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2015 MLB Draft: Rays select college closer Brandon Koch in 4th

In the fourth round of the draft, the Rays have selected Brandon Koch, a hard throwing righty from Dallas Baptist University. Koch has two plus pitches, his fastball in the upper 90's and a slider in the high 80's that he can mix in to keep opposing hitters off balance. He projects to be a reliever, as he is now, with the chance of being a decent set-up man or closer in his career.

When you see his scouting video, he has an abrupt violent delivery, but he possesses plus stuff. Koch is currently 21 years old and turns 22 in December, he's 5'11 and weighs 185 lbs.

Over the course of three seasons with Dallas, Koch is 11-5 with a 1.98 ERA, to go along with a 14.67 K/9 and 4.86 BB/9 in 73 games and 100 innings pitched.

Here's's desription of Koch.

Koch's heater sits at 92-94 mph and touches 96. It can be overpowering at times, though it also can be hittable because it's fairly straight and he leaves it up in the strike zone more than he should. His best offering is actually his tight 84-87 mph slider, one of the best breaking balls in the Draft. Koch relies heavily on his slider, which leads to concerns about his long-term health, as does his maximum-effort delivery