I’m always looking for more lefty pitching. You never have enough in college baseball. That’s one of the things that I noticed Oregon State had, lots of lefty pitching. It’s one of the things I was looking for last night in the scrimmage against UALR.
Patrick Wicklander is the lefty freshmen who seems to be the most coveted on this roster. He didn’t pitch because he’s going to get a start to open the fall world series next week.
But I did get a good look at lefty freshmen Caden Monke (6-3, 160) and Evan Taylor (6-4, 230). Both of them had nice breakers. Taylor hit two batters but he wasn’t behind in the count. Threw strikes, so maybe he’s wild on the good side. Batters can’t dig in against Taylor. He’s imposing on the mound.
I would have also liked to have seen 6-7 lefty Steven Sanchez. I’ve heard good things about him, too.
But I think this is a good sign for the future. Obviously, there is a lefty closer on this staff in Matt Cronin. That helps a lot.
There are lefty hitters in this group of newcomers. Matt Goodheart looks like a keeper and he swings from the left side.