Prospect Roundup: Week 10

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Illinois ace Cody Sedlock got his work in this weekend, and then some.  (Courtesy of fightingillini.com)

By: Burke Granger

Not a single Major League Baseball pitcher threw more than 9 innings in a game in 2015, yet this weekend alone we saw two pitching prospects who could go off the board on the first day of the draft exceed the 9 inning mark in a game.

Major League Baseball is filled with athletes that put their body on the line every day.  These are physical specimens who throw upwards of 200 innings over a grueling 8 month season if they’re fortunate enough to advance to the post-season.  They do all this under the watchful eye of a medically learned training staff for at least a guaranteed minimum salary of $507,500 annually.

Yet even though these athletes are being paid handsomely, they didn’t match the workload that Illinois Cody Sedlock and Kentucky’s Zack Brown put in this weekend.

ESPN Prospect guru Keith Law took to Twitter and had this to say about Sedlock’s workload during the game:

Legit first round prospect getting overused as we speak…

Following the game, Law then compared Sedlock’s workload to MLB highs from 2015:

Sedlock finished at 132 pitches, 36 batters faced, 10.2 IP. 
MLB highs for 2015: 134 P (Fiers’ no-hitter), 36 BF (Quintana), 9 IP.

Lost in the Sedlock narrative is that Kentucky’s Zack Brown also exceeded the 9 inning mark.  Though his pitch count was only 115, though he did match Sedlock’s 36 batters faced.

Brown entered the year as a potential first round pick, but has struggled on Friday’s for the Wildcats.  He currently sits at 2-7, 5.25 ERA.

 

Quick Hits:

A.J. Puk is starting to heat up, shining in a second strong start since being pulled from an April 3 appearance with back tightness.  In a showdown against fellow draft prospect Robert Tyler of Georgia on Thursday night, Puk struck out 10 over 6.2 innings while surrendering just one run and hitting 99 mph on the stadium gun.

Not to be outdone, Puk’s teammate Logan Shore pitched one louder on Saturday, going the distance in a 2-hit shutout.  Shore is a perfect 8-0 on the season.

The year started off rocky for Maryland’s Mike Shawaryn.  After an 11-4, 3.12 season as a freshman and 13-2, 1.71 as a sophomore, Shawaryn entered the year with some 1st round buzz.  The junior righty put together the best start of the year against Purdue this weekend.  Working 8 scoreless innings, Shawaryn struck out 10 Buckeyes while giving up just 3 hits.

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

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

6.2

3

1

1

1

10

Kyle Funkhouser RHP Louisville

6

4

2

2

2

4

(W, 4-3).
Connor Jones RHP Virginia

7

8

4

1

2

3

(W, 8-1).
Matt Krook LHP Oregon

1.2

1

4

3

5

2

(L, 3-2).
Robert Tyler RHP Georgia

8.1

8

1

1

1

9

Logan Shore RHP Florida

9

2

0

0

1

6

(W, 8-0).
Mike Shawaryn RHP Maryland

8

3

0

0

1

10

(W, 3-3).
Eric Lauer LHP Kent State

6.2

4

0

0

2

6

(W, 7-2).
Jordan Sheffield RHP Vanderbilt

8

3

0

0

1

4

(W, 6-2). 
Dakota Hudson RHP Miss. State

6.1

12

7

7

3

3

(W, 5-3).
Corbin Burnes RHP St. Marys

7

4

2

2

5

5

(W, 6-0).
Anthony Kay LHP Connecticut

8

3

1

1

3

10

Justin Dunn LHP Boston College

6

6

1

1

1

4

Zach Jackson RHP Arkansas

7

2

0

0

3

8

(W, 3-4).
Kyle Cody RHP Kentucky

5.1

4

4

3

1

4

Zack Brown RHP Kentucky

9.2

6

1

1

2

6

Cody Sedlock RHP Illinois

10.2

5

0

0

1

14

132 pitches!
Bailey Clark RHP Duke

5

7

3

2

0

8

(W, 4-4).
T.J. Zeuch RHP Pittsburgh

8

4

0

0

0

9

(W, 5-0).

 

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