Missouri righthander Bryce Montes De Oca (Missouri Athletics)


Prospect Profile: Bryce Montes De Oca


MIAMI — Bryce Montes De Oca’s handshake engulfs yours.

On Saturday, one day after earning a roller-coaster-ride of a no-decision in a 3-1 Missouri win over host FIU, Montes De Oca walks into the Panthers’ stadium wearing sunglasses and feeling optimistic about his future.

And, why not? At 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds, the Missouri redshirt junior righthander is not just huge with massive hands, he’s also powerful. His fastball tops out at 100 mph, and that would come as no surprise to anyone who has seen how he can empty out a weight rack.

“He’s stronger than anybody I’ve ever coached,” said Missouri coach Steve Bieser, who has been in his profession since 2004. “We have to modify him because he wants to keep getting stronger. There’s a certain amount of strength that you need to be a really good baseball player. Once you start exceeding that, it doesn’t help your game. Finding a way to stay loose, especially as a pitcher, can be more beneficial than squatting another 100 pounds when he already has the full bar maxed out.

“We finally had to shut him down. We said, ‘This is the top weight we are allowing you.’ He’s a beast when it comes to the weight room.”

Montes De Oca is also a beast of a big league prospect … and in so many ways:

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