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College | Story | 8/13/2021

Cape Cod Notebook No. 5

Photo: Bryce Hubbart (Florida State Athletics)
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Notes by Geoff Pontes 

With the Cape Cod Baseball League season coming to a close, it’s time to empty out the notebook. There’s numerous reports below from the past 10 days on the Cape with some of the top position players and pitchers from this summer. Look out for the Cape Cod League overall player rankings and best tool articles to come in the weeks ahead. It was another talent-laden summer on the peninsula with as strong a crop of underclass talent as I can remember. 

Bryce Hubbart, LHP, Florida State (2022) | Brewster Whitecaps 
Dates Observed: 7/26 

The most dominant starter in the Cape this summer, he finished the season tied with Harwich’s Trey Dombroski for the strikeout crown in the CCBL. He features a strong three-pitch mix with multiple variations of his curveball and a newly perfected slider. A student of the game, Hubbart was a frequent visitor to the scouting section to get data and provide feedback to teammates. High level of understanding for the craft of pitching with a desire to improve. 

He has a semi-windup, drop and drive, high leg lift with a longer arm action and fast arm with an over-the-top arm slot. Up-tempo action with effort in his operation, but Hubbart repeats well and throws strikes. 

He works primarily off of his fastball and curveball. The fastball sits 91-93 mph touching 94 mph when he reaches back for it, what he lacks in plus velocity he makes up for with efficient shape and backspin. Generating ride and high induced vertical break of more than 20 inches. He’s adept at landing it in the upper quadrants with the intent of going over the barrel or driving infield fly balls. He did both well throughout the season and my look. It’s an above-average fastball with the ability to push the grade to plus with a few extra ticks. Truthfully a 55 might be selling the pitch short. 

The main attraction of Hubbart’s arsenal is his breaking ball feel. He masterfully manipulates his curveball between a slower early count strike stealer in the 72-74 mph range and a harder version with more late horizontal break at 77-79 mph. 

This is in addition to the newly mastered slider. Arguably the slide piece was the best pitch he threw during my single look. It showed dynamic sweep and late drop, generating swings and misses. He’s ditched his changeup almost entirely and is now working with the two breaking balls primarily. Misses bats with all of his pitches. 

The top-ranked pitcher in the Cape from the 2022 class. The lefty performed well across his final five Cape starts, and finished the season at or near the top of every statistical category. 

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