College Prospect Roundup: Week 3

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Louisville’s Kyle Funkhouser bounced back nicely with a 12 strikeout performance on Friday, after a rough pair of starts to open the season.

By: Burke Granger

After lackluster starts against SIU Edwardsville (5IP, 7H, 2R, 4BB, 3K) and Ole Miss (3.2IP, 3H, 6R, 7BB, 6K), Louisville’s Kyle Funkhouser settled down this week in what was his best start of the season.  Against Princeton on Friday night, Funkhouser was dominant, allowing just 4 hits while striking out 12 over 7 innings in route to his second win of the season.  Perhaps most importantly, Funkhouser, who has a career 4.37 bb/9 ratio, allowed just one walk in the contest.

In a scouting report that we did on Funkhouser in preparation for last year’s draft we stated the following in regards to his command:

In observing Funkhouser, I was impressed by the stuff, easy velocity, and a sharp breaking ball, but the command was definitely off.  Fastballs were left up in the zone and curveballs were bounced. 

Drafted 35th overall following the 2015 season, Funkhouser was unable to reach an agreement with the Los Angeles Dodgers and chose to return to school despite being the highest drafted player in Louisville history.  The move is certainly a wager on himself.  As a senior, Funkhouser won’t have the negotiating leverage he held last spring and this fact alone makes him one of the more interesting cases to watch this spring.

Like Funkhouser, Oklahoma’s Alec Hansen has an innings eater body type, a history of command issues, and entered his junior season as a candidate to go 1:1 overall.  Also like Funkhouser, the first two starts of the season for Hansen have been forgettable, and that’s being kind.

Hansen didn’t register an out in the second inning of his first start of the season against the Northeastern Huskies, getting the hook with a line of 1IP, 1H, 3R, 4BB, 1K.  Hansen was improved, but still not sharp against his week two opponent, the Sam Houston State Bearkats.  Needing 74 pitches to get through 3 innings, Hansen surrendered 3 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), walked 3, while striking out 5.

Hansen was much better this weekend, striking out 11 over 6.1 innings, giving up 4 hits, 2 runs while walking just 1.  Hansen reportedly worked in the upper 90s, peaking at 98, before dipping into the 90-94 range late into his start.

In “This is Becoming Routine” news, Florida ace Logan Shore was great again this weekend.  The righty allowed 1 hit over 7 innings while striking out 8 and walking none.  On the season Shore has obscene numbers, with a 3-0 record, 0.43 ERA and .121 batting average against.  Over 21 innings pitched, Shore has allowed just 8 hits, 2 walks while striking out 22.

While the aforementioned positive performances by our prestigious pitching prospects may some day prove to be prosperous, they were paltry compared to the game that powerful Oregon southpaw Matt Krook produced.  The redshirt sophomore didn’t allow a hit over 6 innings, fanned 2, walked 2 and hit 4 batters.  Krook joins Funkhouser on this list as guys who were selected 35th overall and didn’t sign.  Krook’s unsuccessful suitor was the Miami Marlins in the 2013 draft after he failed his physical.

Krook was cruising through his first season in Eugene on his way to Freshman All-American honors before needing Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss the entire 2015 season. In 8 starts as a freshman before getting hurt, Krook struck out 60 in 45 innings.

Here is a look at how some of the other top college pitching prospects performed this weekend.

 

Player Position School G IP H R ER BB K Notes
A.J. Puk LHP Florida

1

5

4

2

2

4

4

Alec Hansen RHP Oklahoma

1

6.1

4

2

2

1

11

(L, 0-2).
Kyle Funkhouser RHP Louisville

1

7

4

2

2

1

12

(W, 2-1).
Connor Jones RHP Virginia

1

7.1

6

2

2

4

5

(W, 2-0).
Matt Krook LHP Oregon

1

6

0

0

0

2

12

Robert Tyler RHP Georgia

1

6

5

2

2

2

7

Logan Shore RHP Florida

1

7

1

0

0

0

8

(W, 3-0).
Mike Shawaryn RHP Maryland

1

4.1

4

6

5

2

4

Eric Lauer LHP Kent State

1

7

4

1

1

1

3

(W, 1-1).
Jordan Sheffield RHP Vanderbilt

1

5

9

3

2

0

6

(L, 2-1).
Dakota Hudson RHP Miss. State

1

7

5

2

1

3

6

(L, 1-1).
Corbin Burnes RHP St. Marys

1

5.1

9

4

3

0

4

Anthony Kay LHP Connecticut

1

5

8

7

7

2

5

(L, 1-1).
Daulton Jefferies RHP California

1

7

6

2

2

1

7

(W, 3-0).
Zach Jackson RHP Arkansas

2

3

4

2

2

1

2

(S, 3). (L, 0-1).
Kyle Cody RHP Kentucky

1

2

7

8

8

3

2

Matt Crohan LHP Winthrop

1

6

1

0

0

0

6

(W, 2-0).
Sam Tewes RHP Wichita State

1

5.1

9

6

6

0

8

Jared Poche LHP LSU

1

7

8

0

0

2

5

(W, 2-0).
Zack Brown RHP Kentucky

1

7

3

1

0

4

6

(W, 1-2).
Cody Sedlock RHP Illinois

1

6

5

2

2

2

6

(W, 2-0).
Bailey Clark RHP Duke

1

7

4

1

1

1

9

(W, 2-0).
Jon Duplantier RHP Rice

1

8

1

2

1

2

14

(W, 1-1)
Cole Irvin LHP Oregon

1

8

5

1

0

1

6

(W, 2-0).
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