Wednesday, December 17, 2008

28. Kyle Kaminska

28. Kyle Kaminska -RHP - 6'4 - 185lbs
(last year: NR)

The Marlins drafted Kyle Kaminska out of Naperville Central High School in Illinois in the 25th round of the 2007 draft. He fell so far in the draft because most believed he would be tough to lure away from his commitment to Michigan State. The Marlins got him to sign for $120,000. In his first action as a pro, Kaminska was dominant for the Gulf Coast League Marlins. He threw 19 innings of work, allowing 18 hits, walking 4 and striking out 14 in limited duty.

Kyle has a projectable body at 6’4, 185lbs and his clean arm actions allows him the ability to throw his three pitches for strikes. Some have said he throws too many strikes. He’s comfortable throwing his fastball in the 88-91mph range, while keeping his slider in the low 80s. He could never quite get into a groove all season long and because of how much throwing he was doing; his fastball was in the 86-87mph range to end the season. In his last 45.1 innings to end the year, he gave up 70 hits.

Because of his age and struggles, there is a great chance Kaminska returns to Greensboro and pitches there before seeing Jupiter late in the year if warranted. He needs to learn to throw inside more and also needs to learn its ok to go outside of the strikezone as well. As he gets older and matures this should come naturally to him. He’s got a lot of upside to him, he just needs to throw the ball in the dirt now and again.

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