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College | Story | 8/2/2021

Cape Cod Notebook No. 4

Photo: Patrick Reilly (Vanderbilt Athletics)
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Notes by Geoff Pontes 

Patrick Reilly, RHP, Vanderbilt (2023) | Orleans Firebirds 
Dates Observed: 7/14, 7/21 

The highly-touted Vanderbilt right-hander made two starts with Orleans this summer and we happened to be there for both outings. Reilly dominated mixing a fastball, slider, and cutter primarily but showed a curveball and changeup as well. His final line across the two starts sat at 10 scoreless innings, with 10 strikeouts, 4 walks, and 4 hits as opponents batted .121 against Reilly in the two starts with just a single extra-base hit allowed.

On the mound, Reilly is prototypical size and height for a pitcher at 6-foot-3, with moderate projection remaining in the frame, but the strong baseline of athleticism needed to repeat his motion. Starts slightly offset on the first base side of the rubber, semi-windup; slight pause before high leg lift that contracts into frame. Moderate length in arm action, but an overall clean arm stroke and motion. Abbreviated drop-and-drive delivering the ball from a high three-quarter quarter slot. Repeats well and that portends strong strike-throwing abilities. 

Fastball is Reilly’s primary pitch and arguably his best, showing plus vertical movement with an average of 20 inches of induced vertical break consistently on the Trackman across multiple starts. Sitting 93-97 mph touching 98 mph with late hop. Most comfortable locating high arm side and the lower glove side quadrant of the zone. It was his best swing-and-miss pitch as he generated nine whiffs across a pair of looks. Looked the part of a plus fastball, as it had all the needed characteristics of plus velocity, movement, and location. 

His secondaries consisted of a slider in the mid-80s with two-plane movement that was deadly in same-sided matchups when paired with his elite fastball. Showed late sweep and drop making it a swing-and-miss pitch when located to the glove side. He paired the slider with a high-80s cutter he used in on the hands of left-handers and tended to be his primary pitch, running the pitch as high as 92 mph acting almost like a changeup. He blended in a lower-80s 12-6 curveball, and a changeup in the low-80s with late acute run. 

Overall Reilly was one of the better arms I’ve seen over the years on the Cape; blending stuff and strike-throwing in a way typical of true starting pitching prospects. With opportunities in the Vanderbilt rotation heading into 2022; Reilly may develop into the next big Vanderbilt arm, joining Christian Little in the weekend rotation to create a formidable duo. 

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