Watson's arsenal includes a fastball in the 88 to 92 mph range, showing sink and arm side ride, and his frame (6-foot-4, 200 pounds) may produce more velocity down the line. But it may have to come from improved mechanics, primarily better balance and use of his lower half. Watson is committed to USC and should be considered early on Day 1 of the draft.
--Jason A. Churchill
Univ. of Southern California Release, Nov. 10, 2011
One of the top pitching prospects in the country, Watson was a 2011 All-CIF and all-state first team selection. He played in the 2011 Area Code Games for the Milwaukee Brewers earning Top-5 Pitcher honors. Watson earned all-league first team honors for the second year consecutive year after posting a 10-2 record with a 1.16 ERA and 52 strikeouts for head coach Spud O'Neil at Lakewood High School. He has led the team to three-straight Moore League Championships. Parents are Scott and Wendy Watson.
(USC Recruiting Coordinator Dan) Hubbs on Watson: "He is one of the top power-arms in the state of California with an outstanding curveball. We expect great things from Shane".