THE FIVE: N. Calif. Uncommitted Pitchers

Blaine Clemmens
Northern California Director of Scouting


N. CALIFORNIA - The calendar has officially flipped to fall and that means some/many pitchers have or will soon shut down their competition season. 

The last day of the current contact period for NCAA D1 coaches to scout off campus is October 13th, which is quickly nearing. We have a couple of events coming up in Northern California, which has us considering some of the uncommitted pitchers we have scouted. Most of these pitchers are presently two-way players at the high school level, which speaks to their athleticism and baseball acumen.

Click on the player's name for their full profile and access to all videos we have gathered of each.

David Rodriguez RHP / Vacaville, CA / 2020

BC's quick take: Classic delivery, feel for how to use his athleticism on the mound, creates leverage in the delivery. Velocity has hovered in mid-80s which has likely kept colleges interested but also likely wanting to see a bit more. When he starts to sit a little more frequently in the mid-upper 80s, he will get offers.

Aidan Lee RHP / Monte Vista Christian, CA / 2020

BC's quick take: Loose quick arm when combined w/his long/strong body and at times plus sink action, makes Lee one of the most attractive uncommitted 2020 pitchers in N CA. He's got a cross-body stride and with his sinker/slider repertoire, creates a scissor effect for hitters to deal with. Have seen up to 87 mph.

Kyle Bender RHP / Vacaville, CA / 2021

BC's quick take: One of the top 2021 pitchers, not just among uncommitted's, Bender has a last name befitting his good breaking ball, but he also has shown velocity up to 89 mph (at ACGU tryout). High-3/4 slot, quick arm, long stride and good release point, the arrow is pointing straight up for him.

Cristian Machado LHP / Heritage, CA / 2021

BC's quick take: Last saw in NCS playoffs and he carved. Unflappable demeanor, showed on two occasions that he relishes the opportunity to throw big games. Has feel for the breaking ball (slider) and combines that with the ability to spot the fastball on both sides. Stuff up to 84 mph, brings to mind Wilson Alvarez.

Owen Dueck LHP / Aptos, CA / 2022

BC's quick take: Lean body, easy arm, three-pitch repertoire... The raw stuff will come along (have seen up to 82 mph) when his delivery gets more consistent and when that happens, Dueck is going to QUICKLY climb among the 2022 pitchers. Coached/developed by former big leaguer Mark Eichhorn.


NorCal Uncommitted Senior Games CA 10/06 College of Marin
NorCal Top Prospect Games CA 10/13 College of Marin


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