BSB: Getting to Know Trevin Haseltine
BERKELEY -- One of the top freshman arms in the nation coming in to this season, Trevin Haseltine is ranked as the No. 60 first-year player by Perfect Game USA, but he won't be contributing right away.
A prototypical power pitcher, Haseltine – at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds – has boat loads of potential that still needs to be unlocked. Last season for Vacaville (Calif.) Will C. Wood, Haseltine tossed a no-hitter against Fairfield (Calif.) Armijo, fanning 10 en route to a five-inning, 11-0 romp.
Haseltine was ranked the No. 1 right-handed pitcher in baseball talent-rich California by Perfect Game USA, and was rated the No. 3 prospect in the Far West League by Baseball America this past summer.
When he's humming, Haseltine can throw as hard as 94 mph, but he's struggled a bit this fall and spring with some mechanical hitches that pitching coach Mike Neu has tried to iron out in various creative ways, including having the big righty take groundballs at shortstop to get into a more natural throwing motion.
Once those mechanical issues are fixed, Haseltine – who's topped out at around 91 consistently this fall and spring, and features a downhill, over-the-top approach -- has a very high ceiling, particularly if his secondary pitches develop. Haseltine came in a bit disjoined, but his motion has smoothed out noticeably over the past five months, and every outing has been better than the last. He'll be behind the eight ball a bit with fellow freshmen Alex Schick and Daulton Jefferies slotted into the starting rotation to start the season, but once he gets some college innings under his belt, the learning curve will be very steep, indeed.
Haseltine does gain some synchronicity in his delivery from the stretch, but he does lose a few miles per hour from his fastball. That's one more thing on the list of things to fix, but, again, once he masters kinetic linking in his deliver and gains consistency, he's going to be a very tough pitcher to hit, owing not only to his velocity, but to how well he hides the ball.
Haseltine profiles as a true front-of-the-rotation hurler, with the potential to also get some early innings towards the back of the bullpen, though the set-up and closer roles will be filled early on by last season's Friday starter Ryan Mason (still stretching his arm out after a knee injury slowed his development in January) and side-arming slider artist Trevor Hildenberger, who's slated to close.
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