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Jake Odorizzi
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Highland HS (Ill.)
School Type:High school
Academic Class:Senior
Birthdate:03/27/90
Height:6'2"
Weight:170 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):04/21/08
Game(s):Civic Memorial High School

Focus Area
Comments
Fastball:Odorizzi throws both a four- and two-seamer. The four-seamer was thrown at 90-94 mph. The two-seamer came in at 88-92 mph
Fastball movement:He had late explosion on the four-seamer. His two-seamer has more movement and it rides to either side of the plate.
Curve:He threw it at 72-74 mph, it's a plus hammer at times.
Slider:It's a rapidly improving pitch which he throws in the upper 70s with late break.
Changeup:He has one, but it's inconsistent.
Control:His overall command is good, though he doesn't always command the four-seamer.
Poise:There have been some questions about his competitiveness on the mound.
Physical Description: Odorizzi is tall and wiry with room to grow.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Four average or above pitches and the overall ability to command them. He's got a quick, easy arm action and room to grow on his frame.
Weaknesses:He doesn't always command the four-seamer consistently, his changeup is behind the other pitches and he surprisingly doesn't make hitters swing and miss as much as you'd think.
Summary:A high school pitcher with "helium," Odorizzi is moving up charts thanks to an excellent repetoire, good command and smooth delivery. He's got four offerings that grade out as average or better, a projectable frame that has room for growth. The only things that could hold him back are some questions about his competitiveness on the mound and a commitment to Louisville.