Nick Vander Tuig | RHP, 21 yo, 6-3, 190 | 2013 Draft – 6
(AZL) 1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0 BB, 2 K
(A-) 3 GS, 6.2 IP, 13.50 ERA, 15 H, 2 BB, 5 K
(A+) 1 GS, 2.1 IP, 11.57 ERA, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K
The third pitcher taken by the Giants in the 2012 draft was Ty Blach (5th round), a lesser known pitcher – but a workhorse no less – out of Creighton. The next year, the Giants’ third pitcher selected in the draft was this kid, Nick Vander Tuig (6th round). Vander Tuig is a NorCal native (Oakdale) and Tommy John survivor who’s known more for his advanced control, but like Blach he’s not some creampuff lobbing fastballs over at 86. These guys know what they’re doing on the hill. Vander Tuig was a workhorse himself, and the ace of the National Champion UCLA staff last year. His 2013 line went as such: 19 GS, 14-4, 2.16, 129 IP, 18 BB, 93 K. He was also the winning pitcher in the National Championship, twirling an 8-inning beauty against Hunter Renfroe’s Mississippi State Bulldogs.
The Giants took it easy on him last summer after his extended college workload, but they liked him enough to send him up to San Jose in a spot start. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see him start next year back in the Cal League, but there will be a lot of arms fighting for those spots. If anyone could turn out to be the Blach of 2014, I would put my money on this guy. Personally, I think this could be the steal of the draft. To come up nails like that in the biggest game of your amateur career, that’s the kind of competitiveness you look for in a player… and that title game performance actually came after the Giants had selected him. Impressive stuff.
They said it: “Vander Tuig commands four pitches well. His fastball sits in the low 90s, and his best pitch is his straight changeup, which has the potential to be a plus offering. His breaking balls are still developing, giving him a chance to be a solid back-of-the rotation starter.” ~ MLB.com
(College Baseball Today/Eric Sorenson)