Nick Vander Tuig
Nick Vander Tuig, the San Francisco Giants’ sixth round pick this year, finished off his college season with a bang. He threw eight innings of shutout ball as his UCLA Bruins defeated Mississippi State to win its first ever National NCAA baseball title.
Vander Tuig finished his college year with a 14-4 record, a 2.16 ERA and a pitching line of 129 IP, 108 hits, four HRs and 18 walks allowed and 93 Ks. His fine tournament pitching certainly raises his stock as a 6th round draft pick.
However, the question about Vander Tuig as a professional player remains: does he have enough stuff to succeed beyond the AA level?
If he is an extreme ground ball pitcher, as his low 2013 home run count suggests, probably so. However, he allowed 13 HRs in 109 IP in 2012, which suggests that 2013 was simply an especially good season for the young right-hander.
Clearly, Vander Tuig’s command is outstanding, but we’ll have to wait and see about his ability to miss bats once he reaches the high minors.
Also, Vander Tuig has not signed a contract with the Giants yet. We’ll have to wait and see if his great college post-season gooses his signing bonus. According to Baseball America, via mlbtraderumors.com, is that slot for this pick is $212,300. The college juniors the Giants drafted in the first ten rounds have all signed for slot except for 3rd round pick Chase Johnson, who gave the Giants a $70,000 discount.