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College | Story | 3/10/2019

College Notes: March 10

Brian Sakowski         Mike Rooney         Steve Fiorindo        
Photo: Mason Pelio (Brendan Flynn/BC Athletics)

Scout Notes: March 8 | March 9 | College Player Database

Player covered: Mason Pelio (Boston College), Bryan Hoeing (Louisville), Jeff Criswell (Michigan), Joe Lienhard (Oklahoma State), Ben Leeper (Oklahoma State).

Mason Pelio, Boston College
Pelio, a native San Diegan, was one of the top incoming freshman in the country this year when he made the cross-country trek and enrolled at BC. Thrust immediately into a weekend role, he has done extraordinarily well thus far, and his start against Louisville on Sunday was excellent. He held the Cardinals to one run over 7 2/3 innings, scattering four hits and three walks (which came late, after he'd tired) while punching out four. 

Pelio's physicality is excellent and he certainly looks the part of a high-end, power-armed righthander. There's great size already with remaining projection through his torso and legs, and he has a chance to be a physical monster at maturity. The delivery is pretty clean as well, as Pelio does a really nice job of getting into his back hip, driving downhill and rotating online, creating good separation and getting over his front side well. The arm stroke has some length to it but is mostly clean, with a softer hook through the back and scapular load, though the back elbow doesn't get too high and there is smoothness through acceleration into release. 

The stuff was very good, though the projection on all of it is what is most enticing. Pelio sat in the 89-92 mph range to start with his fastball, gradually ticking up into the 90-94 mph range, before eventually hitting 95 mph several times as well as a couple 96s mixed in. It's rare to see a young pitcher be able to hold their stuff for over 100 pitches, but Pelio's stuff got better as the game wore on, and he was still hitting 94 with regularity over 100 pitches. The fastball command was fringe average but his control was very good throughout the majority of the game up until he got tired and walked a couple hitters in his final frame. He generates good plane to the plate and there is average life on the pitch as well, and though a bit inconsistent, flashed the ability to put the fastball in all four quadrants of the strike zone. 

He worked in a curveball and changeup as well to complete his arsenal, and while both are in the 40-45 range (on the 20-80 scale) right now, the projection on both is extremely intriguing. The curveball was thrown mostly in the 75-78 mph range with 11-to-5 shape, and he shows feel for spinning it well and generating good shape and depth. It has the potential to sharpen up as he throws it harder, giving it an above average future. The changeup, likewise, isn't quite there yet as a solid average pitch but it surely has the makings of one. He throws it with conviction and does generate good action on it, but as with many young pitchers, he hasn't quite found the consistency of the release point with it yet and it can come off the side of his hand at times and he'll lose it arm side. Interestingly, he did show the ability to throw his changeup to both sides of the plate, something not many pitchers can do, or even want to do in some cases. 

The ingredients are here for a potential monster pitching prospect. Pelio's physicality, mechanical operation, present feel and strike-throwing along with his projection on all of the above make him an extremely high-follow target very early on in 2021 draft prep.

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