For any chance at success in this weekend's NCAA Tournament Regional in Austin (Tex.), of course the Cardinal need to win on Friday behind junior ace Greg Reynolds. But it takes big pitching performances from your team's second, third and maybe fourth starters to survive the four-team double-elimination Regional format. One of the top arms for Stanford surely will be freshman left-hander Jeremy Bleich, who has started six games and is tied for third on the staff in innings pitched. 4-4 on the season, the frosh sports an excellent 3.56 ERA with hitters managing a .258 average against him. Bleich has showed poise and control in his first collegiate season, walking just 15 batters against 36 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings.
The postseason is an annual affair for Stanford Baseball, this year marking the 13th straight for the Cardinal, but this weekend in Austin will be the first taste of NCAA action for the freshman. He talked to us Monday after the team's practice and their tournament at-large selection about his outlook. Bleich also discussed what this first year of college baseball has been for him, how he has grown and what has made him successful. For all this, plus his thoughts on a possible match-up pitching against Texas, enjoy this exclusive Bootleg Video.
Jeremy Bleich Scout Profile
Jeremy Bleich NCAA selection interview -
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