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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Bulldogs look strong in Frisco

Britt Smith        
Photo: Donny Crowe - LA Tech Communications

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Logan Robbins, LHP, Louisiana Tech

If Louisiana Tech head coach Lane Burroughs was pleased with the effort of Friday night starter Matt Miller, he should be equally pleased with the effort of Saturday starter Logan Robbins. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound, lefthanded starter was up to the task against a formidable offense in the University of California at the Frisco College Classic. Robbins scattered five hits over 4 2/3 innings and allowed only two runs by using a solid four-pitch mix effectively to keep the Bears’ hitters off balance. Locating his fastball in the 88-90 mph range to both halves of the plate and utilizing a cutter from 85-87 to work the edges of the strike zone, Robbins was able to set up his secondary offerings.

With an easy and smooth delivery that maintained good direction, he located a slider between 76-77 mph with a shorter arm circle in the back and good extension out front. With a changeup, between 80-82 mph, that created opportunities for his defense, Robbins effectively pitched into the middle innings of the game. The numbers will say that he threw 63 percent of his pitches in the strike zone, however they will not reveal that there were very few bad misses. Robbins kept his offerings in the pressure areas of the zone for the majority of his outing, showing a fairly high level of command. Although he did not factor in the decision, he left the game with a lead and left the Bulldogs in position to win the game.

Joey Matulovich, RHP, California

With an athletic build, standing 6-foot-3 and just under 210-pounds, Joey Matulovich has a loose and easy delivery to match his frame. With a crossfire step to the plate, created by counter-turn at the top of his delivery, he uses a full three-quarters arm slot with good extension to create a fastball that is in the 89-91 mph range. Slightly running to his arm side, his fastball location was good to both sides of the plate, with some degree of tilt.

Matulovich also shows an above average changeup, which is more of a swing-and-miss pitch. Showing good late down action at 79-80 mph, he routinely had hitters coming up empty in their quest for contact against it. He uses a slider as a breaking pitch, but it is clearly a third pitch presently. With more sweeping 10-to-4 shape, the slider will start to break earlier than wanted and can be recognized by hitters. Staying in the 79-80 mph range, it does not have the depth needed to get bats started early. With some increase to his arm strength, or better intent with the slider, Matulovich should be able to improve into a consistent three-pitch starter.

Hayden Kettler, RHP, Baylor

Standing 6-foot-2 and 190-pounds, Hayden Kettler has long limbs with some room to fill his lean frame. Working from a true three-quarters arm slot, he maintained his fastball velocity in the 89-91 mph range into the seventh inning. His fastball command waivered early in the contest on Saturday against Texas A&M but it was the fastball, with arm-side run and slight sinking action, that also kept him out of trouble. Inducing two double-plays in the early innings allowed Kettler to settle in and work out of some trouble spots he created for himself.

He creates some deception in his delivery with a slight counter-turn at the top of his leg lift that leads to a crossfire stride to the plate. Kettler’s delivery can create some tough angles for righthanded hitters to deal with. With the use of a 10-to-4 shaped slider, that flashed depth at times and late down action, Kettler could keep the Aggie hitters honest to both halves of the plate. Although he did not have his best command, allowing three walks and making a couple of mistakes to the middle of the plate, he competed well in the contest.

Using a changeup at 81-83 mph, also allowed him to reach into the later innings of his start. With some down action and good hand speed on the pitch, it flashes as potentially above average. Kettler managed 61strikes out of 100 offerings and was able to navigate a shaky first couple of innings to keep Baylor in the game into the seventh inning.

Chandler Jozwiak, LHP, Texas A&M

There will be better days in the future for Texas A&M freshman lefthander Chandler Jozwiak. Having logged a total of eight innings at the collegiate level entering Saturday’s start against Baylor at the Frisco College Classic, the 6-foot-1 and 170-pound Jozwiak was not able to get out of the third inning. Throwing 55 pitches in 2 2/3 innings of work, he allowed three walks and a pair of hits. Although the numbers and the length of the start were not what he wanted, the silver lining was the fact that he did not allow a run.

Sporting a fastball in the 86-89 mph range, he shows flashes of why he is only the third freshman since 2008 to start the season in the starting rotation at A&M. With a shorter arm circle and a slightly higher than three-quarters arm slot, Jozwiak has a quick arm that produces good hand speed. He utilizes his lower half with a degree of hip turn at the top of his leg lift and maintains good pace to his delivery.

Like most young pitchers at every level of the game, he will have to improve his command and adjust to the new level of hitters he will face. He does show the ability to move his fastball to both halves of the plate, as well as elevate it for outs when needed. With a 1-to-7 shaped slider between 77-79 mph and a complementary changeup at 82-83, Jozwiak shows the potential to be a solid starter for the Aggies. His ability to refine the command of his offerings will ultimately determine how much success he has as a true freshman this season.

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