There's a nice piece up over at Baseball America on the start Rice senior Matthew Reckling had on Saturday. After a disappointing Friday night for pitchers Austin Kubitza and John Simms, Reckling really came through without great stuff.â†µ
How did he do? 6 2/3 innings, four hits with two runs allowed. That brings his season total to a 2-0 record with 23 strikeouts in 22 innings and a 0.89 ERA.
On Saturday, Reckling's fastball sat around 90 MPH, but that was lower than he normally throws. Add in his out-pitch curve and the change he used very effectively when his curve didn't work, and Reckling has a very nice repertoire for a senior.â†µ
To be a viable draft prospect, Reckling probably needs to improve that velocity. If he can throw around 93 or 94 with good control on the fastball, he'll be a very intriguing prospect just from his secondary stuff. If nothing else, that curve/change combo could make him a pretty decent relief prospect who could move through a team's system quickly.â†µ
Oh, and the other thing about Reckling? His grandfather not only played at Rice, but the new ballpark is named after him. So, the younger Reckling is playing in a ballpark named after his family. How cool is that??â†µ