San Francisco - Last Spring, I scouted a game between Clayton Valley HS and Las Lomas HS. I went there to scout an infielder (Cody Stephens, now at U of Washington) and left there with a couple of names of future prospects.
One player I saw and was immediately immediately impressed by was Las Lomas HS outfielder Logan Frandsen (2012). Frandsen wowed me with his all-around game and physicality. He must have left a similar impression on college coaches last summer because before 2011 was over, Frandsen had given a verbal commitment to Oregon State University. The Beavers are going to keep their fingers crossed and hope Frandsen gets to school. His overall package borders on 5-tool talent and the local MLB scouts have already begun to notice him.
Another player I saw that day and noted as a player for college coaches to keep an eye on was lefthander Domenic Mazza (2012), of Clayton Valley HS. On Tuesday I received an email from a college pitching coach asking me if I was aware of Mazza (he didn't know what high school he was at) and did I have any contactd information for him.
At first, I failed to recall him and emailed back that no, I was not aware of him but would do some homework and get back to him. So of course I went to the computer, went to Google, found some information about Mazza, including where he goes to high school. That was when I started to remember him a bit, but not fully. So I called an assistant coach at Clayton Valley and he reminded me that I not only saw Mazza last spring, but I blogged about him too. Guess I am getting old and the memory is fading.
Here is what I wrote about Mazza last March 23rd, during his sophomore year... "Clayton Valley soph LHP Domenic Mazza relieved the starter in the 2nd inning and did a nice job for the Eagles. He is a 6'1" 175 lb lefty with a nice arm action and some angle on the fastball. His velo was around 80 mph and he tossed in a couple of decent sliders. College coaches should put his name down and start to follow him, I think he is going to be a good one."
Fast forward to December of 2010 and apparently the young Mazza is also a very talented golfer. Here is a link to www.worldgolf.com and a story about Domenic, from a long-drive competition. Now, I have not seen him pitch since last spring and I have never seen him on a golf driving range (other than on YouTube) but he has quickly become a legend in the long drive competition world for his incredible ability at such a young age.
Recently college baseball coaches have seen him pitching for a travel ball club, the Danville Hoots, and are getting very interested in the young lefty, which prompted the original email to me from the college coach. I called a former college recruiting coordinator who now coaches one of the Hoots teams, thinking maybe he knew Mazza and had seen him recently. His report was that in addition to throwing harder than when I last saw him, Mazza's slider has really become a devasting pitch and he routinely strikes out 10+ hitters... at least he has been doing that in fall ball.
It is quite an interesting thing to correlate driving a golf ball and pitching. Both require a lot of torque from the mid-section (core) and power in the lower half, as well as arm/hand speed. Maybe more pitchers should take driving lessons to improve their fastball velocity! In that story at worldgolf.com it mentions that his club head speed is 145 mph and I do know that significantly relates to his ability to create velocity with a baseball. His long drive which got him to the finals of that competition was 436 yards.
It is also interesting to note that Mazza just began long driving last August. Here is some video of him driving the golf ball. Now, I do not know exactly how hard he was throwing when I saw him last spring (eyeballs said around 80-81, give or take a couple of mph).
Is it possible that 8-10 months later he has gained 7-8 mph? Absolutely and from what I read about his long driving ability, it is entirely likely.