Chad Hockin MLB Draft Prospect Bio

Chad Hockin might not have the stats that most top college draft prospects have but he certainly has the ceiling. Heading into his junior season with Cal State Fullerton this 6'2" 200 pound right-hander has appeared in just 29 games in his first two years with the Titans with 27 of those coming out of the bullpen.  After a successful summer in the Cape Cod League Hockin has position himself to be one of the premier arms in this years MLB Draft.

Chad Hockin Scouting Report

Following his impressive Cape Cod league summer where he posted a 2.08ERA with 19K in 13 innings, Hockin was named he No. 20 prospect at the Cape Cod League by D1 Baseball. He offers two above-average swing and miss pitches including a a heater that sits around 92-94 and a very repeatable delivery. He has routinely elevated his heater to strikeout hitters and his command is improving. Pitching with a high three-quarter slot he also uses a slider with good late downward movement. His best fit seems to be as a reliever but some have said there's a chance that he could be a starter down the road and didn't rule him out as more than a big time relieving prospect.

Chad Hockin, the Cal-State Fullerton product with a big time arm is expected to be a top 50 pick in this years MLB Draft

With the Titans predicted to repeat as champions in the Big West Chad Hockin's arm and his to solidify the back of the bullpen will be the key to their Championship run. Making 18 appearances and one start last year he pitched a total 18.1 innings with a 2.95 ERA as he struck out 17 batters while walking just three and going 1-0. Before going to Fullerton he played his senior season at Bonita high school in La Verne where in his one season with the Bearcats he hit .292 with 12 runs batted in while going a perfect 5-0 on the mound with a 1.40 ERA as he pitched 35 innings and struck out 45 while walking eight during a Hacienda League championship season. Before his senior season at Bonita he played three years of third base at Damien high school where he was a two-time All-Sierra League second team honoree and three-time Defensive Player of the Year.

His best season of his high school career came as a freshman as he hit .516 with eight home runs and 26 runs batted in followed by a sophomore season that saw him hit .416 with six home runs and 17 runs batted in including a home run in a playoff game the day his grandfather, Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, passed away. Before pitching he puts his grandfathers initials in the dirt on the mound. Superstitions are common in sports especially baseball, it's just a matter of time before he will be writing initials in the dirt on a professional field.

photos courtesy of AP Photo/Juan DeLeon

Draft Expectation - FIRST ROUND

Hockin has yet to save a game for the Titans. Based on his Cape performance, he might get the chance to close as a junior. Success in that role, with that stuff, could spell an early-round selection

Chad Hockin has a big arm and his ability to lockdown the back of the bullpen will be a key


Year in and year out on the Cape, there seems to be a relief arm that emerges capable of electrifying onlookers and dominating hitters. Although he was a very late arrival to the Cape, Chad Hockin (Cal State Fullerton) appears to be that sort of arm this summer for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox

The Titans have long been known to be a gritty, defensively sound, pitching-first program, and little should change in that regard this season.

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