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College  | Story  | 2/24/2019

College Notes: February 24

Mike Rooney      Greg Gerard     
Photo: Jesse Bergin (Scott Chandler)

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Scout Takes: Vanderbilt | Virginia | StanfordCollege Player Database

Players covered:
Jesse Bergin (UCLA), Brant Hurter (Georgia Tech), Andrew Walling (Oregon State).




Jesse Bergin, UCLA
Bergin started game three of the series against Georgia Tech for the UCLA Bruins and what he had to offer may have not been the most impressive stuff, but the pitchability for a freshman as well as the ability to mix speeds and continually keep ACC caliber hitters off balance was certainly impressive. It felt like with each inning that the Georgia Tech hitters were finally going to time him up and put together a run, but they never could as Bergin mixed three pitches effectively beginning with his fastball that sat in the low-90s for the duration of his start. The athletic 6-foot-4, 195-pound righthander was masterful in this early season contest going six innings allowing just two hits and striking out four en route to his second collegiate victory in as many weeks.

In what Bergin lacks in stuff he makes up for it in his ability to flat-out pitch. Able to locate his 90-92 mph fastball in, out and up or down, Bergin got ahead of hitters frequently and went to work with his off-speed pitches to get batters out. His go-to secondary pitch was his changeup that ultimately was an out-pitch to a Georgia Tech lineup that consisted of more lefthanded hitters. The pitch sat mostly 82-83 mph and topped out at 85 mph when thrown with more firmness. It was very deceptive as he never seemed to slow his arm down or tip the pitch to an opposing hitter. He located the pitch very well and so many times the offering would produce a soft roll over ground ball or ultimately a swing-and-miss. He did get righthanded hitters out as well with the use of a slider in the low-80s and flashed plenty of potential moving forward. 

Bergin’s arm action is not the most clean stroke but he repeats the long arm action well and gets it through on time on a consistent basis allowing him to command the zone at will. His delivery is relatively low in terms of effort, but the intent and focus on a specific spot is clear. The righthander is off to an incredible start to his time on campus in Los Angeles as he is now coming off of his second start without allowing an earned run. The product of California powerhouse Harvard-Westlake School has now pitched 11 2/3 innings into his college career with an opponent batting average of just .103.


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