A scout's view
|While clearly a star at the high school level, what kind of impact might no-hit phenom Patrick Schuster have on a professional level? Here's what one scout that MLB.com spoke to had to say:|
Patrick Schuster, LHP, Mitchell HS, Fla.
|Fastball: It's average, touching 90 mph with downhill plane.|
|Curve: Also grades out as average. He throws it 74-77 mph.|
|Changeup: He throws it 78-80 mph. It's an average offering as well.|
|Summary: Schuster is an interesting, if not spectacular high school lefty who is pretty much average across the board. His has a funky, deceptive delivery and knows how to pitch. The University of Florida recruit won't be among the top high school pitchers taken, but no-hitters aside, he could be an interesting middle-round choice for a team that thinks it can sign him away from his college commitment. Could possibly go as high as fourth round.|
Schuster, a high school senior in a suburb of Tampa, Fla., pitched his fourth straight no-hitter Monday night, leading his Mitchell High team to a 5-0 win over rival Pasco with 17 strikeouts, according to The Associated Press.
"I never thought this would happen," Schuster told the AP. "I'm just having so much fun right now."
Schuster has thrown no-hitters in each of his four starts since April 3 and has struck out 60 batters in the games. He has improved his record to 7-0, and his team is 19-3.
Schuster has a fastball that has been clocked at more than 90 mph and plans to play at the University of Florida next year.
In the meantime, he's still got two more no-hitters to throw to match the high school record of six straight.
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.