Class: HS Senior
Hometown: Pembroke Pines, Florida
Born: January 31, 1994
If there’s one thing that separates the 2011 draft class, which is already going down in history as being epically, well…epic, from this year’s crop, it’s velocity. The class of 2011 featured nearly two dozen hurlers capable of hitting the upper 90s. This year…not so much.
Nick Travieso is one of just a handful of pitchers who have consistently been clocked in the mid-to-high 90s, and that’s a primary reason that he has so much helium headed into the final month before the draft.
Travieso began his career at the heralded American Heritage, where he closed games as a freshman, utlilizing a mid 90s fastball that scraped 96 mph and a swing-and-miss changeup to devastating results. He made the move to Archbishop McCarthy and has seen his stock rise even higher since a move into the rotation.
This spring alone, Travieso has been clocked as high as 99 mph. That in itself would be enough to warrant a spot in the first-round, but combine that with the fact that he has made great strides with his secondary stuff, which now includes a slider to complement his above-average changeup and a rarely utilized cutter.
The results have been eye-popping. He already has one no-hitter under his belt this season, and nearly had another in his first outing after. Archbishop McCarthy is 25-4, ranked nationally and poised for a regional final matchup with former state champion Naples.
Fastball: 91-96 mph
Changeup: 74-81 mph
Slider: 79-83 mph