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    Tony Pente talks Daniel Ayers

    Ayers has pitched 42 innings this season and has a 3-0 record, one save and a 0.83 ERA. He has struck out 80 batters, while issuing just 23 walks. This past month, he was ranked No. 175 on the Baseball America 2013 Draft Top 250 Scouting Report.

    In the first game of the 2013 season, Ayers fanned 14 of the first 15 batters against Fishers High School. He then had a 13-K, one-hit performance against Bloomington North High School and threw another one-hitter against rival Columbus East, tallying 10 K's in that game. He struck out a season-high 16 batters against Perry Meridian. Ayers went on to toss three consecutive complete-game shutouts.

    Ayers is listed as having a low-90's fastball and was named preseason honorable mention All-American. He carries a No. 2 ranking among high school players in the state of Indiana by Prep Baseball Report.. In 2012, Ayers was an all-state honorable mention and first team all-conference.

    - Although Ayers doesn’t require much physical projection at 6’3”, 205 pounds, the fact that he already features two plus pitches makes it less of a concern.

    While the left-hander’s stuff has fallen off a bit over the course of the spring, he’s still shown a live fastball in the low-90s that’s reached 94 mph. Ayers’ curveball remains one of the more underrated secondary pitches in the class, as it’s a true swing-and-miss offering in the upper-70s and effective against both right- and left-handed hitters.

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