College Baseball Prospect Update – Pitchers 3.21.15

I was able to check out what was I thought was to be the premier Big 10 Conference pitching matchup of the season.  Draft eligible sophomores Cam Vieaux of Michigan State and Travis Lakins of Ohio State squared off at Bill Davis Stadium Saturday afternoon and both were hit hard.  

Ohio State won game 6-5, and while Vieaux and Lakins didn’t put up the stat line I had hoped, I did speak to on NL scout who liked what he saw from both of them.

Lakins sat at 90-92 with his fastball, topping out at 93 and held his velocity all the way through his start.  His breaking ball is sharp 74-76 and he sparingly threw a changeup at 81-82 but didn’t seem to have a feel for the pitch.  In this start, he lacked command of all pitches.

Vieux opened the game sitting 90-91 with his fastball but was down to 86-89 in the 3rd and 4th innings.  His slurvy breaker is longer and looper.  He relies heavily on this pitch and will throw it in any count.  When ahead, he’ll throw one down, out of the zone fishing for the swing and miss, and he’ll throw a “get me over” curve in a fastball count for a strike.

Detailed game reports will follow as we get closer to the draft on both players.     

Southeastern Conference
2015 Draft Class
Walker Buehler – RHP – Vanderbilt.  5.2IP 8H 3R 3ER 2BB 5K.  (W, 2-0).  
Trey Killian – RHP – Arkansas.  6IP 9H 3R 3ER 1BB 1K.  (L, 0-1).  
Trey Wingenter – RHP – Auburn.  4.1IP 5H 6R 3ER 3BB 4K. (L, 1-2).  
2016 Draft Class
A.J. Puk – LHP – Florida.  2.1IP 3H 5R 4ER 4BB 6K.  Rough outing but recorded 6 of 7 outs via the K.  
Dane Dunning – RHP – Florida.  4.1IP 5H 1R 1ER 1BB 5K.  
Keegan Thompson – RHP – Auburn.  0IP 2H 2R 2ER 1BB 0K.  
Jordan Sheffield – RHP – Vanderbilt.  6IP 6H 3R 3ER 2BB 6K.  
Atlantic Coast Conference
2015 Draft Class
Kenny Koplove – RHP – Duke.  1.1IP 5H 2R 2ER 1BB 3K.  
Josh Sborz – RHP – Virginia.  0.2IP 2H 3R 3ER 1BB 0K.  (L, 0-1).  
Andrew Suarez – LHP – Miami.  5IP 7H 4R 3ER 1BB 3K.  (W, 2-0).  
2016 Draft Class
Connor Jones – RHP – Virginia.  4.1IP 2H 6R 6ER 6BB 3K. 
Alex Bostic – LHP – Clemson.  0.1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K.  
Zach Burdi – RHP – Louisville.  3.2IP 2H 0R 0ER 0BB 2K.  
Pac 12 Conference
2015 Draft Class
Ryan Kellogg – LHP – ASU.  9IP 3H 1R 1ER 2BB 7K.  (W, 4-0).  
Kyle Twomey – LHP – USC.  6IP 2H 0R 0ER 1BB 4K.  
2016 Draft Class
Bobby Dalbec – RHP – Arizona.  2IP 2H 0R 0ER 1BB 1K.  (S, 4).
Big 12 Conference
2015 Draft Class
Preston Morrison – RHP – TCU.  7.2IP 6H 4R 3ER 3BB 9K.
Dalton Brown – RHP – Texas Tech.  0IP 2H 2R 1ER 0BB 0K.  
Chad Hollingsworth – RHP – Texas.  7.1IP 6H 1R 1ER 1BB 4K.  
Parker French – RHP – Texas.  6IP 7H 3R 1ER 2BB 4K.   
2016 Draft Class
Alec Hansen – RHP – Oklahoma.  9IP 3H 2R 2ER 3BB 10K.  (W, 3-2).  
Big Ten Conference
2015 Draft Class
Tyler Jay – LHP – Illinois.  1IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K.  (S, 5).  
Kevin Mooney – RHP – Maryland.  1.2IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K.  (S, 2).  
Travis Lakins – RHP – Ohio State.  6IP 9H 5R 2ER 4BB 3K.  (W, 1-2).  Not his best day, but enough or the win.  Held his velocity.
Blake Hickman – RHP – Iowa.  4.2IP 3H 4R 4ER 5BB 5K.
Dalton Sawyer – LHP – Minnesota.  2.1IP 3H 4R 4ER 2BB 1K.  
Cam Vieaux – LHP – Michigan State.  4IP 9H 6R 5ER 1BB 2K.  (L, 0-4).  Didn’t look sharp.  Lost velocity as game went on.
2014 Draft Class
Mike Shawaryn – RHP – Maryland.  8IP 6H 1R 0ER 1BB 6K.  (W, 5-0).  
American Athletic Conference
2015 Draft Class
Aaron Garza – RHP – Houston.  1IP 3H 1R 1ER 0BB 0K.  (S, 3).  
Conference USA
2015 Draft Class
Blake Fox – RHP – Rice.  3.2IP 5H 7R 3ER 2BB 3K.  
Seth McGarry – RHP – Florida Atlantic.  3IP 2H 0R 0ER 0BB 7K.  
Best of the Rest
Justin Garza – RHP – Cal State Fullerton.  7IP 6H 1R 1ER 0BB 4K.  
Justin Jacome – LHP – UC Santa Barbara.  8IP 8H 1R 1ER 1BB 7K. 
Andrew Sopko – RHP – Gonzaga.  6IP 12H 7R 5ER 2BB 2K.  (L, 2-3).  
Trevor Megill – RHP – Loyola Marymount.  3.1IP 5H 3R 3ER 2BB 3K.  (L, 4-2).  

Travis Bergen – LHP – Kennesaw State.  6IP 9H 6R 6ER 2BB 6K. 

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