Pre-Draft Profile: Brett Mooneyham, LHP

Tall left-handed pitchers are always at a premium in professional baseball, especially ones that can throw in the low-90s. Brett Mooneyham is one such lefty, and he figures to be a player of interest in the 2008 MLB Draft. Paul Muyskens profiles the Central California high school star.


Vital Statistics
Name: Brett Mooneyham
Positions: LHP/RF/1B
School: Buhach Colony HS
Birthday: 01/24/90
Height: 6'5''
Weight: 215
B/T: L/L

Background
Brett Mooneyham is the son of former Oakland Athletics pitcher Bill Mooneyham, who was drafted 10th overall by the Califonia Angels in 1980. Brett is a very strong student, and he had a GPA better than 4.0 from Buhach Colony High School and reportedly scored a 1770 on the SAT. He has signed to pitch for Stanford next season.

Mooneyham was invited to the WWBA Fall Championships in Jupiter, FL, before his last high school season where he shined as one of the elite pitchers on the championship-winning Braves Scout team.

Mooneyham is a two-way player at Buhach Colony, playing in right, at first and pitching, but scouts see him as a pitcher in the pros. A tall and powerful left-hander, Mooneyham went 9-2 on the mound with a 0.97 ERA, striking out 103 in 58 innings while walking 56 during his senior high school season. He also hit .379 with five homers.

Scouting Report

The biggest question mark on the mound for Mooneyham is his control. His wildness showed in his last high school start in game one of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 championships. He allowed just four hits and struck out 10 but walked seven batters and hit two batters with pitches. The wildness led to a season-high four earned runs after allowing just four earned runs the whole season. He overpowers hitters with his low 90s fastball and mixes in a curve and slider, and is working on a change-up. His tall frame gives him excellent leverage on the mound.

Mooneyham hit .379 during his senior season with five homers and 36 RBI and walked 15 times while striking out ten times. Mooneyham shows pretty good patience at the plate and has enough power to hit the ball out to the opposite field on an inside pitch. He has a slow first step but once in motion, he has decent speed. Mooneyham played primarily in rightfield when not pitching where he showed a good ability to read and get to balls to make the catch. He also showed that he could be more than adequate defensively at first, as well, when needed.

Draft Outlook
Mooneyham has a good enough arm and a projectable-enough body to go as high as the supplemental first round. However, he has a strong commitment to Stanford and is advised by Scott Boras which may scare some teams from taking this tall lefty with a lot of upside.

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