Borden was the last of the top ten round picks to sign. He was seeking an over-slot deal, but ended up signing for exactly slot. It's possible that he was also holding out for slot, since a few players in the top ten rounds signed for below slot value.
Borden sits in the low 90s with his fastball, and reaches as high as 96. He throws a curve and a changeup, but neither pitch is strong. He improved his command during his junior year, and was named the Mountain West Co-Pitcher of the Year with first rounder Braden Shipley. Borden will probably be used as a starter in Jamestown. Long-term he will probably get a shot as a starter, but his ability to remain in the rotation will depend on whether he can improve his secondary stuff.
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