A Quarter Finals Match-up
It wouldn’t be USBC if there was not a Richmond Braves vs. Virginia Cardinals conversation. Both programs have a long history of winning in Virginia and at the U.S. Baseball Championships. It is said to be one of the better rivalries in travel baseball, and yesterday these teams squared off in the quarter finals of the upperclass event. The Virginia Cardinals won the contest by a run, but the story today is about the starting pitchers from both programs.
#19 Jimmy Starnes – 2019 RHP - Virginia Cardinals – West Virginia University verbal commit
Starnes is a Virginia native that attends IMG Academy in Florida. He has shown arm strength and promise all along, but yesterday it was apparent he is really figuring out how to pitch. We have seen huge improvements in his stuff since last year at USBC. His FB is reported to often reach the low 90s or higher, and more impressive is the amount of arm side run and natural deception from his ¾ slot and relatively easy delivery. Complimenting his plus FB is the makings of a wipeout slider. Scouts will hope to see Starnes mature and show better presence on the mound in challenging situations, but there is no question he has the stuff to make it happen at the highest of levels. Starnes went the distance and got the win for the Cardinals.
#6 Mason Delane – 2019 RHP – Richmond Braves – VCU verbal commit
Delane is an athletic bodied pitcher listed at 6’4’’, 178 lbs. He has a conventional over the top delivery that generates serious hand speed and downhill velocity. Delane throws a hard breaking ball that has some shape now and a lot of promise. He is also a K thrower, and with his athletic frame and sound mechanics, expect to see big velocity jumps in the future. Delane topped out at 89 mph at an event earlier this summer.