Plutko drafted in the 11th round, maybe MLB underestimated him. Prior to last nights' W:
"You're talking about, I think, one of the best one-two combinations in the country that people still are not quite talking about," UCLA coach John Savage said. "You talk about the body of work of two guys and what they've done, I'd like to find two other guys who have had that type of work throughout their careers."
Their records are, indeed, impressive.
Plutko, UCLA's Friday starter the past two seasons, is 28-10 with a 2.37 ERA in three seasons. The 21-year-old has been even more impressive during the postseason, where he is 6-0 with an 0.87 ERA and one shutout in seven starts. His ERA is the lowest in school history among pitchers with at least 12 playoff innings.
Vander Tuig is 26-12 with a 3.27 ERA in his three-year career, which included a freshman stint as a part-time closer. The 21-year-old also been solid in the postseason, going 5-2 with a 2.54 ERA in nine games (six starts)." LINK
UCLA's D has been rock solid. They can scratch runs. They make opponents nervous after a few innings and are the real deal.