The Missing Tucker Baca Report
When I covered Perfect Game’s World Wood Bat Association World Championship this weekend, my goal was to spotlight the most highly touted First-Year Player Draft prospects and also report on other intriguing players I stumbled upon.
Staying on top of all of the roughly 1,700 prospects at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla., would be an impossible task. Apparently, keeping track of all of the prospects I took notes on was difficult as well.
I returned home Sunday, and when I was looking through my notebook today, I discovered to my horror that I had neglected to include Team Elite lefthander Tucker Baca (North Gwinnett High, Suwanee, Ga.) in my Saturday recap.
Baca dominated the Dallas Patriots, working four shutout innings in a 9-1 win. He’s a 6-foot-3, 195-pound lefty who throws from a low arm slot, so of course he draws Chris Sale comparisons.
Baca threw 91-93 mph early in the game, harder than usual and without sacrificing any of the tremendous life he generates with his fastball. He averaged 88-90 mph over the course of his outing.
The Arizona State recruit also destroyed lefthanders with his slider, which averaged 72-74 mph and peaked at 78. He used just three changeups, though some evaluators believe that’s consistently his best pitch. All told, he threw 45 of his 68 pitches for strikes while allowing just one hit and two walks and fanning seven.