Brady Aiken may be gone, both to Florida and rehab in anticipation of a second-straight run in the MLB Entry Draft, but that doesn’t mean that San Diego has lost its ace pitcher quotient. Quite the opposite, thanks to one Drew Finley.
Finley, a senior at Rancho Bernardo, struck out 20 of 21 total outs in Rancho Bernardo’s 2-1 victory against local rival Ramona. The well-built 6-foot-3 ace allowed a total of two hits and got the lone non-strikeout out on a dribbler that came with an 0-2 count.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Finley’s mound maestro turn was the simplicity with which he worked. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the senior used just three consistent pitches in the victory and often relied on an overpowering fastball that reached as high as 93 miles-per-hour and was executed with priceless poise.
That kind of precision makes it awfully hard to hit, as Ramona found out despite entering with a respectable team batting average of .316; incredibly with just two hits in the loss, Ramona’s team average across the entire season dropped all the way to .296 because of Finley’s dominance.
On the season, Finley is a perfect 5-0 with a 0.64 ERA. He has 57 strikeouts, 16 hits and just four walks in 33 innings.
So, does Finley have a future in MLB or at USC, where he has committed to play baseball? Only time will tell, though a few more 20 strikeout performances would likely inspire the kind of draft choice that might make it very difficult to choose a three-year stint in college.