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Eric Arnett (Photo: Indiana University Athletics)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Eric Arnett
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Indiana University
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Birthdate:1/25/88
Height:6'5"
Weight:225 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):4/25/09
Game(s):Michigan


Focus Area
Comments
Fastball:Arnett can now get the fastball up to 96 mph and it sits at 91-93 mph, a jump from the 88-91 he threw as a sophomore.
Fastball movement:There's good sink to his fastball.
Slider:Throws it 78-84 mph. It's inconsistent. When he stays on top of it, it's a swing-and-miss pitch, but when he loses his slot, it flattens out.
Split:He had thrown a straight change in the past, but the school taught him a split and he throws that more now. It's not effective and he might be better served going back to the changeup in the future.
Control:There's room for improvement -- he couldn't throw strikes consiistently last year -- but he's generally around the plate now, and he's not afraid to pitch to contact to induce ground balls early in counts.
Poise:He competes well on the mound, with a workhorse mentality; always wants to pitch deep into games.
Physical Description:Arnett has a Josh Johnson body type, with strong legs, broad shoulders and big, strong hands.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Has the chance to work two legitimate out pitches in the fastball and slider. He's generally around the strike zone at all times and doesn't shy away from contact.
Weaknesses:He doesn't always repeat his delivery and his release point, causing his breaking ball to be inconsistent. Outside of this season, he doesn't have a track record of success. His pitch counts have been very high, which may cause some to worry about wear and tear.
Summary:One of the biggest late risers in the Draft class, Arnett is a big right-hander who put himself into first-round consideration with a breakout junior season. He's got an above-average fastball and a slider that, while inconsistent, could be an out pitch as well. He struggles at times with his release point and arm angle, which hurts the effectiveness of the slider. He's come a long way in a short time, and the lack of track record may make some pause, as will the high pitch counts he had late in the year. But if he can develop an effective offspeed pitch, he's the kind of workhorse who could be a future No. 2 or 3 starter in the big leagues.