Bright Future Ahead for Top Ranked Right-Hander

Bright Future Ahead for Top Ranked Right-Hander

Eric Massingham has wanted one thing since he was five years old, and that was to play baseball. Eric could soon be able to live out his childhood dream in ways he never imagined.

The 6'2, 205 pound right hand pitcher is making his name heard around the country, and his baseball career has just begun. Baseball America recently acknowledged Massingham's talent by ranking him the fifteenth best high school baseball player in the nation, the eight best pitcher.

"I started playing tee-ball at age five, and even when I was younger than that I was always around baseball. I have been playing baseball my whole life," the third ranked player in the state of California said.

Massingham had a splendid junior season for De La Salle High, posting a 10-2 record and a 1.45 in 86 2/3 innings, while striking out 106 batters. Massingham however, did not stop pitching. He spent his summer as a member of the Norcal Baseball Team as well as participating in a range of Showcases, as he continued flashing his brilliance going a combined 6-0 with a 1.84 ERA striking out 44 batters in 38 innings.

Massingham will be attending Cal Poly next fall and will step into the top spot of the rotation immediately, however for now his main goal will be to help his high school team achieve the goal they missed by one game in his junior season.

"Last year we made it to the finals and lost, so we are hoping to go all the way this time."

At just age 18, Massingham features three plus pitches including a major league type low 90's fastball with solid movement. Although he is labeled as a "pitcher" rather than just a thrower, Massingham has been clocked in the mid 90's several times, and does have the potential to add mph's to his fastball.

"I am a fastball, slider, change-up pitcher, and I have been working on my change-up for a couple of years, just trying to improve it" said Massingham. "I am at the point right now that I feel comfortable throwing it in any count and I consider it one of my better pitches right now."

Massingham has been followed by scouts his entire high school career, whether it was pitching in California, in showcases all around the United States, or even in Taiwan this past September when Massingham pitched for the US Junior National Team.

"I've been playing in traveling teams since the age of ten, so playing in front of people and scouts is really nothing new for me, and really does not make me nervous at all" said the California right-hander.

In September, Massingham went to Taiwan for most of the month representing the United States Junior National Team. He appeared in two games, against Korea and the Netherlands, going 1-0 in 9 plus innings of work.

"It definitely is tough at times" the 18 year old said. "At the beginning of this school year, I left after three days to go to Taiwan with the national team, so when I came back I was three weeks behind in the classroom, so it is tough in the sense that you are gone a lot of times."

For any team that is willing to put off the Moneyball factor of high school pitchers, they could come away with a steal by drafting Massingham, as several reports on him have labeled him a polished pitcher able to be a top starter for any top college program.

"Right now I am just working on getting stronger, and put myself in a good situation for when the draft comes around" said the third ranked prospect in the state of California.

As well as striving in excellence on the baseball field, the Concord native strives in the classroom. Massingham has received the North Coast Section's Scholar Athlete awards that are presented each year for an athlete maintaining a 3.5 and higher GPA.

"I definitely take up as much pride in my class work as I do in my baseball game," said Massingham. "My outlook on it is if you can't work hard in the class room and prove you can get good grades, then how does that look on the baseball side of it. I work hard in everything I do, and the class room is nothing different."

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