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Mahalic Ready For Game One Assignment

Mahalic Ready For Game One Assignment
September 3, 2008
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Cleveland Indians Single-A affiliate Lake County is ready to kick things off tonight in the South Atlantic League (SAL) playoffs. The best-of-three series against the West Virginia Power (Milwaukee Brewers) will see Game 1 played tonight in West Virginia at 7:05 PM, and then move to Lake County for Game 2 on Friday night at 7:05 PM and then if necessary Game 3 on Saturday in Lake County at 7:05 PM.

On the hill making the start in the crucial playoff opener for the Captains will be 19-year old right-hander Joey Mahalic. Mahalic is a 32nd round pick in the 2007 Draft out of high school in Oregon, and in just over a year has moved swiftly through the system putting up some impressive numbers at a young age. In the Gulf Coast League last year Mahalic went 2-0 with a 4.88 ERA in seven games (four starts), and this year at Lake County went 7-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 20 starts.

Mahalic throws a sinking fastball that consistently sits around 90-91 MPH and tops out as high as 94 MPH. His sinker ball has good late movement, and he complements it with a slider and changeup. He was the High School Player of the Year in Oregon last year, and was a player after the draft that Indians Scouting Director John Mirabelli dubbed as their biggest sleeper in last year

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