Division II has produced some quality draft picks over the past few seasons. Most of them come on the mound.
As I continue my coverage of DII baseball from Opening Day to the championships in Grand Prairie, Texas for NCAA.com, I'll share with Minor League Ball some of the under-the-radar potential draft picks I uncover.
Tampa's Garrett Cave isn't so much under-the-radar anymore. He had a huge summer out in the Cape Cod League. He was both a starter and reliever for Florida International and transferred to Tampa to enter the starting rotation full time.
It has proven to be the right choice early on. The Spartans improved to 6-1 yesterday, with Cave picking up his third win in as many chances. He is now 3-0 with a 1.20 ERA striking out 24 and walking eight over 15 innings. He has gone four, five and six innings in each of his three starts, so he is seemingly now in "game shape".
Cave described his arsenal to me earlier this week:
"I throw a four-seam and two-seam fastball, a curveball, change-up, and a cutter. The pitch I really have all of my confidence and heart in is my fastball. It has been a pitch that has always worked for me, especially since God has blessed me with the ability to throw hard. I have great confidence in my off speed as well but when I know I can put away a batter with a well placed fastball, thats what I love to do. The pitch that I need to keep working on is the cutter only because I started throwing it this summer. It has shown a lot of potential and Im excited to start utilizing it."
You can get the full scoop on Cave and the Tampa Spartans quest for their eighth national championship by reading the full feature at NCAA.com.