2013 Prospect Watch: Kyle Pluta (St. Ignatius)

Thu November 3, 2011

Kyle Pluta, a 6-foot-3, 160-pound prospect from St. Ignatius, is one of the many talented 2013 pitchers from northeast Ohio.

Pluta, who uses a high ¾ arm slot, has an athletic, thin build. His fastball, which tends to be straight, sat at 81-84 mph this fall. His curveball, which is his most effective off-speed pitch, has 11/4 movement and fluctuates between 68-72 mph. His changeup, which needs additional development, sits at 71-73 mph.

With a projectable frame and live arm, Pluta will be one to follow next spring.

In order to attract the attention of college coaches, he knows that he needs to show more than his size and talents.

“My strength as a pitcher is the ability to give my team a chance to win, even when I do not have my best stuff. This past year, I have learned a lot about the mental part of pitching, and what it takes off the field to be successful.”

As he starts the recruiting process, Pluta says, “As a kid, I always wished these days would come and they are a lot of fun.”

Presently, he has only heard from a couple of small schools, but he will surely see the doors of opportunity continue to open as he progresses into next summer.

This fall, Pluta several camps, including prospect clinics at Kent State and Ohio State as well as the Ed Santa Showcase in Morgantown, WV.

Later this winter, Pluta will head south to the Perfect Game National Underclass Showcase.

Next summer, Pluta will continue to play for Premier Baseball Academy.

During his sophomore campaign, Pluta managed a 3-1 record amidst the horrible weather in the northeast part of the state.

He has a 2.5 GPA and is scheduled to take the ACT and SAT in the coming months.