The San Francisco Giants have selected Oregon State pitcher Bryce Fehmel in the 21st round of the 2019 MLB draft (pick #626).
Fehmel is one of my favorite players at Oregon State. His long flowing-hair and cool demeanor is perfect on the mound and he rarely gets rattled. He actually mostly played shortstop in high school and would occasionally pitch. The Beavers recruited him as an infielder but due to a logjam of position players and a need for more pitching, Fehmel flipped the script and made the transition to full-time pitcher.
Bryce Fehmel doesn’t over-power anyone with his arm on the mound; his fastball tops out at about 89 mph, but you can’t argue with his results. He consistently throws strikes with his four-seam fastball, slider and change-up and he trusts the defense to make plays behind him.
Fehmel seems to particularly excel against home run hitters and lineups featuring several power-hitters. His command of the strike zone keeps batters off-balanced and he generally forces ground-outs. Fehmel’s got a little bit of Jamie Moyer in him, in that his arm isn’t over-powering he just rarely give the batter anything good to hit.
Bryce Fehmel had a brilliant career with Oregon State and was somewhat shocked he wasn’t selected in the 2018 MLB draft. Best of luck to Bryce Fehmel at the next level!