Mitch Watrous, the Pac-12 ace, gives the following scouting report on Mitch Watrous, the Riverton High senior:
Mid-80s fastball — tops.
No mound savvy.
"Just an average high school pitcher. Nothing special."
That Watrous was selected in the eighth round of the MLB draft by the San Diego Padres on Friday is largely because Utah pitching coach Mike Crawford didn't agree with that assessment. Watrous was special, he thought.
"He saw something that a lot of guys didn't see," Watrous said. "Crawford's a real competitive guy, and what he saw, I think, was my competitiveness."
The right-hander transformed himself after walking on at the U. Watrous developed command of three pitches, and his bread-and-butter sinking fastball now clocks in the mid-90s. He started the final seven weeks of his true freshman year. As a sophomore he was named honorable mention All-Pac-12.