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College | Story | 3/15/2017

College Spotlight: Stanford/Rice

Britt Smith        
Photo: Rice Athletics
 


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Every week during the 2017 college baseball season we will be pulling at least one report, and corresponding video when available, of a player entered into the College Player Database. This week we will share reports on a pair of players from both Stanford and Rice following their four-game series in Houston. All of the reports entered into the database can be found in one, easy-to-find place as linked above, and can also be accessed off of the individual PG player profile pages.

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Glenn Otto, RHP, Rice

If ‘country strong’ were ever to be used as a description of a prospect, Glenn Otto (6-foot-5, 240-pounds) would easily be the poster child. With a extra large frame and physical build, Otto appears to be larger than life on the mound. Having a strong lower half and solid base he uses solid hip turn to keep his delivery online and stable when working to the plate. He shows a short arm circle in back, which he hides well behind his body, before firing rockets to his target through a high three-quarters arm slot. His arm is quick and gets fully through extension as he releases pitches with solid downhill tilt.

Currently used as a closer, he was used twice over the weekend series with Stanford. Picking up two saves on the weekend, Otto did it in two different ways. On Friday night he worked two innings of scoreless relief allowing one hit and one walk while striking out four. In the process of collecting those numbers he showed an explosive fastball that sat 93-96 mph and bumped 98 three times. His command that night was slightly above average but he was not sharp with his location. The fastball was fairly straight but would occasionally show some arm-side life but did keep the tilt that was previously mentioned. He also showed a power curveball with 12-to-6 shape, good depth and solid downer action in the 82-84 mph range. He would noticeably back off pitches trying to corral his arm into the strike zone and still reach 93 on the gun.

Sunday, on one day of rest, he entered again in a high leverage situation. With the bases loaded and one out, Stanford’s three-hole hitter up and Rice holding a 4-1 lead, Otto filled up the strike zone. Surrendering a sac fly before getting a strikeout of the cleanup hitter, Rice was out of the inning. Otto worked the fastball at 91-93 mph in this game and touched 94 once, as the command was much better and the downhill tilt was still present. The power breaking ball showed the same action as well and was thrown at 80-81 mph. His final line was 1 2/3 innings, one hit, zero runs and two strikeouts.

Two different outings with the same result. Having yet to surrender a run this season, Otto has shown that whether he is sharp or not it is still difficult to score on him.


Ford Proctor, SS, Rice

Ford Proctor is a consistent performer in the middle of the diamond for Rice. Providing stability as the shortstop for the Owls, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Proctor shows the ability to make the routine plays on the field consistently. This is not meant as a slight in any way. Consistency is a badge of honor for a shortstop and Proctor showed the ability to make some special plays as well. However, to know that a ground ball hit is his direction is going to be an out without ever having to hold your breath is a luxury, for not only a pitcher but a coaching staff as well.

With solid footwork, nothing flashy, Proctor seamlessly transitions from catch to throw with ease. His arm strength is good and accuracy is presently plus with online carry. Proctor showed the ability to make plays from deep in the hole, as well as, flashing quick reactions with a diving stop while playing in on the grass to prevent a run and getting the out at first. The athletic ability is better than it appears if you do not see him actually pushed to his limits in the field.

Offensively, Proctor is more comfortable when he is in situations that allow him to cut loose with a pull-side approach. However, he also shows the ability to slash balls into the left-center gap while handling the bat in pitchers’ counts. With a fluid swing that has some lift to it, Proctor will generate some weight transfer in his swing while using his lower half. His bat speed is presently good and he generates a good amount of leverage with solid barrel-to-ball skills. His approach with two strikes is solid, not because he overly changes his approach, he simply seems to lock in a little more. Having a higher level of pitch recognition and strike zone awareness, Proctor appears to utilize the skills a little more when the count and situation dictate it.

Proctor’s overall straight-line foot speed may be slightly above average but his in-game speed plays well. He has instincts on the bases and is aggressive when given the chance to push for extra bases.


Other Rice players added to College Player Database:

• Willy Amador
• Matt Canterino
• Dominic DiCaprio
• Zach Esquivel
• Dane Myers
• Ricardo Salinas
• Darryn Sheppard


Colton Hock, RHP, Stanford

Colton Hock (6-foot-5, 235-pounds) is a mountain of a man who is entrusted with the role of closing games for the Stanford Cardinal. Muscularly built, Hock shows a surprisingly high level of flexibility and looseness in his delivery. Everything about his delivery works well. The lower half is solid, as he innervates his hips well while incorporating a solid pelvic load and keeps a direct driveline to his target. Hock has a short arm circle in the back and keeps a nice connection between his spine, shoulder and elbow. He hides the ball effectively until he reaches a high three-quarters arm slot from which he delivers with an extended release and full follow through.

Hock generates solid downhill plane in his delivery with a quick arm that is usually not seen in pitchers of his size. Generally, with a body similar to his, pitchers will rely on pure strength and try to muscle the ball where they want it. That description does not accurately fit in this instance. Hock’s arm is quick, clean and efficient. This allows him to generate solid downhill plane on a fastball that sits 91-93 mph and bumps 94. With arm-side run and some sink when in the middle of the plate or to his arm side, he doesn’t give hitters a solid look at the pitch. When throwing to his extension side on Sunday in a game against Rice he seemed to lose a little of the life on the pitch but not the downhill tilt.

Hock also features a power curveball that is thrown with fastball hand speed and will sit 78-80 mph. The shape of the pitch is 11-to-5 and is thrown with premium depth as it drives hard to the plate before showing late-biting downer action. Hock picked up his fourth save of the eyar on Sunday to go along with his three wins and he has yet to surrender a run on the season in seven appearances. He has only allowed five hits in his 12 innings of work on the year.


Quinn Brodey, OF, Stanford


The ease with which Quinn Brodey (6-foot-1, 200-pounds) appears to play the game and the way he carries himself gives the impression that he is at home on the baseball field. With fluid and graceful movements in every part of his game he resembles the mannerisms of Ken Griffey Jr. Before going crazy over that comparison, please understand that it is not a comparison of the physical skills of the two, rather to the comfort level that they both display when on the diamond.

Brodey’s game should not be compared to that of the Hall of Famer because they are not the same type of player. With a solid level of athletic ability, Brodey makes aspects of the game look simple. He showed the ability to track down balls in the outfield well, especially those that were hit over his head. While he doesn’t display elite level speed and plays slightly deeper in center field than true burners would, he shows solid reads off the bat and judges routes well. His present arm strength and online carry will play at the next level.

Hitting in the third spot in Stanford’s batting order, Brodey started the four-game series against Rice with a bang. Upon touching the plate after a three-run home run, he had amassed three hits and seven RBI in his first four at-bats, while scoring two runs. The remainder of the series did not include the same fireworks. However, in game three in a bases-loaded situation trailing 4-1, Rice called Glenn Otto out of the bullpen for the matchup of the series. Brodey showed that he was up to the challenge against the hard-throwing closer. Although the piercing liner to left center off of his bat was held up enough by a cross wind to keep it from finding the gap, Brodey answered the question of how his bat plays against high velocity pitching with a sacrifice fly.

Presently, his hit tool outweighs his power. He shows the ability to consistently barrel the baseball, especially up the middle and to the opposite field. His pull-side in-game power was not seen in the series. While showing he could pull the ball, there were more hard ground balls and low liners with some top spin, than balls with backspin and elevation. His present power is to the opposite field as he stays through the ball with slight lift and will generate backspin and carry in that direction. With a fluid and easy swing, his present bat speed is good and flashes plus at times.

Brodey also shows solid pitch recognition and does not ever seem to be completely fooled at the plate. He covers the strike zone well and is a solid runner on the bases. With some additional strength to his already athletic frame, his power is easy to project as above average moving forward.


Other Stanford players added to College Player Database:

• Kris Bubic
• Chris Castellanos
• Mikey Diekroeger
• Alex Dunlap
• Nico Hoerner
• Erik Miller
• Andrew Summerville
• Tyler Thorne
• Keith Weisenberg


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