One of the few high-schoolers to eclipse the 100 mark.
Nice link 7. :bigtup: This is an interesting young pitcher for several reasons. Obviously his velocity is the attention grabber but it’s the manner in which he achieves it that raises some questions.
Stetson has not spent much time on the mound according to reports, and was a closer up until this year. It’s been said he has a Jekyll and Hide demeanor depending whether he is playing in the field or on the mound. Easy going as a position player he apparently becomes a beast when on the mound.
With clear intent to throw the living ---- out of the baseball Stetson is accompanied by some of the wildness often seen in young pitchers of this type. His mechanics may appear “unpolished” to many scouts, but reveal a raw untamed intent that many of today’s “well schooled” usually don’t have. His extremely violent release does involve some head snapping (gotta hold on to that hat) and a whirling follow through similar to the Dominican pitchers after Pedro. (See Feliz)
His leg lift and path into landing are particularly interesting. While it’s been established that pausing at the balance point is not an efficient way of transferring momentum…kills it in truth…many of today’s pitchers are still very “down and out” with their lifting leg. Difficult to describe, after leg lift Stetson is not simply going straight “down”, as has been been taught by many, but is also moving “out” toward home plate. Some might characterize it as a high “step over” move. But it’s the leg height while going out toward landing, which is unique and harkens back to some old school mechanics. When this move is well executed all of the potential energy from the high leg lift gets sucked up and transferred up the chain. There is a tendency to land hard however, when not well executed. My guess is Stetson was not actually taught this detail and has no idea he his doing it; rather it’s simply a positive consequence of his menacing intent.
Stetson is starting in a place similar to Koufax, Gibson, Ryan, Gossage and many others who threw hard but were wild. Unlike much of the immediate gratification world in which we currently live, some organizations actually had the patience to allow them three to five years, or longer, to develop. Need I point out, this culminated in HOF contributions to the teams that were willing to stick it out? Depending on the round you’re drafted in today, you usually have two years to start throwing strikes in a zone much smaller than what you threw to back in high school, or be gone. Imagine if the above-mentioned pitchers were only given 2 to 3 years? College coaches are often under pressure to win so understandably the situation there is sometimes approached with even less patience.
Fortunately for Stetson he has options beyond pitching, which he appears to be inclined to try first. Someone is going to make a big offer here with any hint that he might forgo NC. Will be interesting to see how this develops.