San Francisco Giants prospect Ty Blach came out of relative nowhere this season in San Jose, boasting a (current) 12-4 record with a 2.90 ERA with 117 Strike Outs in 130 innings in the CAL League. Blach, a fifth round pick in 2012 out of Creighton is currently listed as the San Francisco Giants number 12 prospect in the organization and rising fast due to the year he is having in San Jose, as he was projected at number 20 in the preseason. Blach throws a low 90’s fastball with a good changeup, a slider which he can throw for strike outs and a plus curveball. The left hander is projected as a back of the rotation starter, he is set to make his debut in the big leagues either at the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015.
I compare his pitching style and mechanics to that of a left handed Roy Oswalt, as neither of them are the biggest guys in the world, yet they each have strong bottom half’s which they rely on for their power. They incorporate a pretty high leg kick out of the windup and both come from a three quarter arm slot as. Blach doesn’t throw as hard as Oswalt did, nor is his stuff really that comparable, as Oswalt during the peak of his career had one of the best curveballs in the game. Oswalt was a superstar, and Blach is still at the beginning of his development. Blach may not ever have the stuff that Roy Oswalt did but they do resemble each other mechanically. I am not saying Blach can’t be that, because if he keeps pitching the way he is, and adds some more velocity on his fastball, he very well could be, but right now I’ll keep that comparison to just size and mechanics.
We at Bay Sports Report cannot wait to see this guy in a Giants uniform in 2014 or 2015. In fact, three fifths of that rotation in San Jose is projected big league starters (Crick and Blackburn, as well as Blach) all of whom are really good guys too. We’d especially like to thank Ty for allowing us to sit down and ask him a few questions. Cal League playoffs are coming up, and the San Jose Giants are battling for a championship, I encourage all of you in the San Jose area to check them out if you want a fun night at the ballpark.