We could write for hours about the great starters that have come out of Rice University over the years... Mathew Reckling, Andrew Benak, Tony Cingrani, Phillip Humber, Jeff Niemann... but standing right along side of them is 6-5 RHP Austin Kubitska.
The ace of the staff at Rice, Kubitza used primarily a sinker/slider combo to the tune of a 2.69 ERA and .211 BAA in 2012. He was arguably even more impressive as a freshman in 2011, tallying 102 strikeouts in 100 innings en route to the Conference USA Freshman of the Year award. Kubitza's fastball sits in the 90-91 range but it has great life with both movement and sink. His breaking ball, interchangeably described as both a power curve and a slider, sits in the 78-82 range and he can throw it effectively for strikes. Long, lean and lanky, Kubitza is athletic on the mound and it shows. His motion is quick, simple and generates a clean arm angle with good arm speed. Kubitza has put up very impressive statistics over his first two years at Rice, and an equally impressive third year could certainly put him in first or second round talks come draft day. MLB Comparison: Chris Volstad http://www.coast2coastprospects.com/austin-kubitza.html
Austin Kubitza is a 6-5 202 right handed pitcher that threw a lot of off-speed pitches, especially to begin his outing. He doesn't throw especially hard, showing off more of a sinker than a fastball at 89-90 MPH. He gets arm-side tail and downward movement on the fastball/sinker. He works with what looks like a good change that he can throw for strikes along with a slider that he gets very good movement on (glove side) and bounces quite often http://irfast.blogspot.com/2012/10/scouting-reports-on-rices-baseball-team.html
Player: Austin Kubitza
Date of Birth: 11/16/1991
2013 Class: College Junior
Previously Drafted: 2010, 7th Rd, Pirates
- Fastball generally sits 88 to 92, touches 95
- Fastball has excellent movement; run and sink
- Low to mid 80′s slider with late break, shows plus
- Developing change that could be an above average 3rd pitch
- 3/4 arm slot
- Cross body delivery
- Inconsistent mechanics have led to issues with command http://bigleaguefutures.net/1/2012/09/19/2013-mlb-draft-profile-austin-kubitza/
Mack - Austin is a particular favorite of mine (and a great interview!) and I'd love him to still be around with the Mets third pick.