College Baseball Top 25: 2.21.11

Do you ever have that thing in your life that you look forward to for months? You build something up in your mind for so long and you get so excited about it, and then it fails to deliver? Well the college baseball season doesn’t do that to you. Sure a game here or a series there might be a flop, but there is so much content and so many stories to get excited about.

The stories that unfolded over the weekend didn’t develop overnight. The seeds were planted last June when many of todays college stars were drafted. After a summer of negotiating we focus on what’s left of blue chip recruiting classes and the handful of juniors and draft eligible sophomores that decided to return to school.

Some of those returnees picked up where they left off. Vanderbilt Senior RHP Taylor Hill was an unsigned 30th round pick of the Cleveland Indians last June. He dazzled San Diego over the weekend spreading 5 hits over 7 plus innings while allowing just one run, walking none and striking out 8.

Texas Senior RHP Cole Green didn’t fare as well. The bad bodied Green was the Longhorn’s most reliable starter last season, going 10-1 2.64. But after failing to sign with the Tigers as a 4th round pick, he returned for his senior year. Green had a miserable season opener, giving up 6 runs on 6 hits through just 4 innings. Green will be fine and so will Texas, but he’ll have little negotiating power when he’s selected this June.

Always looking ahead as prospect junkies do, we get most excited about seeing the talented freshmen debut. As most of you know, last year’s MLB Draft had two prep right handed pitchers that were selected in the first round but failed to sign.

The Padres selected Karsten Whitson with the 9th overall pick but after failing to come to terms he honored his commitment to Florida. He debuted as the Sunday starter for the nations top team against South Florida in dominating fashion striking out 9 over 5 innings while surrendering just one hit and zero runs to earn his first career win.

San Diego freshman Dylan Covey was an unsigned first round selection of the Brewers was less successful in his debut against Winthrop but still managed a respectable 7IP 7H 4ER 2BB 7K line in a no decision.

Thank you college baseball for failing to disappoint.

Rank

Team

W-L

Last Week

Previous

Comments

1

Florida

3-0

3-0 v. South Florida

1

They are who we thought they were.

2

UCLA

3-0

3-0 v. San Francisco

3

Cole, Bauer, Plutko combined to give up 0 ER last weekend while striking out 26 over 22.2 innings

3

Vanderbilt

4-0

3-0 @ San Diego, 1-0 @ San Diego St.

4

Great Cali trip, Dores rewarded with Stanford coming to Nashville this weekend.

4

TCU

2-1

2-1 v. Kansas

2

Sunday’s 4-3 loss in 14 innings cost them two spots.

5

Texas

3-1

3-1 v. Maryland

5

Cole Green’s atrocious outing aside, Longhorns looked strong against an ACC regional sleeper.

6

Stanford

2-1

2-1 @ Rice

9

Came out on top on a tough road trip. Now Cardinal will face an even tougher challenge at Vanderbilt.

7

Oklahoma

3-0

4-0 v. William and Mary

8

Closing the gap on Texas

8

Arizona State

3-0

3-0 v. New Mexico

11

Showed more front line pitching than I anticipated.

9

South Carolina

3-0

3-0 v. Santa Clara

13

I still think starting pitching will be an issue, but Roth, Webb and Westmoreland took a step toward proving me wrong.

10

Clemson

2-1

2-1 v. Eastern Michigan

6

This team should never lose to Eastern Michigan.

11

Florida State

3-0

3-0 v. VMI

14

All this without Mike McGee taking the hill.

12

Cal State Fullerton

1-2

1-1 v. Long Beach State, 0-1 v. North Carolina.

7

Tough opening weekend against teams in which the Titans hold a significant talent advantage.

13

Virginia

3-0

1-0 v. UAB, 1-0 @ Auburn, 1-0 v. Arkansas St.

16

Impressive showing at Auburn Tournament.

14

Texas A&M

3-0

3-0 v. LeMoyne

15

Take that LeMoyne!

15

Connecticut

1-2

0-1 v. Purdue, 0-1 v. Minnesota, 0-1 v. Michigan

10

Connecticut just has too much talent to lose 2 of 3 to the Big Ten. Matt Barnes did pitch well though.

16

Oregon

1-2

1-2 v. Hawaii

12

Hawaii is no slouch.

17

Arizona

3-0

3-0 v. North Dakota St.

18

Outscored North Dakota St. 30-2 over the weekend.

18

Rice

1-2

1-2 v. Stanford

17

Though they didn’t pick up W’s, freshmen Simms and Kubitza pitched well as weekend bookends.

19

Baylor

2-1

2-1 v. Oral Roberts

19

1st round talent Logan Verrett took the L with a 3IP 6H 4ER 1BB 3K outing.

20

LSU

3-0

3-0 v. Wake Forest

22

Impressive weekend against ACC opponent.

21

California

2-0

2-0 v. Utah

21

RHP Erik Johnson was brilliant yesterday.

22

Coastal Carolina

3-1

1-0 v. Boston College, 1-0 v. Tennessee Tech, 0-1 v. Indiana, 1-0 Virginia Tech

20

Indiana’s Blake Monar was the only thing that got in the way of Coastal this weekend.

23

College of Charleston

3-0

1-0 v. Kentucky, 1-0 v. Miami (OH), 1-0 v. Marshall

24

CoC has a potent offense and scored 25 runs in 3 games.

24

Georgia Tech

2-1

2-1 v. Kent State

25

Pope and Bradley provide great front line depth for any team and they should make Tech an ACC force.

25

North Carolina

4-0

1-0 v. Cal Poly, 1-0 v. Cal State Fullerton, 1-0 v. Missouri, 1-0 v. USC

NR

This is the worst team that North Carolina has had in quite some time. Or so we thought.

Dropped out: Miami (FL) This had more to do with the surprising UNC weekend than a reflection on the Hurricanes. Miami had a decent 2-1 weekend against Rutgers.

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