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College | Story | 5/4/2019

College Notes: May 3

Jheremy Brown        
Photo: Mason Feole (Perfect Game)

College Notes: May 2
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Players covered: Mason Feole (UConn), Jacob Wallace (UConn), Anthony Prato (UConn), Cooper Bradford (Florida Southern).

Mason Feole, UConn
The 2019 season may not have begun as UConn lefthander Mason Feole would have hoped, missing a couple of starts before finding his arsenal, though not necessarily putting up the numbers he has been accustomed to over his first two seasons in Storrs. Friday night’s series opener against Wichita State was a pivotal one for the Huskies being at a point in the season where each win matters for a postseason birth and Feole was at his best under the bright lights. Prior to his seven innings of shutout baseball, Feole’s command had wavered this spring and he hadn’t missed bats like in the past (45 strikeouts to 32 walks in 48 innings), though based off this look it appears to be a thing of the past as he heads towards this June’s draft. 

Though not overly physical at 6-foot-1, Feole is strongly built and plenty durable to withstand the rigors of a starting role, not to mention having the athleticism on the bump as evidenced by his unique delivery and ability to repeat it. He came out of the gates hot, overthrowing a bit which led to an inconsistency of his release out of the windup though after walking the first batter of the game and settling into the stretch Feole began pounding the zone and his night was underway. For the majority of the game his fastball sat in the 88-91 mph range, bumping 92s along the way, creating solid plane at times and showing the ability to work to either side. On a night in which he finished with ten strikeouts (nine swinging and just one looking), the biggest takeaway was his ability to challenge and beat hitters upstairs with his fastball consistently, amassing 13 swings-and-misses on the heater while showing some late hopping life when locating up. 

Once he established his tempo and timing out of the windup like he had from the stretch it was essentially game over as the No. 80 prospect on the PG Top 300 worked in complete attack mode, scattering just two hits while landing first pitch strikes in 19 of his 25 batters faced. Of his two secondaries, the curveball was the one he brought out most often, manipulating the shape of the pitch depending on the count with the velocity ranging anywhere from 73 to 77 mph. The first pitch get-me-over types offered more depth from a tunneled release, showing bigger 1-for-7 shape as opposed to the back foot, bury it type which he used to rack up another six swings-and-misses on the night. Like the fastball, Feole would get around the pitch at times while dropping his slot but that proved to be fair and few between as he mixed the pitch with confidence and at will over the course of the night. 

The fastball-curveball combo was working for the Rhode Island native so we didn’t see much of his changeup last night though it’s a solid offering and one that give him a true three-pitch mix for the next level. He only showed a couple in this viewing, mostly at 79-80 mph, but maintained his slot and was able to land the pitch for strikes with subtle running life, showing it just enough to keep it on the Wichita State hitters on their toes. 

This start was one that both the Huskies and Feole needed as he ultimately went seven innings, punched out 10, walked two, and scattered just two singles to pick up his second win of the season. The outing, coupled with his longer track record of success in college and with Team USA all bode well leading into next months draft as he looks to follow fellow UConn lefthanders Anthony Kay and Tim Cate with an early round selection.

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