With scouts from three Major League Baseball teams in the stands, Defiance senior pitcher Dace Kime mixed a nasty curveball with a blistering fastball to lead the Bulldogs to a district championship Monday.
Kime, whose fastball has been clocked at between 88 and 93 miles per hour, has committed to play at the University of Louisville. But Kime is expected to be selected after the third round in the upcoming major league draft. Scouts from the Toronto Blue Jays , Arizona Diamondbacks , and Pittsburgh Pirates were on hand yesterday.
Kime is a right-handed pitcher, listed at 6'4" and 210 lbs. He plays for the badass-sounding Defiance High School in Defiance, Ohio, which also produced Chad Billingsley in 2003 and Jon Niese in 2005. Despite the third-round grade mentioned in the Blade article, Baseball America doesn't list him among their top 200 draft prospects . He still sounds fairly interesting from internet scouting reports, which credit him with a low-90s fastball, a good, deep curve, and a developing changeup. For the year to date (link ), he's posted a 6-0 record and a 1.09 ERA in 14 games (10 starts), with a 92/25 K/BB in 57 2/3 IP, and no home runs allowed. He's also his team's top hitter, with a .415/.533/.585 batting line and 10/3 SB/CS in 82 AB. Kime has thrown two no-hitters in his high school career, lettered in basketball and football in addition to baseball, has pitched in numerous prominent showcases, and was at one point blogging about high school baseball for ESPN (cache link ). He's got a college commitment to Louisville.
I couldn't find any film of him online, but there is this video of him and a few of his friends doing a home re-enactment of the SPIKE TV show "Deadliest Warrior ", which includes a small amount of baseball-like content:
It's too early to get attached to Mr. Kime, as there are no doubt many teams scouting many different players at this point, just to be thorough. Still, file his name away for future reference, just in case...