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Padres take chance on first-year college arm

Justin Livengood is an older prospect, but he has a young arm.

The 23-year old senior out of North Carolina-Wilmington pitched for the first time in his college career this season, but the Padres still selected the right-hander Friday in the 10th round (298th overall) of the First-Year Player Draft.

When the Padres selected him, they knew that his arm still has a lot of innings left on it.

The 6-foot-3, 215 pounder went 1-3 in 29 relief appearances with a 2.94 ERA. He struck out 48 against 26 walks and 28 hits in 33 2/3 innings.

He was an all-conference pitcher at Ledford (N.C.) High School and went 10-0 with a 1.01 ERA during his senior season.

His fastball can get up to 95 mph, and he complements it with a curveball.

"We're hoping we can get him into the Minor Leagues, fix his delivery a little bit, and hope that stuff plays well in the zone," said Padres director of scouting Billy Gasparino.

Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for
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