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College lefty Mathews goes to Reds at No. 201

College lefty Mathews goes to Reds at No. 201

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College lefty Mathews goes to Reds at No. 201

Kenny Mathews began his college career at Cal State Fullerton before transferring to Riverside City College this year. Despite lacking premium velocity, he succeeded at both Fullerton and Riverside, and the Indians took the left-hander with the 201st overall pick in the First-Year Player Draft.

Mathews' fastball sits in the mid-80s and occasionally touches 89 mph. But his ability to command his fastball allows him to compete without better velocity. Mathews also throws a curveball and a changeup. He can locate his offspeed pitches as well as he does with his fastball and earns high marks for his pitchability.

Mathews is listed at 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, and has proven to be a workhorse, pitching in the rotation and bullpen this season.

Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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