6/2/09

Possible Mets 1st Rounder - LHP - David Holmberg

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David Holmberg - Port Charlotte HS… 6-4, 215… #31 in the state of Florida according to Prospectswire.com…

#51 on Baseball America's list of Top 100 High School Prospects… led the state last season with 114 strikeouts and was 6-1 with a 0.70 ERA… over the last four games of the season, struck out 58 in 29 innings with a personal-best of 16 against Southeast…

5/15 from Sickles mock: 48. Los Angeles (AL) - David Holmberg, LHP, Port Charlotte HS (FL) - When looking for a prep pitcher with good upside, look no farther than Florida. Holmberg's had a solid senior season, neither helping nor hurting his draft stock.

Fr. http://www.perfectgame.org/: David Holmberg is a 2009 LHP with a 6'4'', 215 lb. frame from Port Charlotte, FL who attends Port Charlotte. Holmberg is a big strong MLB build, very good direction, repeats delivery, throws easy, good curveball spin, deep 2 plane break, potential plus curveball, plus command potential, throws downhill, pitches high 80's touching 90, likes to throw fastball in, broke bats, maintains velo well, top level LHP prospect. Also shows power at the plate with strength in swing. He has signed with Florida

Fr. http://www.pgcrosschecker.com/ - David Holmberg is a jumbo-sized lefty from Port Charlotte High School who has signed with the University of Florida. This is my first look at him and I would grade his pitchability at the top of the high school class. His raw stuff isn’t at that first-round level, but his maturity, command, and poise most definitely are.

I can see Holmberg getting early-round consideration, perhaps sandwich or second. At 6-3, 230, Holmberg has a pear shape with thick hips and legs. His shoulders are broad but sloped. He’s very strong in his leg and core muscles, which are truly the drivers when it comes to pitching. That combined with easy over-the-top arm-action leads me to believe Holmberg will be able to pitch a lot of innings. Holmberg has a high-kick, well-balanced delivery that he repeats well.

He’s mostly a two-pitch pitcher, fastball and curve. Holmberg threw in the 87-89 MPH range for most of his seven innings of work in a 1-0 victory over Mike Ohlman’s Lakewood Ranch Mustangs. I don’t see the velocity improving much by age 23, but he should be able to maintain it over the long pro season every five days. What makes his fastball really work is its late boring action and his command. He struck out twelve and walked only one. Holmberg yielded only two hits (both to Ohlman). His boring fastball proved difficult to square.

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