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In 1999, Mark Wasinger was a scout for the San Diego Padres who traveled to Semmes, Ala., to watch a 17-year-old high school pitching prospect.
His name was Jake Peavy.
“He was very, very impressive,” Wasinger recalled. “He had movement, he had flexibility. And most of all, he was just a competitor. He would see a hitter, see how he set up in the box and know exactly how to work him. He saw their weaknesses and could think two, three pitches ahead. You don’t normally see that at that age.”
Wasinger said Peavy was on the radar of almost every team.
“But in the end, it came down to his size,” Wasinger said.
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