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March 26, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Extra Bases: Summerville’s pitching repertoire, DI talent

Welcome to Extra Bases, which we will put on this space each Wednesday during the baseball season. If you know of any outstanding individuals, teams or performances that deserve to be written about, please feel free to let me know by email (jliebeskind@seattletimes.com) or on Twitter (@jlieb24).

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We’ve already discussed Lakeside pitcher Andrew Summerville and his intense preparation. The story also touched on his comeback from arm fatigue, his commitment to Stanford and his plans to put off professional baseball, even if he is selected in the MLB first-year player draft in June (which he should be).

What we didn’t get to do was go more in depth into him as a pitcher. After Summerville struck out 15 in five innings Monday against West Seattle, allowing two hits in the no-decision, I thought we should talk about what the senior is about on the mound.

The left-hander touches 90 mph on the radar gun, which makes him a power pitcher at the high school level. Summerville is more experienced as a finesse pitcher, though, and has complete control over his curveball, slider and changeup.

“Most kids, it’s fastball, curveball,” Lakeside pitching coach Mark Bishop said. “They don’t have a curveball and a slider. Sometimes changeup’s kind of last pitch kids get command of. But to have all four of those, and he actually command all four when he was a freshman.”

Bishop, who says he Summerville showed great talent as a 13 year old when he coached against him, believes the ability to throw so many pitches effectively comes from years of working with Seattle University pitching coach Dave Wainhouse. That is a thought also echoed by Summerville, who wholly credits Wainhouse with his development.

Division I talent

The baseball talent in the Seattle area is unreal. Check out the number of players that signed a letter-of-intent to play at the Division I level during the early-signing period.

Oregon State University

*Michael Gretler         INF                 Bonney Lake HS (WA)

University of Oregon

*Carson Breshears   INF                  Mount Si HS (WA)
*Branden Kelliher       RHP                Lake Stevens HS (WA)

Washington State University

*Sam Boone                RHP                Shorewood HS (WA)
*Daniel Fredrickson   OF                   Bothell HS (WA)
*JJ Hancock                C                     Kennewick HS (WA)
*Haakon Lande          INF                 Snohomish HS (WA)
*Drew Lunde              LHP                Skyline HS (WA)
*Tyler McDowell        LHP/OF          Puyallup HS (WA)
*Ryan Walker             RHP                Arlington HS (WA)
*Scott Sunitsch           LHP                Todd Beamer HS (WA)
Derek Chapman          OF                   Issaquah HS (WA)

University of Washington

*KJ Brady                   OF                   Cascade HS (WA)
*Scottie Graham         C                     O’Dea HS (WA)

Seattle University

*TJ Bryne                    OF                   Thomas Jefferson HS (WA)
*Chris Carns               RHP                Decatur HS (WA)
*David Marshall         LHP                Kamiakin HS (WA)
*Ky Dye                      RHP                Cascade HS (WA)
Sheldon Stober        INF                 Kentridge HS (WA)/Bellevue CC (WA)

University of New Mexico

*Taiki Green               OF                   Bonny Lake HS (WA)
Quinn Rawson             1B                   Puyallup HS (WA)

Stanford University

*Andrew Summerville  LHP              Lakeside HS (WA)

University of Mississippi

Joe Wainhouse            1B                   Kentridge HS (WA)

Wake Forest University

*Stuart Fairchild         OF                   Seattle Prep (WA)

University of Missouri

*Nick Kiel                   LHP                Jackson HS (WA)/Bellevue CC (WA)

Campbell University

*Ryan Malone           INF/C              Tahoma HS (WA)/Bellevue CC (WA)

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