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College Reports: February 28

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Players Covered: 
Richard Fitts (Auburn), Tyler Thomas (Baylor), Bryce Miller (Texas A&M), Joseph Menefee (Texas A&M), Javier Ramos (Oklahoma)


Richard Fitts, RHP, Auburn

Potential 2021 first round pick Richard Fitts started for the Tigers in the first game of the day and has had a ton of draft helium coming into the spring since he was hitting 98 mph consistently in the fall. After allowing a leadoff home run, Fitts settled down and appeared to be locked in though his command wavered as the outing progressed and he produced a final line of 4.1 innings pitched, six earned runs on nine hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

Fitts has traditional workhorse starter size at 6-foot-3, 200-pounds and he repeats his delivery well with above average arm speed and medium arm action that’s fluid. He’s got athleticism and despite his command struggles in this outing showed dominance at times. He rarely missed a spot in the first two innings before unraveling in the third. Baylor’s lefty heavy lineup just seemed dialed in and capitalized on his mistakes.

His fastball sat 93-94 mph and topped at 96 and is normally a bit more lively. His slider was nasty at times and projects to be a plus pitch at the next level, sitting around 82-83 mph and was sharp with late biting action to it. It wasn’t as consistent as usual though and wasn’t generating the whiffs you’d like to see. He also flashed a firm changeup that mainly sat around 88 mph that occasionally showed sink.

Fitts’ size and stuff will continue to excite scouts and it’s reasonable to expect these command issues to improve as the season progresses. His strike throwing ability is also very impressive. Expect him to stay in the thick of the first round discussion for this upcoming MLB draft.

Tyler Thomas, LHP, Baylor

Thomas is a redshirt-junior that got the start for the Bears and put together an impressive outing. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound southpaw threw five innings and allowed just an earned run on four hits while striking out three and walking two. His command was excellent throughout this outing and did a solid job of mixing his pitches.

He has an easy, repeatable delivery with a high three-quarters slot and his athleticism is evident as well. His fastball sits mainly 87-88 and tops out at 90 mph with some cutting action. He throws a loopy 1/7 curveball with a two-part break that he can throw in any count and also mixed in a low 80s CH that fades well under his fastball.

This package has a very Tommy Milone like feel to it and he can certainly locate all of his pitches in any count. He fits the mold of a possible interesting senior sign for a team.


Bryce Miller, RHP, Texas A&M

Bryce Miller has received as much helium as any draft prospect coming into this spring. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior lit up radar guns this fall and scouts packed the Dell Diamond to catch this outing and he didn’t disappoint. He threw five innings and allowed no runs on just a hit, while striking out five and walking three. His command was spot on and simply overpowered most of the Sooner lineup.

Miller has an up-tempo delivery with long arm action but repeats it well with quick arm speed. He has ideal size for a starting pitcher and the stuff is impressive. His fastball sat mostly 95-96 while topping out at 98 mph and has serious riding action to, while holding his velocity well throughout the entire outing. His slider is sharp, with late horizontal action that sat in the low-to-mid 80s. It was downright nasty on this night and generated tons of whiffs. He also flashes a curveball that sat 78-79 with shape and a high 80s changeup that above average depth.

Miller is definitely climbing up draft boards this spring and it’s no surprise with a plus fastball/slider combo and two more pitches that should be at least average behind them. He’s an electric arm right now and should be anchoring the Aggie rotation all season.

Joseph Menefee, LHP, Texas A&M

Menefee made an appearance late in the blowout game but definitely left an impression. The big 6-foot-2, 225-pound junior threw 1.2 innings and struck out 5 while allowing a walk and no hits or runs. Injuries have hammered his progress so far at A&M but he could become a major factor out the Aggie bullpen this spring.

Menefee comes at hitters with a bit of a violent downhill overhand delivery and his fastball sat 91-92 mostly but the real weapon he has is his breaking ball. He has a high-spin, 1/7 slider that sat mostly 85-86 mph with late downward movement and it generated several whiffs and was consistently plus. It would be nice to see how his stuff plays in a higher leverage situation but he should get that chance after this showing. He’s a relief prospect to follow.

It was a tough night for Sooner starter Dalton Fowler but one pitcher that shined was redshirt-freshman Javier Ramos. He transferred from Seminole State College and should be given a look in the rotation soon. He’s 6-foot-6, 206-pounds and is every bit that imposing on the mound with athleticism, helping to throw 2.2 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts.

He has a fluid delivery from a high three-quarters slot with solid arm speed and loose arm action. He was pumping an easy mid-90s fastball that topped out at 97 mph multiple times with tailing life to it. His low-80s slider had tilt and solid late horizontal movement. He also flashed a usable changeup at 80 mph but looks more like a show-me pitch at this point.

This underclassman ate some innings for the Sooners tonight but looked dominant while doing so. Expect to see him get more looks moving forward.
It was a tough night for Sooner starter Dalton Fowler but one pitcher that shined was redshirt-freshman Javier Ramos. He transferred from Seminole State College and should be given a look in the rotation soon. He’s 6-foot-6, 206-pounds and is every bit that imposing on the mound with athleticism, helping to throw 2.2 perfect innings with 3 strikeouts.

He has a fluid delivery from a high three-quarters slot with solid arm speed and loose arm action. He was pumping an easy mid-90s fastball that topped out at 97 mph multiple times with tailing life to it. His low-80s slider had tilt and solid late horizontal movement. He also flashed a usable changeup at 80 mph but looks more like a show-me pitch at this point.

This underclassman ate some innings for the Sooners tonight but looked dominant while doing so. Expect to see him get more looks moving forward.

-Joseph Saunders
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