HOF CLASS OF '12
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Springfield, Ohio
Re: 2009 Draft Info
5th Round #149 Overall Daniel Tuttle RHP Randleman (NC) HS
Player Name: Daniel Tuttle
Position: Starting Pitcher
School: Randleman HS (N.C.)
School Type: High School
Academic Class: Senior
Weight: 185 lbs.
Report Date(s): 03/06/09
Game(s): West Davidson HS
Focus Area Comments
Fastball: Tuttle threw his fastball anywhere between 88 and 94 mph and sat comfortably at 90-91 mph.
Fastball movement: Tuttle has plus sink on his fastball.
Slider: He has a plus slider.
Changeup: His changeup is just OK ... a work in progress.
Control: His command was bad in the summer, good again early, then bad again.
Poise: Has decent mound presence.
Physical Description: Tuttle isn't all that big, kind of medium sized and isn't overly physical. He uses a low three-quarters delivery.
Medical Update: Healthy.
Strengths: Arm strength and good pure stuff, with two above-average to plus pitches and a third that has a chance.
Weaknesses: Command, largely because of delivery problems. He doesn't always keep his direction to the plate.
Summary: There's a lot to like about Tuttle, the North Carolina prep star. He has a great arm with good pure stuff, highlighted by a plus slider and a fastball he can run up to 94 mph. He also has the makings of a changeup. What he doesn't always have is consistent command, affected by a somewhat unorthodox delivery that he has trouble repeating. Still, there's plenty to work with for any team that decides to take him on Draft Day.
Daniel Tuttle RHP Sr. R-R 6-2 185 Randleman Randleman, N.C. North Carolina State 8/21/1990
SCOUTING PROFILE (3/1): Tuttle is a loose-armed righthander who shares many physical similarities with Jake Odorizzi, the Milwaukee Brewers supplemental first-round pick in the 2008 draft. Like Odorizzi, Tuttle has an extended three-quarters to mid-three-quarters release point, and a whippy-like arm action that puts plenty of spin and late sinking action on a fastball that frequently reaches 92-93 mph. Tuttle also throws both a low-80s slider that has a big, sweeping 10-to-4 type of break, and a softer curveball with a similar shape. The slider is his better breaking pitch and has plenty of potential if Tuttle can consistently stay on top of the pitch. A changeup is a fourth pitch in his arsenal, but it isnít a factor yet, mainly because Tuttle has been used as a closer in high school. As a junior in that role, he went. 1-0, 0.17 with eight saves, along with eight walks and 48 strikeouts in 21 innings. He is a quality athlete who plays shortstop when he isnít pitching, and should take a step forward when heís able to concentrate just on pitching at the next level. Tuttle isnít a polished product yet. He has some effort in his release that leads to command problems against better hitters, but heís loose and projectable with top-level present stuff.óDAVID RAWNSLEY
UPDATE (5/15): From a raw stuff standpoint, Tuttle ranks near the top of his class as he has three potential average- to above-average pitches. His fastball sat in the 90-93 mph range this spring, topping out at 96. His slider also showed potential plus life at times and he had the makings of a solid split-finger. Stuff aside, Tuttle did not impress scouts this spring with his approach while ringing up a 3-2, 1.10 record with 10 walks and 74 strikeouts in 37 innings, mostly as a starter. He showed a very elementary level of pitching skill, with little or no aptitude how to maximize his stuff. He was very raw, even helter-skelter in establishing a consistent arm slot, repeating his delivery, making adjustments and in his body language. Still, he has the kind of electric, whip-like arm that is difficult to find, and itís likely that a team will find him too tempting to pass over much beyond the fifth round.óJEFF SIMPSON
Aflac All American Player Bio:
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 185 lbs.
Position: Right-hand Pitcher
Bats: R Throws: R
Hometown: Randleman, NC
High School: Randleman Senior High School
Off the field with Daniel...
Daniel Tuttle spends almost all of his time playing baseball, but when he does have some spare time, he spends it hunting, running or playing video games. He's also found time to volunteer with his local Challenger League softball games and helped out with the City of Randleman's Parks & Recreation Department. At Randleman High, his team has a pre-game ritual to meet at Roscoe's cafe for breakfast. His favorite MLB player is Michael Barrett because Barrett is involved with Daniel's WWBA Georgia Roadrunner's team.
Daniel has overcome some tough challenges to get to where he is today. In August of 2002, two days after his 12th birthday, he was involved in a near fatal car crash. He sustained multiple internal injuries and had to be rushed to an emergency surgery; he spent five weeks thereafter as a patient at Brenner's Children's Hospital at Wake Forest University's Medial Center. Since then, he has recovered fully and is now one of the top pitchers in the nation.
President George Bush, because he faces difficult challenges everyday and remains positive.
Hit PLAY on his MP3 player and you might hear...
Catch him before a game and you'll find him...
eating breakfast at Roscoe's Caf�.
He's kind of a big deal...
Threw noĖhitter as a freshman
All-Conference (2007 and 2008)
Something you may not know about Daniel is...
his favorite TV show is Family Guy.
BA SB K's RBI Hits HR ERA IP
.341 6 24 15 27 4 2.00 25
.357 9 ?? 22 25 5 1.66 24
.373 10 21 20 28 5 .071 14