Brock Huntzinger, RHP
Born: July 2, 1988
Hometown: Pendleton, Indiana
High school: Pendleton (Ind.) High School
Acquired: 2007 Amateur Draft (third round, 114th pick overall)
Huntzinger was a highly regarded right-handed pitching prospect coming out of high school. Prior to his senior campaign, he was named to the Rawlings/Perfect Game All-High School First Team (Central Region), and he certainly lived up to the hype. Here's how Huntzinger's hometown newspaper summed up his accomplishments shortly after the 2007 draft:
It's worth noting that Huntzinger's slider is a relatively new acquisition, because it's already one of the best weapons in his arsenal. Here's the scouting report from SoxProspects.com:
Huntzinger helped the Class 3A Arabians (20-6) capture the Hoosier Heritage Conference title in his final prep season, marking the team’s fourth championship in five years. The 210-pound ace posted a 7-1 record in 10 appearances and logged two saves. Huntzinger amassed 95 strikeouts, walked seven versus 202 batters faced and carried a 0.29 ERA. In his four-year prep career, Huntzinger was 26-6 and compiled 257 strikeouts in 201 innings pitched. Registering in the mid-90s with his fastball and newly installed slider, Huntzinger pitched under the attentive eyes of several MLB scouts this season.
Huntzinger, who had committed to pitch for Indiana University, signed with the Sox for $225,000 on June 29, 2007, and got his feet wet by pitching 7 innings over 4 games for the GCL Sox before shutting it down for the year. This year, he was assigned to Lowell, where he is off to an impressive start.
Big righty with an easy over-the-top motion. His delivery starts off real slow but the ball comes out of his hand smoothly, wasting little motion. Very polished and advanced for his age. Fastball sits around 89 mph, tops out at 92 mph, and has some late movement on it. While the velocity is essentially low 90s, its deceptively fast because of his easy delivery. His fastball topped out at 95 mph in high school, but has lost a little life due to minor tweaking of his mechanics. The organization expects the he might get back up to 95 mph in the next couple years. Also mixes in a tight slider that sits between 79-83 mph. His slider is a wipeout pitch - when its up in the zone, it flattens out and almost acts as a slurve. When he keeps it down, less-advanced hitters will look overmatched. His changeup is still a w work in progress and sits between 77-79 mph. Pounds the zone with excellent command and control. Needs to work on pitching out of the stretch and maintaining velocity deep into games, or he may project more as a reliever. Hard worker, loves the game. Probably can pack some muscle to his frame.
Here are his numbers through July 9, 2008:
Lowell has had him pitching primarily in five-inning stints, though he went six on July 9. It will be interesting to see whether Huntzinger maintains his dominance as more advanced college hitters begin to fill out team rosters throughout the NYPL. If he does, will the organization promote him to Greenville for a few starts before the season ends?
I'll do my best to post regular updates after Huntzinger's starts, as well as links to any writeups about him in the papers.