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Robbie Erlin (Photo: April Carle)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Robbie Erlin
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Scotts Valley (Calif.)
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Weight:170 lbs.
Report Date(s):4/17/09
Game(s):Sobrato HS

Focus Area
Fastball:Erlin will occasionally touch 91 mph, but usually sits in the 89-90 mph range.
Fastball movement:The fastball is pretty straight and light.
Curve:It's solid average to plus and he throws it 70-73 mph.
Changeup:Will flash it a few times, but it requires some development because he'll need it at the next level.
Control:He has very good command, especially for a high schooler.
Poise:He's got excellent makeup and it shows on the mound.
Physical Description:Erlin is a smallish left-hander, sort of like a Billy Wagner (without the velocity).
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:One of the better deliveries from a high schooler, with good arm action. He repeats it very well, allowing him to have excellent command of his fastball and curve.
Weaknesses:Doesn't show much of a changeup right now. His size likely will turn some teams off.
Summary:Erlin was getting more and more buzz in Northern California as the spring wore on. He's not the biggest guy in the world, but with an oustanding delivery, good makeup and above-average command to go along with a fastball that touches 90 and a curve that can be a plus pitch, he's an intriguing high school lefty. He'll need to improve his changeup at the next level and his size will probably give some teams pause, but an orgnization willing to look past that might take this signable southpaw fairly early.