By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
December 28, 2009
Oh, to be a California pitcher, where the mounds don’t freeze in the winter and the grass stays green. To be a hitter from Connecticut means that you better have an extra set of keys to the indoor batting cage or maybe you’ve got one built inside a parking garage. East Coast guys have to battle to make winter workouts happen. Here’s a look at two high school players from opposite coasts, California high school pitcher Adam Plutko and Connecticut first baseman Tim Kiene.
The right-handed Plutko (Glendora High) showed at 86-89 in August and bumped 90-91 in October when he was able to create a little bit more extension and downhill plane. He will be a guy to check back on in the spring to see his progress. Plutko has a good frame, at 6-3, 190, but appeared to be trying to smooth out his delivery. If he can do that, he should be able to get more out of his arm.
Kiene (6-4, 220) reminds me of Jack Cust, a left-handed power hitting first baseman. Kiene’s power projection excites me. I felt he had some of the best raw power I saw in the summer. He’ll never have awe-inspiring secondary tools, but has room to make himself better and could earn a chance to hit his way through the ranks.