Bulls bolster staff with 6-7 juco right-hander
After losing key starting pitching to graduation, USF baseball coach Lelo Prado continues to add arms for 2013 from the junior college ranks, and the latest addition is Alex Vetter, a 6-foot-7 right-hander from Reno who shined at Feather River College in northern California this spring.
Vetter went 5-2 with a 2.60 ERA as a sophomore, striking out 45 batters while walking just 17 in 55 innings. He was a 32nd-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011 -- that's four rounds higher than Bulls ace Andrew Barbosa went last month -- and should compete for a weekend starting spot at USF, says his coach at Feather River.
"He was able to pitch well in big games. What he's going to give South Florida, I imagine, is a weekend starter," Terry Baumgartner said.
Baumgartner said Vetter has a fastball in the 87-91 mph range, with a good changeup and a curve and slider he can use as well. He chose the Bulls over offers from Nevada (in his hometown) and Kansas State and was recruited by Connecticut and Maryland as well. Baumgartner said he wouldn't be surprised if Vetter played only one year a USF and was drafted in 2013.
He's the third junior college pitcher to commit to the Bulls for 2013, joining a pair of lefties in Tallahassee Community College's Nolan Thomas and Santa Fe's Lawrence Pardo.