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Saturday, April 08, 2006
Scouting Report: Justin Verlander
When I started Baseball of Tomorrow, I originally intended to do one scouting report a week, but as you can see, I haven't done one in almost a month now. Hopefully, with this scouting report, I'll be getting back on track.

Justin Verlander is going to be making his season debut tonight for the (so far) undefeated Detroit Tigers in Ameriquest Field/The Ballpark at Arlington.

So, without further ado, here's your scouting report on Justin Verlander:

Justin Verlander, P, Detroit Tigers.

In 2001, fresh out of high school, Justin Verlander entered the draft, but made it through unpicked. Three years later, with a dominating collegiate career at Old Dominion under his belt, Verlander entered the draft for the second time. Picked second overall by the Detroit Tigers, the 6'5" 200 lbs. hard-throwing righty didn't last very long in the draft.

Verlander signed too late to see any action in 2004. For Verlander, the 2005 season began in high Class A Lakeland, where, in 86 innings pitched, he allowed only 19 runs off of 70 hits, while striking out 104 batters. His impressive performance in Lakeland prompted the Tigers front office to call him up to the bigs. Verlander only appeared in two games for Detroit, starting and losing them both, before being sent down to Class AA Erie. At Erie, Verlander picked up right where he left off in Lakeland. Verlander toyed with batters in the Eastern League, giving up only 1 run off of 11 hits and 32 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched.

Verlander is a dominating force on the mound. When he's on, he's able to throw his pitches with command, movement, and especially velocity. Verlander's repetoire consists primarily of three pitches: a live fastball, which clocks in the 90 MPH range, a sharp, biting power curveball, and an impressive changeup.

In the past, Verlander has had the tendency to overthrow in tight spots. While he didn't have this problem in his time spent in the minors last year, it was evident in his short stint in the majors that he was overthrowing. With some more experience, overthrowing shouldn't be a problem for Verlander.

Verlander will be making his season debut tonight. If all goes according to plan, Verlander will be a part of the Tigers' rotation for the 2006 season. With veteran Kenny Rogers giving them some guidance, Justin Verlander and Jeremy Bonderman can be a championship-caliber 1-2 punch.

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