BSB: Getting to Know Alex Schick

After naming Daulton Jefferies as the No. 1 starter heading into the weekend opener against Texas, the Bears announced on Monday that fellow freshman Alex Schick could take the bump on Saturday, and he's one tall drink of water.



PALO ALTO, Calif. -- On Monday, California head baseball coach David Esquer announced that the Bears may very well go with two true freshmen to start the season on the hill, with Daulton Jefferies and his explosive arm taking the ball on Fridays, and either senior lefty Kyle Porter or true freshman Alex Schick on Saturdays.

At 6-foot-6, Schick has one of the most sustainable deliveries you'll see, particularly given his size. He comes at hitters with an over-the-top motion and throws very downhill, getting on hitters in a hurry.

Schick has very sharp breaking pitches and an explosive fastball that has a sudden, late jump. He's very mature for a young arm, and can reach into the low-90s with regularity. As the year and as his career progresses, he's going to gain size and velocity. As tall as he is, it's difficult to put muscle on his frame in a hurry, but he's already put on 20 pounds since he signed, and now stands at 6-6, 195.

Schick has an outstanding slider to go along with a fastball in the high 80s-low 90s, and he's only going to get better.

Cal opens the season up on Friday at 7:00 p.m. against Texas.

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