- The Washington Times - Monday, February 18, 2008

Collin Balester

Position: Pitcher

Age: 21

Height: 6-5

Weight: 190 pounds

Born: San Francisco

How acquired: Selected in the fourth round of the 2004 player draft

2007 statistics at Class AA Harrisburg: 17 starts, 98 2/3 innings pitched, 2-7 with a 3.74 ERA

2007 statistics at Class AAA Columbus: 10 starts, 51 2/3 innings pitched, 2-3 with a 4.18 ERA

Minor league totals: 82 games, 79 starts, 437 1/3 innings pitched, 18-23 with a 3.99 ERA

Personal: His father, Tom, runs a surfboard manufacturing company, and Collin credits his surfing background with building arm strength.

Scouting report: “His strengths are his size, delivery and fastball command,” general manager Jim Bowden said. “He can put the ball where he wants to in the strike zone. He can run it up 92 to 94 [mph].

“Some things he needs to work on are his grip on his fastball. He opens up his fingers. He jams the ball back in there a lot. He has a pretty good curveball, although our people are mixed. Some people think he should go to the slider instead of the curveball. He has a decent change-up. Our people feel that he can get into the rotation at some point this year.”

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