Jason Zylstra, Kyle Hooper, Tyler Marlette, Dylan Maples, Jake Barrett

University of Alabama baseball pitcher Jason Zylstra, a junior right-hander, is at UAB Medical Center after being severely injured in a "freak" weightlifting accident Thursday evening, a source told TideSports.com. Officials at the University of Alabama would not comment due to student medical privacy concerns. A source said Zylstra was taking part in one of the team's group workouts. He was doing an exercise called the box step, with weights on his shoulder when he stepped down off the box and rolled his ankle. He fell on the floor with the weights still on his shoulder injuring his back. - http://alabama.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1196260

Kyle Hooper - Hooper is a tall, long-limbed righty, although he isn’t draft eligible until 2012. There appears to be a few pauses to his delivery which creates some deception, as it looks as though that delivery is somewhat of step-by-step process. He doesn’t overpower hitters (the broadcast had him in the mid to upper-80s, which), but there is some run and tail to his fastball. He did a nice job working down in the strike zone, and induced quite a few ground balls. His curveball is a nice pitch, a big slow bender that he can drop both in and out of the strike zone. http://www.5tooltalk.com/2011-notes-3-1-11.html

Tyler Marlette, c, Hagerty HS, Oviedo, Fla. I’ve seen Marlette play a ton, probably as much as any player in the country over the last 12 months. He has all the tools to be a big-league catcher, and just important he has the approach to the game to succeed, as well. The red head might even play too hard for his own good, at times. http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=5302

(Dylan) Maples sat in the 91-93 mph range with his fastball and touched 95 twice. The pitch had some armside movement, but he had trouble hitting his spots with it, leading to a lot of deep counts. Maples was on a pitch count of 60-75 and the deep counts limited how long he could stay in the game. He threw his curveball for strikes between 78-80 mph, but the pitch was a little slurvy at times. Maples said he didn't feel like he had his best stuff and I can attest to that, as well. I've seen him at his best. He was dominant during his first outing at the Team USA 18U Trials this summer, with a fastball up to 96 mph and a tight, hammer curveball. He said that's the outing he tries to replicate each time he takes the mound. - http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/draft/?p=3137

Jake Barrett did not factor in the decision in the Sun Devils upset at the hands of Cal State Bakersfield last night, but he did pitch very well. Jake, a sophomore from Arizona State did not allow an earned run on three hits in his six innings of work. He didn't walk a batter and he fanned six on the night as well. Jake now has a 3.46 era in 13 inning of work. Jake had a 1.35 era for the Brewster Whitecaps in 2010, and he should be returning for his 2nd stint on the Cape this coming summer - http://www.collegesummerbaseball.net/2011/03/summer-league-related-stat-lines-from_04.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter  


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