Giants bite on relief pitching in Round 6
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants drafted another pitcher in the sixth round with their selection of UCLA's Nick Vander Tuig on Friday.
Vander Tuig was an intriguing prospect in high school, but he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2009 and missed his senior year. He re-established himself at UCLA, where he was a right-handed reliever as a freshman before moving into the rotation last year. He started 16 games in 2013 for UCLA, going 11-4 with a 2.51 ERA. He struck out 77 and walked just 17 in 107 2/3 innings pitched.
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.
If starting doesn't work out, Vander Tuig should find a role in a Major League bullpen, because he has previous experience as a reliever.