February 21, 2013
Perfect Game Presents
An Ace Showcase
On December 5, 2012, Baseball Prospectus and Perfect Game announced a partnership to help promote and cover the game at both the amateur and professional levels. As a result of this partnership, Baseball Prospectus subscribers will now get the opportunity to read some of the great premium content being published by Perfect Game for its members. Today, courtesy of Perfect Game, we bring you this special report by Kendall Rogers.
Coaches always say that playing the best often brings out the best in position players and pitchers alike. That certainly was the case with the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Kubitza on opening weekend; he twirled an absolute gem against the Cardinal, a team that features arguably the nation's sexiest arm in senior right-hander Mark Appel, who turned down the Pittsburgh Pirates as the eighth overall pick in the major-league draft last summer.
"He's older and bigger, and he's up to about 225 pounds right now with that tall frame of his," Rice coach Wayne Graham said about Kubitza. "He's been through the mill, and he actually pitched well enough in the NCAA Regional last year to beat Arkansas. He looked pretty good out there."
Rice RHP Austin Kubitza Puts on a Show in His First Start
Just a couple of weeks ago, 92 seemed like a pipe dream, but from the Owls' standpoint, there's a perfectly logical reason for that dip in velocity.