USPBL TO MLB
The following pitchers have all signed MLB contracts after playing in the USPBL.
St. Louis Cardinals
Ross became the first ever player in USPBL history to sign with a MLB organization. His ability to throw from different arm angles, throw strikes, attack hitters, and dominance against left handed hitters enticed the St. Louis Cardinals to give him an opportunity to play at the next level.
Evan had the greatest fastball command in the USPBL during 2016. With over 30 IP and just one walk, he showcased the ability to truly pitch with his fastball in any count during any situation. He worked extremely quick, attacked hitters, and once his fastball velocity increased, he proved he could pitch at the next level.
McDonald is a true competitor on the mound and rarely got rattled during his time with the USPBL. He showcased an ability to flash an “extra” gear when he needed to finish off a hitter. Chris excelled at keeping hitters off balance by using his above average change up and sinking fastball.
Mitch came into the USPBL with an above average fastball and power slider but inconsistent with the timing of his delivery. In just four weeks, Aker learned how to trust his mechanics, stay consistent, and his performance dramatically improved. He became a dominant reliever out of the bullpen and just weeks after his USPBL season ended, signed a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Recently released by the Seattle Mariners, Hawtin came into the USPBL in search of improving his ability to throw strikes. Over the course of the season, Hawtin worked diligently to reinvent his mechanics, learn how to use his body effectively, and towards the end of the year he was flashing a 98mph fastball in the zone repeatedly. A month after the USPBL season ended, the Cincinnati Reds signed him to a professional contract.
During 2016, Potter had the best overall "stuff" of any pitcher. He featured a mid 90's fastball with a 12-6 curveball that frequently dominated hitters. Along with Mitch Aker, he was a dominant and reliable arm during the Utica Unicorns championship run.