College Crosscheck: TCU vs. McLennan


Toby Bicknell
Texas Scouting Director

FT. WORTH, TX - On Sunday TCU hosted McLennan Junior College in a fall scrimmage. The Horned Frogs lineup could look a lot different this year with the addition of multiple junior college players. Kudos to the coaching staff for adding a number of pieces that look to have an immediate impact. For now, let’s take a look at some of the top arms that toed the rubber on Sunday.

Pitchers:

Nick Lodolo, JR, LHP
At 6-foot-6, 202-pounds, the left-hander has a lean-strong, proportionate frame with tons of long term projection and upside. Working from a ¾ slot, he has a loose-quick arm stroke and low-effort delivery, he gets his hand out front releasing all three pitches from the same tunnel. His fastball was 92-93, topping out at 94 several times on the scoreboard as well as other guns in the stands. Stays on top of his curveball which comes out on the same plane as his fastball, making it tough for hitters to pick up. The pitch has tight rotation and 2/8 shape with late breaking depth. Only threw a couple of changeups at 86 mph, leaving one up in the zone. Surgical outing for the junior, facing the minimum in three innings, getting two punchouts in the firsts, one in the second, and inducing weak contact overall. The long term projection is what is most intriguing for Lodolo, as he shows real feel with elite stuff and two plus pitches.

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