|Report Date:||April 2nd, 2018|
In short spurts over the summer, Bartnicki showed a power fastball at 92-to-94 mph that got on hitters in a hurry thanks to plus deception. He didn’t find the same success at the National High School Invitational, struggling through a start against Green Hope (N.C.) on Wednesday.
Though he touched 94 mph in the first inning, his fastball sat more regularly in the 88-to-91 mph range with below average command. There’s some funk within Bartnicki’s delivery, complete with a wrist wrap and stabbing arm action behind his back, and he stays closed deep into his throwing motion, often causing inconsistencies in his release. What minimal movement his slider showed was vertical, though it lacked the bite it showed over the summer. His changeup was firm and flat at 82-to-85 mph. What was particularly noticeable from both behind home plate and in observing Bartnicki from the side along the first-base line, was that Bartnicki was slowing his arm considerably when throwing his secondary pitches, something that was not evident in prior viewings.
Committed to Georgia Tech, Bartnicki has a ceiling as a back end starter, but may be more effective as a high leverage reliever, as his velocity plays up in shorter stints.