Will Startup, Left-Handed Pitcher
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Talking Chop's take on Startup (October 2006)
He made a huge impact in double-A this year after putting up solid numbers in the Sally league last year. Startup is someone who has actually gotten better since being drafted from the University of Georgia in the fifth round last year. He has reduced the walks he allows and increased his strikeouts since college. When promoted to triple-A in the middle of this year he hit a bit of a roadblock while struggling with his control, but he finished strong once he adjusted to the competition. It doesn't hurt that he's a lefty, but after holding lefties to a .094 batting average at Mississippi, he allowed them to hit .313 off him in Richmond.
He will probably receive another year of seasoning at triple-A, but along with Devine and Gunderson could be a mainstay in the Atlanta pen for years to come.