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College Notes: April 12

Patrick Ebert         Greg Gerard         Perfect Game Staff        
Photo: Tyler Baum (UNC Athletic Communications)

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Players covered: Tyler Baum (North Carolina), Hunter Gaddis (Georgia State), Ben Brecht (UC Santa Barbara), Andre Pallante (UC Irvine).




Tyler Baum, North Carolina
Baum took the mound for the first game of North Carolina’s series against Notre Dame on a cool, blustery day in South Bend, Indiana. The temperature dropped quickly from the mid-50s into the low-40s as day turned to night, and while Baum’s performance wasn’t exactly crisp, he provided six admirable frames of two-hit baseball.

He looks like a middle infielder on the mound with a lean and rangy 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame, as the height in particular looks to be a generous listing. A PG All-American during the summer of 2015, Baum’s ability to spin a curveball has long been known, and he continued to do that well in this game, with the ability to manipulate the pitch between a big-bending 12-to-6 hook in the 76-78 mph range that he dropped in well for strikes to a sharper, harder version that he used as more of a chase offering right around 80 mph, throwing his best one in the second inning at 81 to record a swinging strikeout.

UNC’s ace righthander used his fastball to set up his breaking ball, sitting in the 90-92 mph range for the majority of his start. He touched 93 once, and only dipped below 90 a handful of times. It’s easy to imagine that velocity playing up a tick or two in warmer weather with plenty of reports of him touching 95-96 at other points in past outings. There’s a bit of a crossfire element to his delivery, at times, as he appeared to drop his arm angle to generate that crossfire action while working from one corner to the other. When he threw his curveball his arm slot had a more true three-quarters delivery.

The best quality of his fastball, which plays up due to the crossfire delivery, is the arm-side running action he creates, which made him that much more difficult to square up. He threw one changeup in the first inning that fluttered in at 84 mph but it was clear he didn’t like his feel for the pitch as he stuck primarily with his fastball and curveball the rest of the way.

For the most part he liked to work down in the zone, rarely elevating either his fastball or his curveball. He did give up a solo home run in the bottom of the first, but overall allowed only two hits over six innings, striking out seven along the way with three walks. Again, the cold weather made it difficult to gauge the command/control aspect of his day, but in this game he was effectively wild, and even when he wasn’t throwing strikes he was consistently around the zone.


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