California right-handed pitcher Alex Schick has been selected in the sixth round, 183rd overall, by the Minnesota Twins. Should he sign -- and he has not responded to a request for comment -- he would join fellow Bears relievers Michael Theofanopoulos and Trevor Hildenberger, as well as 2015 Cal first baseman Chris Paul, in the Twins system.
The 6-foot-7 long-levered pitcher out of San Diego was limited to just seven outings this season, with two starts, including a 5.0-inning outing against Northwestern, where he went 5.0 innings, allowing two hits and one walk with two strikeouts.
He also had a scintillating outing against Washington State in a 7-0 win on May 28 in Pullman, Wash., where he held the Cougars hitless over four innings, striking out four and walking none.
Schick was limited because of a freak knee injury suffered playing long toss the day before the start of the 2016 season, but was slated to be the Bears' closer. Schick had an up-and-down career with the Bears, flashing an electric fastball that exploded downward and a sharp, biting 12-6 curveball.
Perhaps because of his spotty career in Berkeley -- 8 starts in 40 appearances -- the balance is tilted towards him leaving and being a full-time starter.
He came to Berkeley as a starter, but was inconsistent, at times losing command for an inning or two, unable to find the plate, and at other times, showing unhittable stuff. His 5.0-inning no-hit spot start against San Francisco in 2015 was masterful, and showed that he could very well be sent out as a starter should he choose to sign with the Twins and not return to school.