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Friday, February 23, 2018

Singer, Gators bite back

Vincent Cervino        
Photo: Tim Casey

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During the season Perfect Game scouts will be traveling to some of the top series to watch the very best players in college baseball. Those observations, captured with both written notes and video, will be shared in the College Player Database as linked above, notes that can also be accessed on the players' individual PG profile pages. Throughout the season select reports will be shared in feature format to promote the players, the teams and college baseball as a whole.

Brady Singer, RHP, Florida

Brady Singer is the ace of the Florida Gators and the righthander has been getting a lot of draft buzz all spring. Here at Perfect Game he is ranked No. 11 on our list of the Top 250 draft prospects, and there was a lot of heat in to check in on the big righthander during his start against Miami. 

Singer has the prototypical build and size of a frontline righthanded pitcher as he's 6-foot-5, 215-pounds and pretty athletic with room for additional strength and size to add to the frame. He wasn't tested much athletically off the mound, save for a line drive off his foot which caused a brief bit of a concern until he shooed Coach Kevin O'Sullivan and the trainer back to the dugout as he was fine. 

The delivery itself is very fast with a number of moving parts. Singer has a deep rocker step toward first base into his leg lift and gets downhill toward the plate well. The arm action is extremely loose and extremely fast, however the path is late and the arm has to go a long way which showed itself in the form of command issues early in the game. These command issues allowed Singer to fall behind counts routinely and give up lots of hard hit contact on pitches that were hung or not located correctly. 

Singer's fastball was a very strong pitch for him and showed lots of potential down the line. His lower arm slot allows him to create tremendous run and sink on the fastball, which worked 92-95 mph in the first before settling in around 90-92 mph thereon after. The pitch was best when it was leveraged in the lower third of the strike zone as Singer is a sinkerballer whose fastball is virtually impossible to lift when he locates down in the zone.

The slider is the biggest point of contention for Singer as to what kind of draft prospect he is. The pitch worked up to 79 mph during this start and flashed solid average at various points, however, the execution and consistency of the pitch could use improvement. Singer would get under the pitch and it would blend in with a curveball at various points. It wasn't so much of a swing-and-miss type pitch, but he did pound the zone with it and knew which hitters to attack with breaking balls, which shows how cerebral of a pitcher he is. 

Singer's changeup was an underutilized pitch that has lots of potential. The pitch worked in the 84-87 mph range with lots of life and run to the arm side. He throws it with the same conviction and arm speed as the fastball, which allowed the pitch to be dynamite against lefthanded hitters. Singer struggled a bit when commanding in general, so one or two got hit hard, but when he worked that pitch low and away to lefties it was filthy. 

Overall, Singer showed exactly why he is considered to be a first rounder come June as the traits and stuff are all indicative of a high draft pick. He'll have to shore up some of his off-speed stuff for more prolonged success. but Singer is an absolutely exciting pitcher to see on the bump and he'll likely be seen a bunch before this June's draft by a lot of important people.

Tommy Mace, RHP, Florida

It's rare that someone other than a 1:1 candidate creates the buzz that Tommy Mace did in his relief appearance, however the freshman righthander all but stole the show from his teammate Brady Singer. In a four-inning stint for his first career save, Mace allowed zero hits and struck out three batters to close out the victory for the Gators in a road victory over Miami that opened a lot of eyes in the process. 

Mace was well-known last spring coming out of high school as a guy who caught some serious helium toward the end of the spring and into the draft. He was ultimately drafted in the 12th round and opted to go to Gainesville and so far it looks like Coach Kevin O'Sullivan got a good one. Mace is extremely lanky and long, with tons of room to project on that frame and he uses every inch of his 6-foot-6, 205-pound body to get plus extension down the hill. The arm path is full and online, and extremely loose, and he creates tons of downhill plane due to his combination of size and release point. 

Mace mixed all three of his pitches extraordinarily well and sat in the 90-93 mph range while bumping 94 mph in his first inning of work. He could get the pitch to either side of the plate well and showed very good command to the glove side as well. Mace's low effort delivery projects very well for a starting pitcher and he has the repertoire to start, once the Gators start clearing out some of their first round arms. 

Mace has a power breaking ball that is a bit slurve-like in shape but has nasty bite. It projects to be at least an average pitch and showed above average potential at times, too. The pitch had good power and two-plane snap to it that he could locate for strikes but also get some chases on. The real eye-opener during the game was the changeup, that had the makings of a plus pitch down the line with added consistency upon release. The pitch worked in the 84-86 mph range with significant arm-side life and sinking fade as well. The pitch was downright nasty against lefties but he showed enough confidence in it to go against righthanders as well. 

Along with other freshmen Jack Leftwich and Hunter McMullen, Tommy Mace deserves to be alongside them as one of the faces of the next wave of Gators pitchers. Mace stood out on a night full of legitimate draft prospects and will be exciting to follow during his career in Gainesville.

Jeb Bargfeldt, LHP, Miami

Getting the start for Miami on Friday night against Florida was senior Jeb Bargfeldt, who is coming off a huge 2017 campaign that saw his ERA shine at 2.28 while providing 81 quality innings on the mound. Bargfeldt got off to a good start to this season as well but was roughed up a bit for five runs and the loss during the start against the Gators. However, he did show traits that can translate to the next level as he is likely to be drafted come June. 

Bargfeldt relies more on angle and deception to get hitters out more than straight overpowering stuff. The lefthander is long-limbed and has an online, yet longer arm path that allows him to hide the ball well through release. Bargfeldt's lower half shoots toward first base for a crossfire landing point while his upper half rotates through. He repeats it well and the release point allows him to create a tough angle, especially when working against lefthanded hitters. 

The fastball sat in the 83-86 mph range and topped out at 87 mph in the first inning. Bargfeldt was his best when he was working corner to corner with the pitch, but the umpire was a bit tight on the zone which forced him to come back over the middle. The fastball got hit hard at times, however the pitch showed decent life to it as well. Everything out of Bargfeldt's hand had movement of some kind to it whether it was the hard breaking ball at 79 mph, the changeup at 79 mph or the fastball of which Bargfeldt relied on location and movement. This was not one of Bargfeldt's best starts and yet he still showed the poise and arsenal on the mound.

Daniel Federman, RHP, Miami

On a team that already features a number of impressive freshmen, Daniel Federman stood out during his two-inning relief stint for the Hurricanes against the top-ranked Florida Gators. Federman showed a very strong two-pitch mix and profiles well as a power reliever near the back end of the bullpen. He stands at a physical 6-foot, 195-pounds with broad shoulders and lots of strength. The delivery has some violence to it, with an overhead pump to start it and effort through release and an aggressive overall approach and mindset.

Federman has a longer arm action through the back with a bit of a two-pieced plunge near the back, however his arm speed allows him to make up for it and be on time when utilizing the fastball. The pitch worked in the 90-93 mph range in the first, before dipping to 89-91 mph in the second. Federman bumped a 94 near the end of the first looking for a strikeout but the pitch was mostly straight in terms of life. 

The righthander featured an impressive, if not inconsistent, hard slider. The pitch showed short, biting life to it in the 84-86 mph range and he rattled off a couple of very good ones during the start. The issue came when he would get under the pitch and hang it, which happened a couple times due to the length of the arm stroke. Federman also flashed a straight changeup at 83 mph. The righthander showed a lot of interesting tools on the hill during this look and he is yet another freshman to pay attention to on a talented Hurricanes squad.

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