Born: March 22, 1985
Drafted: 2nd round, 2006
School: San Diego St.
Justin is one of those players that really benefited from playing summer ball in the Cape Cod league. After spending his first 2 seasons at Bethel College (Indiana), Masterson found a connection to his team on the Cape (Wareham). Pitching as a fill in at the beginning, he was kept on the team as the team's closer once the other pitchers arrived.
After getting recognized as the 11th best prospect on the Cape, Justin pitched his third year at San Diego St. An honorable mention all-Mountain West Conference selection, Masterson went 4-2 with a 4.72 earned run average in league play, and an overall record of 6-7 with one save and a 4.81 ERA. He struck out 108 batters in 166 innings.
Though he started 16 of his 17 at San Diego St., and will continue pitching as a starter in the minors, Justin currently projects as a right-handed bullpen arm. Known as someone with good work ethic, a future major league starter isn't out of the equation, but the lack of a consistent 2nd and 3rd pitch has him still in the 'raw' category.
Amazingly, Justin just learned his 2 best pitches last summer, thanks to Wareham pitching coach Ryan Beggs. His 2 seam fastball (low 90s) has above average movement into the right-handed hitters and his slider (mid 80s) has good, late diagonal movement. He also throws a change, mostly to left-handed hitters.
Since he pitched a pretty full season at San Diego St., Justin will be kept to short 2 inning outings at short-season Lowell this summer.
Good interview with Justin Masterson
Masterson profile at Sox Prospects
2005 top 30 Cape Cod league prospects
11. Justin Masterson, rhp, Wareham (San Diego State)
Unknown before this summer, Masterson quickly gained notoriety with his 6-foot-6, 235-pound build, a 93-94 mph fastball that sinks and a hard slider. He pitched his way into the early rounds of the 2006 draft and a transfer from Bethel (Ind.) to San Diego State.
Edited by redinchicago, 04 July 2006 - 09:22 AM.