Future Watch: Tim Cate Rookie Baseball Cards, Nationals – Tim Cate was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the second round of the 2018 MLB Amateur Draft. This Connecticut native went to UConn and that really helped his development.
In 2016, he was 5-1 with a 2.73 ERA. That was a good start. He became just the sixth Huskies pitcher to strike out 100 batters in a season.
In 2017, he threw 75 innings again striking out more than 100 batters. He struck out 102 and was 4-3 with a 3.33 ERA. In five starts he finished with double-digit strikeouts.
After being drafted he started out with the Auburn DoubleDays in Short-A. In 31 innings he struck out 26 and posted a 2-3 record. It was a bit of a rocky start.
After that he moved on to the Hagerstown Suns and posted an 0-3 record. He did strike out 19 in 21 innings of work. His strikeout totals were solid, and he was getting professional innings under his belt.
Collectors can get his 2018 Bowman Draft autographed rookie card. He also has cards in 2018 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Collegiate Baseball and 2018 Panini USA Stars & Stripes.
Here’s a look at him throwing:
Cate might have the best breaking ball in the entire Draft class, the kind of 12-to-6 hammer he could tell hitters was coming during his sophomore year and they still couldn’t put it in play. He throws it from the same plane as his fastball, giving hitters little chance to pick it up. Cate will throw it whenever he wants in the count and can command it very well in the strike zone. That allows his 90-93 mph fastball to be more effective. It has more run than sink, with average life overall, and Cate can throw it to both sides of the plate consistently. His changeup is a little firm, but he shows enough feel for it to be a future average offering. ETA 2021.
Cate has a new season upon him. Soon he’ll make it to the majors. He’s still a developing hurler and could be a really good one.
Future Watch: Tim Cate Rookie Baseball Cards, Nationals – Stats
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|All Levels (1 Season)||2||6||.250||5.02||5.71||13||12||0||0||0||0||52.0||57||33||29||5||16||0||45||3||0||7||231||1.404||9.9||0.9||2.8||7.8||2.81|
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