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Rob Kaminsky baffles hitters with devastating curveball

North Carolina signee is the focus of this week's American Family Insurance ALL-USA Watch



St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) pitcher Rob Kaminsky is committed to North Carolina. / Ed Murray, The Star-Ledger

At 6-1 and 185 pounds, St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) left-hander Rob Kaminsky isn't imposing until he starts throwing. The North Carolina signee, who was an American Family Insurance All-USA First Team selection as a junior last season, has allowed only 40 hits in 52 innings this season and only one earned run.

While Kaminsky has a solid fastball at 94 mph, his curveball and change-up have really baffled hitters.

"He has an unhittable 12-6 curveball," said St. Joseph coach Frank Salvano. "I don't think anyone has had contact with it all season. His change-up is getting better and better, but the pitch that is going to make money for him is his curveball."


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This week's player: Rob Kaminsky, St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.) pitcher.

2013 stats through Monday: Is 8-0 with six shutouts and a .013 earned run average with 106 strikeouts in 52 innings pitched. He's also hitting .506 with 20 RBI, including 17 extra-base hits for the 23-1 Green Knights, who are No. 16 in the Super 25 baseball rankings.

Other's take: "He is the best high school pitcher and best baseball player I've ever had. As good as he is as a player, he's a better person. If you came into our locker room, you couldn't pick him out from anyone else despite all that he's done. On the high school level, it's almost unfair when you watch him pitch. When other teams get a hit, sometimes it's a cause for a celebration." -- St. Joseph coach Frank Salvano.
 
Big game: His only earned run came in a 6-1 defeat May 4 of Gloucester Catholic (Gloucester City), which was then No. 11 in the Super 25. He had 16 strikeouts in the three-hit victory. In the first round of the Bergen County tournament, he set a tournament record with 18 strikeouts in a 7-0 defeat of  St. Mary (Rutherford) on May 12.

Look out for: St. Piux X (Houston) right-handed pitcher Kohl Stewart, who was 5-1 with a 0.18 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 40 innings this season. He also led his team with 34 RBI and 10 homers and hit .384. He has signed to play football at Texas A&M.
 
Also look out for: New Castle, Ind., left-hander Trey Ball, who is 6-0 with a 0.76 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 46 innings pitched. The Texas signee is also hitting .322 with nine home runs and 25 RBI, all using a wooden bat.

Follow Jim Halley on Twitter @jimhalley.

 

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