Nebraska Baseball: Drew Christo could be vital pitcher for Huskers

Nebraska Baseball adds another commitment to the fold.

Nebraska Baseball received a commitment on Sunday from a name that fans may recognize. Some of you may remember Nebraska Football quarterback Monte Christo. This time, his son Drew Christo will be committing to the Nebraska Baseball program. This is perhaps one of the biggest  commitments for the program in quite some time. He is ranked the 56th-best junior in the country

The younger Christo made his announcement Sunday via Twitter. Christo had offers from the likes of Creighton, Duke, Kansas State, Virginia, and West Virginia. He certainly has some pedigree.

According to his profile from Perfect Game.com, Christo will graduate in 2021. He measures in at six-foot-four, 210 pounds. He bats left and throws right-handed. A native of Elkhorn, Nebraska it is certainly exciting to see him stay home.

His fastball velocity rounds out at around 90 mph, which is definitely higher than others in his class. According to Perfect Game, the average fastball velocity for kids in his class is 79 miles per hour. That is certainly something to watch for. Pure fastball pitchers are definitely a commodity. He has added three miles per hour to his fastball since August 2018. That is also certainly a number of note since he still has another year of growth. This means that we could see his fastball top out at 91-92 miles per hour. That would certainly be a great number.

He strikes me as a power pitcher. Nebraska Baseball could certainly use a power pitcher. More and more, the game of baseball itself is dominated by two things. Home runs and strikeouts are the big calling cards of baseball right now. Small ball is becoming non-existent. Usually, power pitchers can rack up the strikeouts as well. Hopefully, Christo can do that. If Nebraska Baseball could have someone that could be a dominant force on the mound, that would be ideal.

It will be interesting to see how Nebraska Baseball rounds out the rest of their class. Will Bolt has proven that he is shooting for the stars when it comes to recruiting. Much like the basketball program, he is still trying to build his team’s identity. So far, I like the prospects that Nebraska Baseball has gotten for the program. They should all be able to contribute sooner rather than later.