THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2012 – 9:57 AM
Scott Lacefield (Twitter: @ScottLacefield)
Texas Tech junior right-handed pitcher Trey Masek received another honor this week as the Giddings, Texas, native was tabbed by Perfect Game as having the No. 2 Slider in the Cape Cod League this past summer.
Perfect Game listed Masek No. 2 in the “Best Breaking Ball – Slider” category behind LHP Sean Manaea, who is a 6-foot-5 junior at Indiana State and pitched for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks last summer. Manaea is being projected by many college baseball reporters as the favorite to be the first overall selection in the first round in the 2013 MLB Draft.
What might be even more amazing – and a credit to the quality of pitchers in the Cape Cod League – is that Masek has been known more for the velocity of his fastball throughout his first two years at Tech (reportedly 95-96 MPH this summer) wasn’t included in the top five pitchers “Best Velocity” rankings.
In two seasons at Texas Tech, Masek is 7-8 with a 4.12 ERA in 34 appearances with 17 starts while pitching 120 innings with 79 strikeouts and 49 walks allowed while limiting opposing batters to a .264 batting average.
Masek, who the publication also ranked as a projected 1st-3rd draft pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, was a Cape Cod League All-Star last summer for the Falmouth Commodores and was one of the top pitchers in the “Cape”, which is known across the country as the premier collegiate baseball summer baseball league.
Masek has received numerous honors early on in his junior season from Baseball America and Perfect Game.