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Profile: Austin Maddox
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Name: Austin Maddox
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 220
Date of Birth: 5/13/91
School: Eagles View Academy (FL) Rank: 16
The prep class offers quite a few two-way talents that could be first-round picks as either pitchers or as hitters, but the arm strength and power potential at the plate at a premium position (catcher) leads many to believe that Austin Maddox will indeed be drafted and developed as a catcher. Maddox is a big, physical player, that looks like he's much older than a high school senior, with thick, muscular limbs and a barrel chest. He is surprisingly quick and agile for his size, although many think he will need to be very diligent with his conditioning given his already mature frame and proportions. When he makes contact, the ball travels a long, long way. He is one of the most powerful players eligible for the 2009 draft, although his swing can get equally big, leading to high strikeout totals. His size, bat speed and stature alone would make him a high draft pick. Behind the plate he shows off one of the strongest arms in the country. Again, his size draws some concerns about whether he would be suited long-term from the rigors of catching on an everyday basis. On the mound, he has such an easy arm that allows him to throw in the low-90s while approaching the mid-90s when he starts to find his groove. His curveball is a potential dominant pitch when it's working for him, and his size gives him a very imposing, intimidating presence on the mound. He has committed to the University of Florida as part of a very talented recruiting class for the Gators.

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