Zych has come a long way since his high school days.
Back then, he was a two-way star, throwing low 90s bullets on the mound and utilizing an attacking swing at the plate.
Since deciding to focus on pitching full-time, Zych has really blossomed.
Last season, Zych fluctuated between the bullpen and the rotation, and it had an impact on his game. He still posted a winning record (5-2), but his ERA ballooned to 5.13. He did, however, have 50 strikeouts in 59.2 innings.
And Zych iced his cake last summer in the Cape Cod League, where he collected a league-leading 12 saves, while notching a 0.89 ERA, with 29 strikeouts in 20.1 innings. For his efforts, he was named the league’s relief pitcher of the year and the top pro prospect of the year, both amazing honors.
This year, Zych has emerged as one of the top closers in college ball, saving 12 games for UL’s .500 squad. He hasn’t been as dominant, getting only 27 strikeouts in 25.1 innings, but his ERA of 2.84 looks very nice compared to last year’s.
Clearly, Zych’s future is on the mound, and most likely coming out of the bullpen. He can crank his fastball into the mid-90s now and compliments it with an above-average slider.
Zych could be one of the first college relievers off the board.