Sunday, February 10, 2013

Weatherford College (Spring 2013)

I saw Weatherford College Play on February 8th, mainly to see Jacob Stone pitch. I have seen Weatherford play several times over the last calender year, so I don't writeup a lot of the players, but there are some notes on a few different players here. Here is my article on Jacob Stone, but this post is on the rest of the team. I noticed that a lot of the Coyotes seem to have some kind of hitch in their swing that makes it harder for them to get around on fastballs. That is, it took a while for their swings to get started, and you could get inside on them.

Paxton Delagarza is a Freshman shortstop that was a pre-season All American as a senior at Coronado (Lubbock) high school. Originally a Missouri commit, he doesn't have much speed, as I got him at 4.47 to first base. He also didn't have great bat speed, and his swing got a little long as he was clearly trying to pull the ball.

Tyler Lewis doesn't look like a first baseman (thought that is where he played), and he isn't built like one either (listed at 5-11, 185), but the freshman ran a 8.65 on a double, which is really slow. He made a good play on defense, but at the plate he was eaten up on breaking pitches, as he lunges heavily in his swing.

Cole Fiola is a freshman outfielder from Denton (Guyer) that showed a quick bat (and stung the ball hard), but he didn't really show great running abilities. The small left-hander hit .329 as a senior (.415 OBP) in college, which in context, isn't that great of batting average.

Sophomore Outfielder Collin Sefcik runs pretty well, even though his running form seems really strange. At the plate, the left-handed batter really struggled with a right-hander changeup. As a freshman, he played in 25 games but really struggled, with a .295 OBP, with just 1 extra base hit and no steals.

Skyler Wheeler was the first reliever, and I saw him and wrote about him in the fall. He was grunting pretty audibly, and that delivery has to be pretty effort filled:

His breaking ball looked good, and he got good movement on all his pitches, but he was a little too fine and it to a couple of walks. However, he was wild and threw pitches to both sides of the plate. He wasn't throwing particularly hard and didn't throw a lot of fastballs (and didn't throw many strikes with them when he did). The ball was hit really well off of him, and hitters were able to get under his breaking ball.

Dustin Emmons was used as the closer, and scouts that had left (at least, left their seats) came back to watch him pitch:

His fastball sat between 86-88 MPH, and his breaking ball was between 76-80 MPH.

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