The New York Mets selected Louisville reliever Matt Koch with the 107th pick in the third round of the 2012 MLB Draft on Tuesday.
A scouting report for Koch, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound righty, follows courtesy of MLB.com's Draft Tracker.
While Koch has shared closing duties with senior Derek Self at Louisville this season, he's still shown enough with a good two-pitch power repertoire to garner some attention. The lean, wiry and strong right-hander will throw his fastball up to 94 mph, sitting comfortably a tick below that. There's some good life to the heater as well, and he commands it well. He also throws strikes with a hard slider that has good bite and depth. Koch seems to have the right mentality for a life in short relief, showing a willingness to take the ball at the end of the game and go right after hitters. Two Major League average or better power pitches with good command should be enough to get Koch drafted early and should help him move up the ladder quickly.
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