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College | Story | 3/10/2019

College Notes: March 9

Brian Sakowski         Mike Rooney         Steve Fiorindo        
Photo: Isaac Esqueda (USC Athletics)

Scout Notes: March 8 | College Player Database

Players covered: Isaac Esqueda (USC), Connor Lunn (USC), Karl Kauffmann (Michigan), Jack Ralston (UCLA), Ryan Garcia (UCLA), Jensen Elliott (Oklahoma State), Nick Bennett (Louisville), Matt Gill (Boston College).

Isaac Esqueda, Southern California
USC’s starter on Saturday, Isaac Esqueda may be shorter in stature at 6-feet tall but he has a strong and thick lower half. He works from the first base side of the slab, throwing his fastball at 86-90 mph with a good amount of cut to it. Esqueda often pitches backwards with the pitch, using his big-breaking low- to mid-70s curveball that he drops in well for strikes to set up his heater. He shows good feel for his curve, using it to back-door to the corner against righthanded hitters. Esqueda’s changeup has sink and fade to it right around 83 mph and he also mixed in an upper-70s slider, giving him a full four-pitch mix.

Pitching off of his secondary pieces Esqueda can get his fastball by hitters at times as he messes with their timing. He commanded his arsenal well in this outing, at least in the early innings. As a lefthanded pitcher he shows multiple pickoff moves keeping runners on their toes and picked one baseunner off, doing a nice job to neutralize the opposing running game. Esqueda has the depth of repertoire to start which would be aided once he’s able to sustain his velocity deeper into games while eating up more innings for the Trojans. In this game, a 4-1 win over a ranked Michigan team, Esqueda allowed just one unearned run in five innings, allowing three hits and three walks with six strikeouts.

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