The Diamondbacks may have made a similar find in Ben Dollar, who made his home in South Carolina before signing. The Presbyterian College pitcher has a similar build to Mahon, but his fastball doesn't have quite the zip or the sink that Mahon's does yet, sitting comfortably at 90-92 MPH while Mahon gets his heavy sinker to 95-96.
"They knew I could throw hard," Dollar said. "My scout (Howard McCullough) said that my size and stature was more appealing [than the velocity]. That's really what got me here."
Mahon required professional coaching to attain his potential, however. The 6-foot-4 right-hander posted an ERA over 5.00 in each of his four seasons playing for the University of Minnesota. Similarly, Dollar posted a 6.18 ERA in his junior year at Presbyterian College and a 7.76 ERA this season.
The Diamondbacks were not the only team interested in Dollar. The Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, and Washington Nationals had also spoken to him, with the Pirates additionally holding a tryout for the big right-hander. Dollar has reported to Yakima, but has yet to pitch for the Bears.
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