Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Marlins Draft Chad James

Coming into Tuesday's MLB draft, the Marlins were looking to bolster their pitching prospects. They did just that when they selected LHP Chad James out of Yukon High School in Oklahoma with the 18th overall pick.

Before the draft, the Marlins made it clear that they were going to take the best player available. They felt that the 6'3, 205 lb James was it.

Chad James went 9-1 with a 1.36 era this past year. During his first varsity start as a freshman against Shawnee High School, James threw a no-hitter. He is currently committed to Oklahoma State University.

James has 3 pitches - fastball, curve and change-up - but is currently mixing a slider into his arsenal. His fastball ranges from 91-93 mph (an increase of 10 mhp from his freshman year).

"I was talking to my brother about it and decided it would be good to add,” James said about adding the slider. "I like the movement it gives me.”

The last high school pitcher the Marlins drafted in the first round was Chris Volstad in 2005.

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