Thursday, January 16, 2014

Scouting the Draft: Matt Imhoff

Matt Imhoff, LHP, Cal Poly SLO.  6'5", 220 lbs.

2012:  1-0, 3.04, 47.1 IP, 22 BB, 31 K.
2013:  7-3, 2.74, 101.2 IP, 30 BB, 95 K.
2013 Team USA:  3-0, 0.53, 17 IP, 5 BB, 17 K.

Matt Imhoff is a college prospect whose stock is rising.  He was Cal Poly's Saturday starter last year.  He then tried out for the collegiate Team USA making the squad on the strength of 4 shutout innings against the Wilmington Sharks of the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate summer league.  He pitched terrific ball for Team USA and now returns to Cal Poly for his junior season as the likely Friday starter.

Imhoff is a big dude with a fastball that reaches 94 MPH.  On video, he has a short windup without a back turn.  He just raises his right leg to a 90 degree angle at the hip and knee, then takes a long stride that lands him less than a foot from the edge of the grass in front of the pitcher's mound.  He has a nice stepover in his stride with high 3/4 delivery that gives him great leverage on his pitches.  He pounds both sides of the strike zone and routinely busts in on the hands of RH batters.

BA has him ranked as the #22 college draft prospect, which would make him borderline for being on the board when the Giants pick in the second round.  On the other hand, I have not seen him on any early top 50 draft pick lists.  I really like what I see of Matt Imhoff and would not be unhappy if the Giants drafted him in round 2.

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