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Jun 06, 2013 - Jun 08, 2013   
  

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Brett Mooneyham
LHP 1B 6-4 215   L/L

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4/12/12: At the outset of the 2012 season, Stanford had a realistic chance of becoming the fifth college team on record to produce a trio of first-round picks in the same draft. That rare scenario is still expected to happen, only the parts will likely change. Righthander Mark Appel and third baseman Stephen Piscotty remain on target to be selected in the top round, probably in the first 15 picks, but Mooneyham may have usurped teammate Kenny Diekroeger as the third Cardinal with the best shot of being taken in the top 30 picks. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Mooneyham clearly had the potential to be a premium draft entering the 2012 season, but scouts wanted to take a wait-and-see approach with him after he missed the entire 2011 season after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured tendon in the middle finger of his pitching hand. He had injured the finger using an old, rusted can opener to open a can of beans for lunch just prior to the start of his junior year. Mooneyham was also beset by control issues in his first two seasons at Stanford, walking 116 in a combined 154 innings, while striking out 171 and posting a 9-10, 4.67 record. But after a year of reflection, sitting idly on the sidelines, Mooneyham has resumed his college career this spring with a vengeance, demonstrating much better overall control of his raw stuff. In the process, he has solidified his stock for this year’s draft. Through his first seven starts for the Cardinal, he is 5-2, 2.68 with 23 walks and 57 strikeouts in 47 innings. His fastball has been a steady 92-94 mph in the first two innings of most of his outings, though has typically leveled off to the 90-92 range. His 74-77 mph curve and 78-80 mph changeup have been solid complimentary pitches, and he’ll often drop in a hard slurve at 78-81. While his control and command continue to come and go, Mooneyham has a documented history of being very difficult to square up because of the deception he generates from his long frame and somewhat unconventional delivery. In particular, he can be very difficult on lefthanded hitters with the angles he creates. While some scouts have profiled Mooneyham as a classic late-inning specialist because of his combination of raw stuff from the left side and deception, others see that as only a worst-case scenario. He has excelled as a starter this spring, even outpitching the more-celebrated Appel on occasion, and has impressed scouts with his range of stuff, athletic ability and competitive approach. Scouts like the way that he battles on the mound and attacks hitters aggressively. For all the troubles he has had throwing strikes consistently, Mooneyham has flashed surprisingly good pitchability this spring. His arm action is considered fine, but his mechanics could use a little fine-tuning going forward, though they help create deception. If anything, he needs to continue to sharpen the command of his breaking stuff. Despite two inconsistent seasons at Stanford to begin his college career, Mooneyham has a track record of success, dating back to high school, and comes by his athleticism and aggressive approach to pitching naturally as his father Bill has a lengthy history in the game. Not only did the elderly Mooneyham pitch for nine seasons at the pro level, including the 1986 season with the Oakland A’s, but he was drafted five times together. Despite being taken in the first round of the secondary phase of both drafts in 1979 and 1980 out of California’s Merced Junior College, he refused to sign before finally relenting when the California Angels came calling. Had he been healthy in 2011, the younger Mooneyham might have been a candidate to go late in the first round himself a year ago as it became evident late in his sophomore year at Stanford that he was materializing into one of the nation’s top college pitching prospects. Even as he went just 3-7, 5.07 overall on the season, he pitched much better down the stretch and excelled during the summer in both the Cape Cod League (3-0, 3.18, 23 IP, 8 BB/22 SO) and with USA Baseball’s college-national team (2-0, 0.82, 11 IP, 2 BB/8 SO). Even after not pitching at all in 2011, the Nationals took a flyer on Mooneyham in the 38th round a year ago, but the big lefthander, now married and having recently completed his undergraduate degree, was determined to return to Stanford as a red-shirt junior and end his career on a positive note, and that decision should pay off handsomely for him in June.




Oct 25, 2007 - Oct 29, 2007   Braves Scout Team
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Roger Dean Complex - Jupiter, FL
Brett Mooneyham
LHP 1B 6-4 215   L/L

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89-93
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73
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80
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