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Kyle Heckathorn (Photo: Kennesaw State University)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Kyle Heckathorn
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Kennesaw State University
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Birthdate:6/17/88
Height:6'6"
Weight:240 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):4/3/09
Game(s):Lipscomb


Focus Area
Comments
Fastball:Heckathorn has a power fastball that he throws anywhere from 88-96 mph and sits in the 92-94 mph range
Fastball movement:It's too straight, without a ton of life.
Slider:It's a loud, power slider, 86-90 mph, usually around 87-88 mph.
Changeup:Throws it in the mid-80s and seems to have a feel for it, but it's a little too hard and he doesn't throw it often.
Control:Has good, not great command. It will never be a plus. He does mostly throw strikes, but he misses up in the zone when he overthrows.
Poise:Needs some work. He's a little excitable and energetic; has been known to get a little fired up at umpires when he gets squeezed.
Physical Description:Heckathorn looks the part with a chiseled, muscular body, like a Kyle Farnsworth type.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Body, plus pure power arsenal.
Weaknesses:The results haven't always matched the pure stuff. He doesn't seem to miss as many bats as you'd think. There's some effort to the delivery.
Summary:Heckathorn is sure to be fairly high on everyone's list, thanks to his size, strength and pure power arsenal. He can pump his fastball up into the mid-to-upper 90s, has a hard slider to go along with it and generally throws strikes. The one puzzling thing about the right-hander has been that he hasn't dominated his competition or missed bats as much as you'd expect with that stuff. His size and stuff will ensure he's off the board before long, but he might be a half-step behind the upper-echelon college arms this year.