Stoffel was a highly regarded pitching prospect coming out of Agoura High School in 2006, where he teamed with Robert Stock, who is now at USC. A broken ankle caused Stoffel to miss the playoffs to close his high school career, and that along with his commitment to Arizona caused him to not be drafted in 2006. Stoffel assumed the role as the Wildcats closer during his freshman year, and is currently tied with Mark Melancon for the program's leader in saves with 18. Stoffel has stated in the past that he preferred to start, but really flourished as a closer. He has the stuff to thrive as a starter should a team choose to pursue him in that role, but he hasn't thrown his changeup much at college since he hasn't needed it. His fastball sits in the low-90s and has good, late life with a knack for inducing weak swings and ground ball outs. His curveball is also a plus pitch, giving him a solid one-two punch. When I saw him when he was still in high school, his fastball velocity, movement and command coupled with an aggressive approach allowed him to break quite a few bats of opposing hitters, who rarely got a good swing at his pitches. While he's not overly projectable, he has a strong, stocky frame and an intimidating presence on the mound. His approach his fearless, he has a short memory and rarely gets rattled. The past two years he has teamed with Daniel Schlereth to give the Wildcats a very difficult late inning tandem to contend with, but now that Schlereth has begun his professional career, Stoffel will have the opportunity to showcase his skills on his own late in games in close contests.
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