By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
August 8, 2009
The pitching-rich White Sox team ran out two more right-handers who touched 91 Saturday afternoon at Blair Field in Long Beach, Calif., both powerfully built and capable of more power. Dominic Ficociello continued to hit everything thrown his way – and hit it hard.
Brandon Moore (Van Buren HS, Van Buren, Ark.), listed at 6-2, 235, pitched at 86-91 with a 77 change-up. He’s got a nice loose and whippy arm action, much looser than many pitchers with his body type. There’s room for more here and he’ll be draft quality out of high school.
Mason Justice (Holland Hall, Tulsa, OK) is listed at 6-4, 182 and pitched at 89-91 with room for more in the future. He’ll also be draft quality out of high school.
Moore and Justice completed an impressive run for this region’s pitchers at the Area Code games, a list that included right-handers Dylan Bundy and Archie Bradley and left-handers Jordan Shipers and Albert Minnis.
Ficociello (Fullerton HS, Calif.) continued to hit his way past any concerns that his physical projection is finished. Long before he has filled out, Ficociello is showing that he has the hands, wrists and forearms to make hard, line-drive contact with wood. He collected three more hits and sprayed the ball to the entire field, giving him five in his team’s double-header Saturday. His hits in this game were a solid single to left field, a hard single up the middle and a loud and hard single to right field against Moore.
Right-hander Cody Buckel (Royal HS, Simi Valley, Calif.) threw well again. The 6-1 right-hander again showed good arm speed, pitching at 89-91. Buckel isn’t a giant, but his powerfully-built lower half gives him some room for fastball growth. If more velocity comes, he could profile as a closer.