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Bryce Montes de Oca

#25 | RHP
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Bryce Montes de Oca
Name: Bryce Montes de Oca
Born: Apr 23, 1996 in Lawrence, KS
High School: Lawrence (Kan.) HS
College: Missouri
Ht.: 6'7" / Wt.: 265 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 9th round (260th overall) by the New York Mets in 2018 (signed for $152,100)
Montes de Oca had to wait quite a while to get going at Missouri. After barely pitching as a freshman, he redshirted the following year to have ulnar nerve transposition surgery, which could be considered a follow-up to the Tommy John surgery he had in high school. Since then, Montes de Oca has proved that his massive fastball is back, and he's done a good job of improving his control. He was drafted by the Nationals in the 15th round last year, which was one round later than when the White Sox took him in the 14th round out of high school in 2014. Instead of signing with the Nationals, Montes de Oca opted to return to Missouri and began his redshirt junior season by striking out 12, throwing the first seven innings of a no-hitter against Maryland Baltimore County. He also held Auburn to one hit in six scoreless innings, but after being scratched from a start against Florida because of a stiff neck, he bounced back-and-forth between the Tigers' bullpen and weekend rotation. Montes de Oca's lengthy medical history turns off some teams and the massive, 6-foot-7, 245-pound righthander doesn't always maintain his delivery, which explains his five walks per nine innings. Even with those control issues, he's 6-4, 3.21 and has held opposing hitters to a .174 average this season while striking out 10.6 batters per nine innings. As a starter, he sits 94-97 mph and touches 98-99 pretty much every time out. He's ticked 100 mph at times. In addition to his plus-plus fastball, his slurvy, 85-86 mph slider is a plus pitch thanks to its power, even if its shape is less than ideal. Montes de Oca's control troubles may lead to an eventual move to the bullpen if a pro team isn't extremely patient, but as a reliever, he could be a fast mover thanks to two plus pitches.
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