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Andrew Oliver (Photo: Oklahoma State University)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Andrew Oliver
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Oklahoma State
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Birthdate:12/3/87
Height:6'3"
Weight:212 lbs.
Bats:Left
Throws:Left
Report Date(s):4/24/09
Game(s):Texas A&M


Focus Area
Comments
Fastball:Oliver throws his fastball anywhere in the 92-97 mph range and maintains the velocity deep into games.
Fastball movement:Has very good riding life and two-seam sink.
Slider:Struggles to spin the ball and doesn't have a true breaking pitch.
Changeup:It's a plus changeup, which he uses well to offset the fastball.
Control:Commands his fastball extremely well.
Poise:Has outstanding mound presence.
Physical Description:Oliver is a big, strong lefty with a Clayton Kershaw-type build.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Two plus pitches in his fastball and changeup to go along with excellent command.
Weaknesses:Doesn't have a real breaking pitch to speak of.
Summary:Oliver got a lot of attention when he was suspended by the NCAA for being represented by an agent, then got the suspension overturned in court. He's had an up-and-down junior season performance-wise, but scouts love his fastball-changeup mix. He can crank the heater up to 98 mph and the change is a plus pitch as well. More than anything, his fastball command is what makes him so intriguing, and it's his bread-and-butter, making up for the lack of a breaking ball. Lefties who throw that hard and command the ball that well aren't common, so he should go quickly on Draft day.