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College  | Story  | 2/24/2019

College Notes: February 23

Mike Rooney      Greg Gerard     
Photo: Holden Powell (Scott Chandler)

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Player covered: Holden Powell (UCLA), Jack Ralston (UCLA), Jack Filby (UCLA), Connor Thomas (Georgia Tech), Amos Willingham (Georgia Tech), Sam Tweedt (Oregon State), Jacob Pfennigs (Oregon State), Jake Mulholland (Oregon State).

Holden Powell, UCLA
On a big day for the UCLA offense at the plate, as well as the pitching staff limiting Georgia Tech to just four hits, it was sophomore Holden Powell whose fastball reached the highest velocity and quite possibly the most electric stuff of the first two games of the series. Powell’s stature is listed at 6-foot, 180-pounds, and by looking at him one would not think that he is able to generate the velocity that he is capable of. Coming in for an inning of work with a six-run lead Powell sat at 93-95 mph with his fastball while mixing in a power curveball at 80 mph. Both pitches project as potential plus offerings moving forward. 

Powell’s ability to command the strike zone was inconsistent he worked into counts and nibbled a bit. When he was in the zone, however, no one on Georgia Tech was getting the barrel to the baseball. He ultimately pitched to four hitters in his inning of work striking out one and walking another.

The arm action is incredibly fast staying full through the back and online to the plate. He reaches pretty far back at times making his release point hard to repeat at times. His frame, although not overly tall, does still project as there’s room to fill in his lower half especially. The fastball is straight, living in the mid-90s, but the curveball is already an above average pitch and projects as a plus one. The bite and depth combination is lethal to a hitter and when down in the zone it will be hard to handle for even the most elite hitter. Working as UCLA’s closer early in the season, Powell’s sophomore campaign could be a big year for him as he rises up draft lists for the 2020 class.

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