Righthander Zach Eflin, a projected first-round pick out of Hagerty High in Oviedo, Fla., returned to action Tuesday for the first time in a month. Now he won't pitch again for three more weeks.
Eflin pitched three innings for Hagerty, giving up two hits, but Spruce Creek High rallied to win the game 4-3 and end Hagerty's season. Eflin, a Central Florida signee, will pitch next during Florida's high school all-star weekend in Sebring, Fla., from May 25-27.
Hagerty coach Jared Godwin said this morning that Eflin threw well considering he had not faced live hitters since the end of March.
"He sat 91-92 (mph) and peaked at 94 multiple times," Godwin said. "He showed his plus changeup and good command. His breaking ball is coming along. It was at its best in the third (inning). I feel really good about where he is right now."
Eflin had as much helium as any high school pitcher in the nation this spring before missing April with triceps tendinitis. The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder had a clean MRI and should be able to pitch his way back into first-round consideration if he throws well again in Sebring, which will be heavily scouted due to the deep, talented Sunshine State prep class.