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MLB Draft Day 3: Houston Astros Select RHP Dean Deetz

MLB Draft Day 3:  Houston Astros Select RHP Dean Deetz

The wheels have started to turn for the third and final day of the MLB Draft.  Jeff Luhnow and his staff look to find diamonds in the rough as the draft progresses to later rounds and the pickings get slimmer.

Here’s an interesting pick:

Dean Deetz (RHP), Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (OK), Round 11, Pick 316:

This right-handed pitcher’s strongest asset is his fastball and it’s something to be reckoned with!

After recently recovering from Tommy John’s surgery, Deetz has come roaring back with his peak speed fastball going out at about 95 mph but usually sitting around 91 to 93 mph.  This guy can definitely throw the heat!

He’s an extremely physical ballplayer that’s well-conditioned all wrapped up in a 6’1″, 195-pound frame.

He has a slider that can fool a batter thinking it’s a fastball as the ball trails toward the hitting area.

He’ll have to work on his change-up because it still doesn’t have enough guff to be competitive at the professional level.

One interesting fact is that he was a star running back at his high school alma mater — Nixa High School in Nixa, Mo., his hometown.

He has been timed at running the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds.  Wow!

Here’s a scouting video from MLB.com with some additional, useful information:

This will definitely be a prospect that I will keep my eye on!

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