Cesare "Chaz" DeLuca is a 2017 LHP from National Powerhouse Hamilton HS out of Chandler, AZ . He was a member of the 2016 Arizona 6A-State Champions as a junior. The 2017 Huskies are pre-season favorites to repeat with DeLuca expecting to play an important role along the way.
This "young senior" has a very high Baseball IQ, understands sequencing and the benefits of changing speeds. To quote a well respected Perfect Game scout, "DeLuca really knows how to pitch!"
"Chaz", as his teammates call him, is crafty left-handed pitcher, who uses a very deceptive delivery on the mound and has the ability to hide the ball well from the hitters. A stabbing arm action through the back and crossing the axis of his body, allows him to generate good extension towards the plate and create an angle from a three quarters arm slot. He sports a medium-athletic frame with the beginnings of good physicality at present; his body projects well moving forward.
Cesare (pronounced "CHEZ-ah-rey") absolutely dominates opposing hitters with his changeup, a weapon pitch with outstanding action, command, and deception out of his hand. The days that we saw him pitch, he was throwing a "sneeky-fast" fastball that worked between 78-80 MPH with good life to the arm side. He does a great job keeping the fastball down in the zone and commands it to both sides of the plate. He also shows a quality breaking ball, with the ability to throw it as a true curveball in mid 60's and tighten it up into more of a slider look in the lower 70's.
COMMUNITY SERVICE TOO...
For the past year, Chaz and a few of his Hamilton HS teammates have teamed up with the "local competition " from other Chandler, AZ high school baseball programs to give back to the youth of the community be donating their time and expertise at a FREE baseball clinic.
The 4 The Fun of the Game Baseball Clinics match up local HS athletes like Chaz, with boys 8-12 years old, who are looking for a mentor to gain confidence both on and off the field.
Last year, "Coach Chazzy" won the "Mentor of the Year" award, due to his dedication to the camper's success and leadership qualities exemplified during the 6 weekend long clinic. He plans to contribute his time again this year and continue to pass on his baseball knowledge and passion for the game.