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SDSU hurler Walby's fastball good enough for Yanks

SDSU hurler Walby's fastball good enough for Yanks

SDSU hurler Walby's fastball good enough for Yanks

Philip Walby is only a one-pitch pitcher at this point in his young career. But that one pitch was good enough to convince the Yankees to pick him in the 12th round of the First-Year Player Draft.

The San Diego State right-hander is a strong, durable, power-type pitcher with an aggressive approach. He airs it out with his deceptive delivery and arm slot to make his fastball -- which typically sits between 89-93 mph -- seem a lot faster. The heater is live, and it tails with some late sink.

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His other pitches aren't as developed, though. He has an offspeed pitch, but it's somewhere between a curve and a slider and an infrequent changeup. The development of his secondary stuff will most certainly be necessary for him to make it to the next level.

Walby finished his junior season with the Aztecs 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 94 1/3 innings.

Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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