Cape Cod League Pitchers(Part One)

No big intro today, let’s jump right into the pitchers.

RHP Griffin Roberts(Jr.-Wake Forest)-Wareham Gateman

Draft eligible sophomore Griffin Roberts was drafted in the 29th round by the Minnesota Twins, but he decided that he was going to return to Wake Forest for his junior season. Roberts has a fastball that sits at 92-95 and tops out at 97 as well as a slider in the low 80’s. Roberts last season had 80 strikeouts in 53.1 innings(13.5 K/9) but he also had 32 walks(5.40 BB/9). With those numbers he projects to be a reliever unless he can improve his control and add a third pitch. In the Cape this year, he has shown great command though with 4 walks in 28 innings while having over a strikeout per inning and a 1.93 ERA. It will be interesting to see where he goes in the draft next year. If his Cape numbers translate this year with Wake Forest, I think he might breakout and be a top 5 round pick.

LHP Kris Bubic(Jr.-Stanford)-Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox

Bubic is more of a conventional starter the Roberts is. This year at Stanford he has 3 pitch mix that includes a fastball that is ranges from 88-91 with some tail as well as a curve in the mid 70’s and a changeup in the high 70’s. But he’s increased his velocity this year in the Cape to sitting in the low 90’s as well as getting the changeup in the 80’s. His curveball has also gotten sharper, as reported by Frankie Piliere of D1 baseball. His changeup has always been his best pitch, but it seems that it has gotten better while in the Cape and apparently his curve has as well. I was not really sold on his curve, but if he can continue this development I think it has potential to be an above average pitch to go with his potentially plus changeup. Bubic had a great season with Stanford last year as their Friday starter after Beck went down, putting up a 9.56 K/9 against a 3.09 BB/9 and a 2.79 ERA. He’s continued his success with the Red Sox by having 32 strikeouts and 7 walks with a 1.95 ERA in 27.2 innings. Right now I say he is a 20-30 round pick, but look for him to go up the boards as next season progresses.

RHP Austin Bergner(So-North Carolina)-Chatham Anglers

For some reason I thought that Bergner wasn’t eligible until 2019, but turns out he is a draft eligible sophomore. Bergner has already been drafted, going in the 38th round by the Red Sox out of high school in 2016. He probably should have gone much higher as he was ranked 165 by Baseball America but he was firm in his commitment of playing college ball. Bergner already is throwing mid 90’s and has a changeup that sits in the low to high 80s. He also has a curve in the low 80’s. Bergner’s delivery is not the smoothest and he short arms it., and his velocity is iffy at times. At times he’s sitting at mid 90’s and other times it’s in the low 90’s, which is concerning to some. I think that shows that his conditioning is not there yet, but I can’t say that for certain. Also could be because of his short arm delivery.What I can say for certain is that he has amazing run and sink on his fastball. If he can consistently sit mid 90s and have that movement, it is a plus fastball for sure. He had a solid freshman year with the Tar Heels, posting a 3.00 ERA in 48 innings, but he only had a 8.44 K/9, which is slightly disappointing for a power pitcher. Also, he walked a lot of batters, recording a 4.69 BB/9. Bergner’s Cape season has gone a bit better as he has a 9.35 K/9 and 3.11 BB/9. Hopefully Austin puts together a great sophomore year for the Tar Heels and gets drafted in the first round, I think he has the potential to do it.

Hopefully you enjoyed reading this. I think that this has been my favorite post to write so far for whatever reason. Also, check out the video Matt Antonelli did on the Cape Cod League, I think you might find it interesting. If you like what you read, please follow the blog on Twitter and WordPress so that you will be notified whenever I have a new post up. Thank you.

 

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