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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Dreaming of Draft Stars- Austin Kubitza

by Jared Webb @webberoo11

Austin Kubitza 6'5/205” RHP
Rice University
DOB- 11/16/1991

Kubitza shared some draft day honors with fellow Rice commit Jameson Taillon when he was selected by the Pirates in the seventh round of the 2010 draft.  Unlike Taillon however  Kubitza elected to take his talent to Rice and has been the team’s ace since last year. 

Featuring a sinker/slider combo Kubitza uses a 3/4 arm slot and cross body delivery to induce weak contact.  His FB sits in the 89-92 range, ramping up as high as 95.  Kubitza’s slider can also serve as a power curve, and serves as a strike out pitch.

Austin has been working on a change-up that is showing plus potential and offers him a 3rd option.  The big knock on Austin is that his cross body delivery tends to disrupt with his command.  He has been impressive in both his freshman and sophomore years, winning Conference USA Freshman of the Year.  His frame gives him the chance to be an inning eater who induces lots of groundballs. 

While I don't see him coming off the board in the first round, I can see Kubitza being a really good second round pick up for any team.

c2013 by Jared Webb. Used with permission.

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