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Scouting Jays Prospect #48: Daryl Harang
Name: Daryl Harang
DOB: November 19, 1982
Harang has some good bloodlines in his. His older brother, Aaron, has been a successful major league pitcher for the past few years, and a few scouts project Daryl as a pitcher who can also reach the major leagues.
"He's helped me out the most," said the younger Harang of his brother. "I talk to him every couple days. After I throw I call him, and after he throws, he calls me. If we both have bad games, we might not talk to each other that night, but the next day we'll talk. Certain things come up here that I'm learning, and I'll ask him, and he'll give me feedback from what he's learned."
"I was more of an infielder growing up, until high school. Then I played a lot of outfield, first base and pitched a lot. I was one of the top pitchers on my high school team. As far as our competitiveness, we didn't find ourselves competing too much. We never got a chance to play against each other or with each other. I think that might have been different had that happened. I definitely look forward to the opportunity to play against him."
Harang has not been pitcher for a long time. While playing at San Diego State the coaching staff decided to move him to the pitchers mound permanently.
"It was the coach's decision. Actually, I wanted to keep hitting. I love hitting. I've always been pretty good at it. Going into my sophomore year, it was Coach Dietz's idea to focus on pitching that year, the next year I could try hitting again."
"I never got the chance to try hitting again."
The southpaw has been used strictly out of the bullpen in professional baseball, and while most pitchers might prefer to start, Harang does not.
"I prefer relieving," he told InsideTheDome. "I think most people prefer starting. You only have to worry about throwing every fifth day. I just have the personality that I want to get in the game, and I want to play everyday. I want to be that guy they can use out of the bullpen two or three days in a row, and come in tight situations."
"I do the same thing everyday. I come to the field everyday and prepare myself to throw, unless I hear from the coach that I'm not throwing that day. Then I try to get other guys into the game, cheer for them, and pull for them."
The role of reliever suites Harang fine, as a result of his makeup. He does not need long to warm up, and often goes right after batters.
"I try to stay strong mentally, and try not to go overboard in the bullpen warming up. For some relievers, it takes them quite awhile to warm up. It will take me 10 pitches to get ready to go into the game. It doesn't take me too much. It maybe takes one hitter for me to get hot."
Repertoire: Fastball, slider, changeup
Fastball: Although he does not throw in the mid-to upper 90s, Harang, possesses a good fastball. He has good command of it, can locate it both north and south, as well as both corners of the strike zone.
Secondary Pitches: The left-handed pitcher's best pitch is his slider. He uses his out his strikeout pitch, and his go-to pitch. His fastball is a tad below his slider, but also an effective pitch.
On the Mound: Harang needs to work on being more consistent with his pitches, and keep them down in the zone.
Projection: As he noted himself, he will remain a reliever in professional baseball. Since he's a left-hander, he will be given more opportunities to showcase himself.
2007 Outlook: Expect Harang to begin the 2007 season out of the bullpen with Double-A New Hampshire. The organization has kept it slow for him as far as his progression, however, if he pitches well, he could expect a promotion around midseason.
ETA: Late 2008-2009 : This coming season will be a big one for Harang. He will have to show the organization he can handle Double-A, and if he does so, good things will happen fast.
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