Over a year ago a young man came down to the Baseball U winter workouts. What everyone saw was a player with a very strong arm. He took to the bullpen while having some mechanical flaws he still showed good velocity.
The young man was a 6’1 left handed pitcher named Austin Solecitto from Indian Hills High School in New Jersey. After a conversation we found out he was a relative of Baseball U pitcher Kyle Rubbinaccio who is heading to Notre Dame on a baseball scholarship. He was named to the Prospect team as a sophomore and had some great outings during the summer and as well as the fall. His mechanics are now almost flawless on the mound with a nice easy delivery.
This past Monday many scouts were on hand to see Don Bosco left handed pitcher Jordan Gross who too spend a tournament down in Cary, North Carolina last year with Baseball U. Jordan was 87-90MPH and was in top form.
When Gross left the mound all the scouts in attendance including Don Koehler the head of the Northeast MLB scouting bureau were in for a surprise. This surprise was not really a surprise to Boston College who has already received a verbal commitment from the 2012 left handed pitcher who last year hit 88mph down in Florida.
Austin took to the mound dominating one of the top high school baseball teams in the country by consistently hitting 90MPH. This is something that all of the people who saw Baseball U play last year already knew.
The sky is the limit for Austin and if he was consistently 91-94MPH next year it would be no surprise to all of those who watch him compete. His easy delivery projects Austin to be a high draft pick. “He reminds me of a lefty I coached down in Florida who was drafted by the Braves a few years back and is now with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Jeffrey Locke from New Hampshire.” (John Wells)
It is going to be fun to watch him compete the next few years. The best thing about Austin is he is a great teammate and the players love him.