Mahalic Ready For Game One Assignment
September 3, 2008
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