I was impressed with Evan taking the time as a sophomore to really focus on his mechanics, which helped him gain some velocity and allow him to get better bite on his curve ball. In addition, Evan was one of our hardest workers in the weight room and made significant gains in strength and endurance. I have not seen a sophomore, who was 13-2 as a freshman, work as hard as Maclane did this season to improve his game.
2. In what areas does MacLane need to continue to improve if he is to succeed and become a MLB pitcher?
I believe Evan has incredible make-up and knows how to pitch. It seems most kids throw hard, and learn to pitch in minor league baseball. Evan is the opposite. He is learning to throw hard, but is polished in terms of pitch location, selection and shutting down the running game. I think he will continue to mature physically and will need to continue to work hard in strength conditioning. He has shown great improvements in the last two years, and will need to continue to make gains to achieve his MLB goals.
3. Please describe MacLane's repertoire (FB, CB, SL, CU) etc, and what velocities does he throw each of his pitches?
Maclane is the type of pitcher who will show four pitches to each batter, with different speeds, locations and movement. Evan can locate a four and two seam fastball on the black with a velocity of 82-87 MPH. His ball is fairly straight, but can cut the ball on a right handed hitter at 81-82 MPH. Evan gets on top of his fastball and throws down hill very well. He uses his change up both as a pitch to get ahead, as well as an out pitch. It is very deceptive and hitters usually miss by a lot. A small circle change, the speed varies from 71-75 MPH, depending on how much he wants the ball to drop. A new addition, Evan worked hard on his knuckle curveball, 74-76 MPH, which has a sharp 12-6 rotation that breaks late in the zone.
4. What is his best pitch?
Take your pick. Evan can always get ahead with a fastball located down and off the plate, but is not afraid to start every hitter with a change up. Don't be surprised if Evan gets behind 3-1with runners in scoring position, and throws two change ups to strike the guy out. He will go to a fastball up, change or curve depending on what type of hitter is at the plate. I think all of his pitches are effective in certain situations.
5. What was Evan MacLane's most outstanding moment for the Golden Eagles?
I think Evan being named Co- Pitcher of the year for California this season summed up two great year's as an Eagle. With a record of 25-6 in two seasons, Evan pitched against every big opponent and every big game while at FRC.
6. Any other moments you'd care to share with NYMfansonly.com?
The only other moment I can share is that Evan told me, as a freshman, he would improve all his pitches, be an All American, Pitcher of the Year, Most Valuable Player, get drafted and play in the Major Leagues. So far, he has been right on all his predictions. I have confidence he will fulfill the last goal.
7. Has Evan MacLane pitched in a wooden bat league?
At FRC, we play 53 games each fall where our players have to swing wood. We also play a 35 game summer schedule where we swing wood. This makes our hitters much better once you put aluminum back in their hands. I think Evan will have no problem adjusting.
8. Please provide statistics for MacLane's season with the Golden Eagles?
Evan was 12-3 with a 2.49 ERA, 17 starts, 122.3 innings, 99 hits, 123 k's, and 18 bb's. Opponents hit .217 off Evan this year.
10. Are there any interesting human interest regarding volunteer work, family background or personal interest for Evan MacLane?
Evan has two beautiful children, Hailey and Jeremy, and has balanced his family and baseball exceptionally well for a young man.
11. What role do the Mets plan for him? Start? Relief?
Chuck Hensley, Jr., told me, the scout who drafted Evan, that he thought Evan would start after his success as a starter here.
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