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Prospect Report: Ross Stripling, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Ross Stripling
Ross Stripling
Brace Hemmelgarn, USA Today Sports

Another player on the personal favorites list: Ross Stripling of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ross Stripling, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers
Bats: R Throws: R HT: 6-3 WT: 190 DOB: November 23, 1989

SLEEPER ALERT!! One of my favorite players available in the 2012 draft was Texas A&M pitcher Ross Stripling. He had an outstanding season as a junior in 2011. His '12 season was almost as good, and included a no-hitter against San Diego State. He was drafted in the fifth round and given a $130,000 bonus despite his lack of leverage as a senior. Stripling was kept on a pitch count in the Pioneer League and was too good for the competition, but it made sense to be careful with him given his heavy college workload. Stripling's velocity in college was generally average at 88-91, but in pro ball he hit 92-96 MPH. He works the lower part of the strike zone well and his fastball moves. It also plays up due to a very strong curveball and a solid changeup. His control and command are excellent, and scouts praise his mound presence and intelligence. He repeats his delivery very well and is a fine overall athlete. There's some talk that Stripling, with a good spring, could begin 2013 as high as Double-A given his advanced pitching sense. If that Pioneer League velocity boost is permanent, he'll emerge as an outstanding prospect. Grade C+, which may be too low.