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4/26/14 Penn State commit. Ranked No. 45 in Illinois’ 2014 class, No. 211 overall in PBR’s regional coverage area. 6-foot-2, 190-pound, muscular frame. Stiff delivery and actions, stays balanced over the rubber, and repeats delivery well. Stands on the third base side of the rubber, throwing across body, keeping momentum in-line with home plate. Lead foot lands closed at 11 o’clock, blocking off hips, spins on foot to get through and get extension towards home plate. Landing closed makes upper body spin off and get rotational at times. Creates deception with short arm action, ball stays hidden longer by staying closed in delivery. Makes average high school fastball for a lefty play up and get on hitters quickly. Sat 82-83 in the first, touching 85. Reports as high as 88 in showcase/short relief settings. Struggled to command fastball to glove side, located better away from right handed hitters, with occasional arm side run. Fastball sat 79-82 in later innings, but was impressed by the ability to reach back for 84 in the 6th and 7thwith men on base in scoring position. Showed advanced feel for a curveball with 11/5 action, two-plane, late break, go to pitch in pressure situations. Several strikeouts looking on curveball, jelly legging hitters. Used curve in 2-0, 3-2 counts, landed it for a strike, back door’ed it, and buried it down for swing strikeouts in 0-2, 1-2 counts. Change flashed 72-74 in between innings. In game, threw some pitches 78-79 with changeup bottom and action. Firm, but could also have been two seam fastball. Walked five and hit three. Wildness came in bunches in 2nd and 7th innings, but showed ability to come back and make pitches. Extremely impressed with mound presence and competitiveness. Leadership on the gridiron transfers over to the diamond. Elevated game with men on base.
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