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Top 10 Profiles of 2022: No. 3 Zander Mueth

By: Peter Hamot
Area Scout, Staff Writer

Cracking the countdown at No. 3 is Mississippi commit Zander Mueth (Belleville East, 2023). Mueth has long been regarded as one of the top pitchers in not only the state, but also the country. Mueth has the type of arm that can take over a game from start to finish, and he was a large part in his high school team’s success over the spring - helping them to a 27-9 record and final Power-25 ranking of No. 20 to conclude the spring season. 

Currently slotted at No. 2 within the state’s rankings and No. 29 overall, it is no question that the Ole Miss bound right-hander is a special talent. Listed at an uber-projectable 6-foot-5, 190-pounds, Mueth moves down the mound with remarkable ease and fluidity - which when paired with his lightning quick arm produces velocities easily into the mid-90s. Opposing hitters can’t just sit on the heater though, as he holds a viscous slider in his back pocket that has shown flashes of being plus in previous looks. When you add his changeup into the mix you’re looking at a legitimate starter profile that holds some of the most electric stuff in the entire country. 

Look for Mueth to only trend upwards into the new year as he continues to harness his control over his repertoire, and don't be surprised to see an up-tick in velocity either. 

No. 3 Zander Mueth 

Zander Mueth

Class of 2023 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: RHP
  • High School: Belleville East
    State: IL
  • Summer Team: GBA
  • Height: 6-6
    Weight: 210lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Scouting Report


Mississippi commit, currently ranked No. 1 in the Illinois 2023 class and No. 11 in the country. Long-limbed, elastic frame, standing 6-foot-5, 190-pounds, ultra-projectable and fluid moving. Mueth got the start against No. 1 Edwardsville and went 3.2 innings while racking up five punchouts to just one walk, one hit and didn’t allow a single run. The right-hander’s arm is ultra loose throughout his arm swing into release, playing long out of the glove and into a ¾ slot with effortless arm-speed. Down the mound, it is hard to find many pitchers that replicate the fluidity and flexibility of Mueth; coiling into balance point with a high leg-kick before moving down the mound with an athletic drop/drive lower-half, creating elite hip/shoulder separation at foot strike with impressive mobility throughout, also controlling his long limbs with ease and repeating consistently. Mueth’s fastball explodes out of the hand with heavy sinking action to the arm-side, sitting 93-95 mph, mostly 94-95 and topping out at 96 mph; locating often to the outer half of the plate to righties and missing barrels constantly. The separator in Mueth’s arsenal is his wipeout slider; thrown with fastball arm-speed and out of a near identical release window, diving off a 10/4 plane with late/sharp action and kept down, 80-82 mph - also collecting a number of swing-and-misses. He flashed a changeup very briefly in his outing at 83 mph, playing with heavy fading action to the arm-side and coming out of a similar fastball release slot. It is hard to find anyone in the country with the pure electricity that Mueth possesses on the mound; already able to control his long limbs, we can surely expect to only see an up-tick in velocity as he continues to develop physically. 



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