By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
March 1, 2013
Adam Plutko is another one of these guys I have seen since we started the site. I understand he turned down the big bucks out of high school to come to UCLA. Here’s a look from the sophomore year.
My old pal Spider could write this guy’s scouting report on the back of a cocktail napkin — Middle rotation strike thower, doesn’t overpower anyone, works fast and changes speed, pitches to contact and doesn’t fear it. Ordinary stuff, plus control on his best days, competitive innings eater. Gets hit when he misses.
The truth is I will probably like this guy more in pro ball than I have ever liked him in college. I understand how stupid young hitters are, and how pitchers like this guy tend to continue developing into seasoned attackers. At some point, the good ones realize the limitations of their stuff and begin to attack hitters where they are shocked a guy like him would attack them. Lew Burdette is sort of the patron saint of crazy-minded pitch-to-contact right-handers on this site — fearless guys who would throw anything any time, at your head and at your feet, keeping as Red Smith said, his pitches as low as his intentions. The more Plutko develops into that guy who cuts the ball, makes it run and sink, moves the box around, changes speeds, and coaxes bad swings out of good hitters, the better he’ll be. Truthfully the pro side will be better for him — where a coach isn’t telling the hitter to take. Plutko needs swings early in the count to survive. The longer he fools them, the longer he’ll hang around.