Game three of Wednesday’s TOS action featured a pitching matchup that could not be ignored. On the mound for Babe Ruth was the highly touted Brady Aiken. Aiken, a 6-foot-4 UCLA commit has been a regular on the radar of scouts, as the big lefty features a fastball in the 88-92 MPH range. For Dixie, it was the 6-3 righthander Sean Reid-Foley who took the ball. Reid-Foley is less of a household name among scouts and coaches, but as a big, physical thrower, Reid-Foley has the ability to become one of the better righthanders in the 2014 class.
Neither starter disappointed in their TOS debuts. Aiken threw three innings without surrendering a hit and struck out seven hitters, while walking only two. Reid-Foley nearly matched Aiken pitch-for-pitch, hanging three zeroes of his own, allowing just one hit and striking out three. For both pitchers, it was clear that reaching an early comfort zone was important.
“I was nervous,” Reid-Foley said, “and then coach came over to me and was like…’just be special, just relax and throw strikes.’ That simmered me down.”
Reid-Foley, a Florida State commit, showed little sign of nervousness, and worked around early control issues with an imposing fastball that reached 92 at times. He flashed a good feel for his slider, burying hitters with its sharp downward action, and showed a separate breaking ball that featured more depth and sat in the mid 70’s.
Both Reid-Floey and Aiken also impressed with their ability to repeat fluid, easy wind-ups. Neither labored much, if at all, during a quick-paced three innings. Aiken picked up the win as Babe Ruth defeated Dixie 4-2.