College | Story | 4/14/2019

College Notes: April 13

Patrick Ebert         Perfect Game Staff        
Photo: Austin Bergner (UNC Athletic Communications)

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Players covered: Austin Bergner (North Carolina), Joey Lancellotti (North Carolina), Tommy Sheehan (Notre Dame), Anthony Holubecki (Notre Dame), Jack Dashwood (UC Santa Barbara), Tanner Brubaker (UC Irvine).

Austin Bergner, North Carolina
Bergner’s talents have long been known, establishing himself as one of the hardest and most talented hurlers in his class early in high school. The size and stuff have always been appealing, with three very distinct and effective offerings combined with his tall, angular and athletic 6-foot-4, 200-pound frame.

The individual parts have been more appealing than the sum of those parts through this part of his career, and in this game he continues to show those ups and downs. He started, and finished, strong, striking out the side in the first inning and doing so rather quickly. He got hit hard in both the second and third inning, giving up four of the five runs he allowed in his seven-inning start during the third. In that inning the Notre Dame hitters were jumping on his fastball early in counts.

The fastball pretty much sat at 92 mph his entire outing. It was thrown in the 90-94 range, but rarely went above 93 and almost never dipping below 91. His arm speed helps the pitch play up, making it that much more difficult to catch up with, and there’s also a considerable amount of arm-side run on the pitch. He will challenge with fastballs up in the zone, although the pitch is fairly straight when elevated, and has the ability to move the pitch around the strike zone. Before closing out the second inning with a weak chopped hit back to him that started a 1-6-3 double play, Bergner allowed a pair of base hits, both on elevated 91 mph heaters.

Bergner’s curveball is a 75-77 mph hammer with nice depth and true 12-to-6 break. He will need to work on being more consistent with its break, as he left a few out and over the plate that got hit hard. After getting hit hard in the second and third innings, Bergner started to turn to his changeup more and more frequently. At first it was clear he didn’t have the right feel and touch for the pitch, but once he found it hitters had difficult picking it up out of the hand. Thrown in the 83-85 mph range, the best one he threw was at 83 that he pulled the string perfectly on to get a key strikeout to end the fifth inning.

The appealing size/stuff profile will get Bergner drafted in the early rounds and how well the pieces come together at the next level will determine his eventual ceiling, which is considerable.

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