Erickson was draft eligible a year ago, and was a potential first-round pick before his fastball velocity dropped from the low to mid-90s to the 87-91 range. His formerly dynamic slider also wasn't as sharp as it used to be, but he still managed to get batters out with his moxie, posting a 5-0 record with a 2.06 ERA and 13 saves. He is now only 10 saves away from owning the all-time NCAA mark, and should easily achieve that feat if he stays healthy. Erickson has a very strong and sturdy frame, and has steadily been putting on muscle since high school. He has been tried a little bit as a starter in the past given his repertoire, but his velocity dipped even further. He does throw across his body somewhat, which leads many to believe that a more serious injury may be brewing, if there isn't already some structure damage that may have led to the decreased velocity. That's merely speculation, as Erickson is determined to pick up where he left off after his junior year in college.
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