Cove Chatter 100: #28

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.” ~

Vander Tuig video:
UCLA Profile:

(College Baseball Today/Eric Sorenson)


7 thoughts on “Cove Chatter 100: #28”

  1. UCLA didn’t win a championship with Cole & Bauer, they did it with Vander Tuig et al. As a UCLA alum, I’m all for Vander Tuig climbing the ranks. Nice profile you did for him.

    1. Don’t mess with the Pac-12! I love this guy. He may not have the best stuff, but you’ve got to do something right to pitch like that in one of the best conferences in America. He’s a competitor… and there only seem to be a handful of people talking about him at this point. Hopefully that changes. Don’t know if he’ll go to Augusta or San Jose, but I expect him to compete every time out.

  2. By the 6th round of the 2013 draft, a quarter of baseball was already playing draft games, taking senior signs to save pool money for 11th round overslot. This is where playing it straight pays off. Adam Plutko lasted til the 11th because teams couldn’t meet his bonus demands in the 5-7. The Giants had a good feel for what NVT wanted, and they got him at great value. I agree with you CC, I think he is going to be the steal of the draft. His closing out the CWS in style was mighty impressive. Much has been made about his velocity, but he’s only 1 MPH down from where he was pre-TJ in HS, when he sat 90-93. He will have to prove out every level though, it’ll be hard to be the first guy to SJ with so many of the Augusta guys going there already. Very interested to see where they put Snelten, Chase Johnson and NVT. One of those guys goes to SJ methinks.

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