Trey Masek Dominates Top Collegiate Summer League|
Masek has a 2.28 ERA and is second in the Cape Cod League with 36 strikeouts
July 20, 2012
by Michael Vela
Trey Masek has been making a positive impact at Texas Tech ever since his career debut in relief against Utah Valley in 2011. A month later, Masek was moved to a starting role.
Masek's plan for his junior season (2013) is to be one of the weekend starters from the beginning of the season.
"It's always been a goal of mine ever since I stepped foot on campus," Masek said about wanting to be in the Texas Tech starting rotation.
Masek is continuing to improve in the prestigious Cape Cod League this summer while starting for the Falmouth Commodores. It marks his second summer in the "Cape" while pitching last season for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks.
Masek owns a 2-2 with a 2.28 ERA in five starts. He has pitched 27.2 innings while averaging 11.7 strikeouts per nine innings.
"It's all about getting experience and facing tough competition," Masek said. "When you're up here in the Cape Cod League, you're facing everyone's middle of the order hitters. You really don't get a break and it's a really good atmosphere to test what you have. You never get to take a pitch off."
Just last night - against his former team - Masek struck out 11 batters in six innings while not allowing an earned run.
Masek will be working with Texas Tech's new pitching coach Ray Hayward this upcoming year. Hayward has an impressive résumés as a pitching coach at the collegiate level.
In five seasons as the pitching coach at Oklahoma, Hayward developed 13 pitchers that were selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Five of those pitchers were chosen in the first 10 rounds, including David Purcey who was the 16th overall pick in the first round of the 2004 draft.
During his final season at Oklahoma in 2004, Hayward worked with six pitchers that were selected in the top 30 rounds of the MLB Draft.
Masek had the chance to meet Hayward earlier this summer when Hayward was up in the northeast part of the country.
"I'm really looking forward to getting in the bullpen with (Hayward) next year and picking his brain to see what he can teach me," Masek said.
What might best describe Masek's career at Tech is the fact he has 34 career appearances - 17 of those have been starts the other 17 have been out of the bullpen.
As a freshman, Masek started game-two against then-No. 4 Texas in Austin, which is less than an hour from Masek's hometown of Giddings. Masek led the Red Raiders to a 2-1 victory as he became the first Tech freshman in over 17 years to defeat the Longhorns in Austin.
Last season, Masek had eight scoreless relief appearances. Along with that, he started three games where he allowed three or fewer runs. He's proven to be a valuable asset to the Red Raiders in either role.
Masek has been working on trying to cut down on walks this summer.
He is currently second in the Cape Cod League with 36 strikeouts while allowing just eight walks.
"Throwing strikes has always been important to me," Masek said. "I need to pound the zone and throw more strikes consistently."
As a sophomore, Masek pitched 53 innings with 46 strikeouts and 20 walks allowed which was significantly better than his first season at Tech when he struck out 33 and walked 29.
His Red Raider teammates will be leaning heavily on him with his experience and proven abilities in 2013.
"He's got really good stuff and I can see him coming in and having a really good year," Tech teammate Brennan Moore said about Masek.
Not only has Masek been achieving success on the field during his college career, he has also been solid in the classroom as well.
Masek was the only Red Raider in 2012 to earn a 4.0 grade point average during the spring semester.
"Some people get the false interpretation that it's actually easier being a student athlete," Masek said. "It's tough. You have to think about how hard it is being a full time student and on top of that you spend hours every day working on baseball and you have commitment to both school and the game. It's about working hard and making sure I have enough time to study, especially on the road."
Masek credits his success to learning how to manage his time correctly, the tutors that the university offers, helpful professors who know how hard it is being a student athlete, having a good schedule, and the coaches who make sure they get all the help they want.
Whether he is used as a starter or reliever for Tim Tadlock's Red Raiders in 2013, there is no question Masek will be a main contributor and one of the top pitchers in the Big 12 Conference.
NOTEBOOK: MASEK ON MEMORABLE 2012 MOMENTS
2012 MLB DRAFT:
PLAYING LEFT FIELD AGAINST NEW MEXICO IN MIDWEEK ACTION:
PLAYING IN RIP GRIFFIN PARK (FIRST SEASON SINCE RENOVATION):
FAVORITE MEMORY AT RIP GRIFFIN PARK: