College Crosscheck: Week Three Pitchers
March 5, 2020
This week College Crosscheck took me to Minneapolis for the Cambria College Classic, which featured Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State from the ACC against Big Ten opponents Iowa, Purdue and the host Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Friday’s action was highlighted by the electric pitching performance of Max Meyer (Minnesota) who unleashed a 112-pitch complete game with 14 strikeouts against the Tar Heels. Saturday featured NC State lefty Nick Swiney sitting down 22 Boilermakers in a row. And Sunday saw the Wolfpack win the Classic with a perfect 3-0 record with their late night Sunday 11-7 W over the Gophers.
Iowa led the Big Ten with a 2-1 record that included wins over Duke and North Carolina.
Meyer was selected tournament MVP while Zack Raabe (Minnesota) led the Classic with a .583 batting average (7-for-12).
North Carolina State
Please note that grades given, such as average, above average, plus, etc. are evaluated on a professional baseball level, not compared to college peers. Day One refers to overall picks 1 through 37. Day Two Rounds 2-10. Day Three Rounds 11-40.
No. 30 Bryce Jarvis, RHP- Quick-armed righty is not very physical, with a smedium frame and standing closer to 6-foot than his listed height of 6-foot-2, 190 pounds. However, he is athletic and explosive. From a high slot the junior ace is quick twitch and repeats his delivery. He has a super quick arm that generated fastballs up to 94 mph, accompanied by plenty of action at the plate. His average fastball release point of 5.62’ is not optimal, but he does deliver it with good downward plane creating an above average vertical break of 18.6”. He’s able to change shape and velocity on his 77-79 mph above-average curve ball (upper-2300 spin rate), turning it into an 82-84 mph slider when he wants to. He has another quality...