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Draftee Knapp brings professional coaching

Growing up, right-hander Ricky Knapp learned how to pitch from a professional. The instruction of his father, former Tigers pitching coach Rick Knapp, shaped his development into the next Florida Gulf Coast product to be taken in the First-Year Player Draft.

Knapp has the kind of feel for the game and pitchability that might be expected for the son of a pitching coach. He adds and subtracts from his fastball as the situation dictates, but generally throws around 90 mph. He also throws a changeup, which is his best pitch, as well as a curveball and a slider.

As a junior this season, he made the Atlantic Sun All-Conference First Team behind a 9-3 record and 2.10 ERA. In three seasons with the Eagles, he went 23-8 with a 2.92 ERA in 283 1/3 innings.

Knapp commands his whole arsenal well, and all four of his pitches have a chance to be at least Major League-average offerings.

Chris Iseman is an associate reporter for
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