Sun February 12, 2012
Andrew McDonald, RHP, Mason, Class of 2013
This summer, college coaches will be flocking to see the 17U Cincinnati Flames.
While talented southpaw Zach Farmer will rightly earn a great deal of attention, there are a host of other talented Division I prospects on the roster.
Andrew McDonald, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound right-handed pitcher from Mason High School, recently made his case for attention at PBR’s first Pre-Season Underclass Showcase in Dayton.
McDonald, just one of several talented pitchers on the Flames’ roster, registered a fastball touching up to 89 mph at the winter event. (Last summer, he topped out at 92 mph at the Premier World Series in Texas.)
The big, projectable righty attributes his development to “many hours of pitching drills, pitching lessons and learning from in-game corrections.” Furthermore, he specifically notes, “Josh Spring, my personal pitching coach for the last 5 years, has been the most instrumental in developing me into a pitcher.”
Still, he identifies areas of improvement, “My change up has always been my go-to off-speed pitch, but I need to improve on throwing my curve ball. I need to tighten it up and have better command of it.”
Since the showcase on January 28th, McDonald has begun to receive additional attention from a variety of schools including Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Kent State, Indiana State, and High Point.
To date, the junior has attended camps at Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and Purdue.
While he is early in the recruiting process, McDonald notes, “I am looking for a school that has a good pitching program, good academics in the engineering field and be within driving distance from Ohio.”
He goes on to say, “I would like to have a college commitment early this summer.”
This spring, McDonald will be a member of a talented Mason team that also includes top underclass prospects such as TJ Zeuch, Connor McVey, and Lee Sponseller.
The articulate prospect currently holds a 3.57 accumulative grade point average. He took the SAT in November, and he took the ACT on February 11th.
McDonald's player analysis from 1/28:
Big body, somewhat imposing on mound. Long arms. Good delivery - has improved balance. Moderate arm speed through 3/4 slot - good extension. Aggressive with fastball, shows good run life (86-89 mph) with slurvy type hard breaker (77-80). Has decent arm action on change, need to enhance movement (79-80). Around plate with control. Definite major D-1 to possible HS draft prospect. Has body all scouts look for. Is already on a lot of D-1 radars.