CWS 2013: Top Pitchers to Watch as Tournament Plays on
With bat regulations and the expansive TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb., pitchers can shine in the College World Series. And some talented arms are throwing there this year.
These three hurlers are full of potential and appear destined for a future in the majors.
Carlos Rodon, LHP, North Carolina State
If things progress for Carlos Rodon like they have during his first two years at North Carolina State, the bulky left-hander is almost a lock to be selected No. 1 in next year's MLB draft.
For starters, he has the size and delivery that suggest he can handle being a starter for years to come. More importantly, he has the stuff to be a true top-of-the-rotation pitcher.
He can hit upper 90s on the gun and maintain his velocity deep into games. He also has control with his heater. That is evidenced by his 296-81 strikeout-to-walk ratio during his first two college years.
Also, he has more than just a fastball. He features a nice cutter and a slider that could already get big league hitters out. To go with that, he has a developing splitter.
There is no way to evaluate this talented youngster and see anything but success for his pro career.
Andrew Moore, RHP, Oregon State
Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Andrew Moore, has been a great addition to the quality pitching at Oregon State. During the regular season, he went 14-1 with a 1.36 ERA. He did that over 119 innings and had a 70-26 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
His 14 wins tied an Oregon State record and put him first in the nation along with Vanderbilt’s Tyler Beede in the wins category.
He is just 5'11" and 180 pounds, which will raise some concerns about his long-term prospects, but he has shown the ability to work comfortably deep into games.
His low 90s fastball is not overpowering, but he has solid control and good natural movement. He looks to be a good third starter on a solid staff in the bigs.
Adam Plutko, RHP, UCLA
Adam Plutko has put together three solid seasons at UCLA. In this past regular season, the junior right-hander went 8-3 with an ERA of 2.35. He pitched 111 innings while racking up 77 strikeouts to just 27 walks.
The 6'3", 192-pound hurler has a nice delivery with a three-quarters arm slot and a good body for starting. He also proved he can be an innings eater. In 2012, he pitched a team-high 119.2 innings and pitched 107.2 in his freshman year.
He isn't going to overpower hitters, as his fastball hovers in the upper 80s, low 90s range. He is more of a fly-ball pitcher than a strikeout one. But he does have a nice off-speed offering, featuring a slow, big-breaking slider, decent curve and changeup.
Plutko will have to dial in his control to be a legitimate starter in the pros, but he has the potential to do it.
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