Washington State – All State Right handed pitcher Sam Hellinger was selected in the 39th round by the Seattle Mariners. Sam had a great High School season in which he guided his West Seattle High School Team to the State Championship game, but it was the outing at the Perfect Games event in Jupiter, Florida last October that put Sam on the map and made scouts go hmmmm.
He threw a gem against a very strong High School team from North Carolina that had a number of high end professional prospects. A complete game 1 -0 victory in which he gave up only 3 hits and struck out 10 and helped move the D-backs scout team into the playoffs. So what makes this 6’2” 180lb right hander so special (besides being a great kid of course), well, he’s a competitive son of a gun on the mound that can flat out pitch. It’s not overpowering stuff, but it’s a 3 pitch mix in which he hits spots and commands both sides of the plate. He keeps hitters off balance by changing speeds, he’s instinctive and has a game plan – he’s a pitcher. In regards to his projectability – the upside is huge as he will only get better as he matures and becomes more physical.
Sam has been a long time Big League Experience camper at the and has also served on the staff at the camp. He is presently weighing out his options and may opt to select the college route prior to starting his professional baseball career as a number of schools such as the University of Portland and San Mateo Junior College are on him. Either way someone is getting a guy that will compete on the mound and help you win a championship.
Congratulations Sam and family on a well deserved selection.