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Prospect Q & A: Shay Crawford (Part 1)

Shay Crawford pitching for UAB in 2009.

Shay Crawford was a 41st round round draft pick by the Rays in the 2011 June Amateur Draft after resurrecting his career with a tremendous senior year at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. I talked to Crawford last week about his college career, what getting drafted was like, his off-season preparations, and his experience last year as a first-year pro. Inside is Part 1 of the interview.

Rays Digest: First of all I was wondering if you could give me a scouting report on yourself in terms of what kinds of pitches you throw and stuff like that. Shay Crawford: I'm primarily a fast ball, breaking ball pitcher. I throw two-seam fast balls and this summer they were 88-90 (mph) - maybe touching 91 sometimes - and I kind of work off that. Then I have a slider, that really improved...

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