College Baseball Top 25: 5.15.11

Next weekend’s Top 25 v. Top 25 action:

#1 Virginia @ #16 North Carolina

#8 Texas A&M @ #6 Texas

#15 Clemson @ #7 Florida State

#20 Rice @ #18 Southern Mississippi

#21 California @ #23 UCLA

#25 Arizona @ #22 Stanford

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1.

Virginia

45-6

2-1 v. Miami

1

Big series against North Carolina next weekend.

2.

Oregon State

37-12

2-1 @ Washington

3

Despite a steady and consistent rise from unranked in the preseason to a top 5 team, the Beavers have RPI issues that may result in them being left out of the National Seed party. Washington should have been an easy sweep.

3.

South Carolina

41-11

1-0 v. Presbyterian, 1-0 v. Charleston Southern, 2-1 v. Arkansas

4

The Gamecocks improve their resume by beating the same Arkansas team that beat Florida last weekend.

4.

Florida

39-13

1-0 v. North Florida, 2-1 @ Vanderbilt

5

Strongest series win of the year for the Gators over Vanderbilt.

5.

Vanderbilt

42-8

1-0 @ Louisville, 1-2 v. Florida

2

Vanderbilt has now lost series’ to both South Carolina and Florida.

6.

Texas

38-12

2-0 v. Texas Southern

6

Longhorns will finish up against Texas A&M next weekend.

7.

Florida State

39-13

1-0 @ Stetson, 2-1 @ NC State

8

With a strong RPI, FSU looks like a safe bet top be a top 8 seed, but the series against Clemson next weekend is huge.

8.

Texas A&M

36-16

1-0 v. Texas State, 3-0 v. Nebraska

9

Would love see Texas RHP Taylor Jungmann face A&M RHP John Stillson next weekend.

9.

Cal State Fullerton

36-14

0-1 v. Pepperdine, 3-0 v. Long Beach State

11

Noe Ramirez out dueled Dirtbag ace Andrew Gagnon on Friday.

10.

Georgia Tech

37-15

1-0 v. Savannah State, 2-1 v. North Carolina

13

The best pitcher the Jackets have had down the stretch is not All American candidate Mark Pope or first round pick Jed Bradley. It’s been So. RHP Buck Farmer.

11.

TCU

36-15

1-0 v. Baylor, 2-1 v. Utah

10

With Matt Purke already out, the Horned Frogs held out Kyle Winkler this weekend to ensure he’s strong for the post season.

12.

Arizona State

36-13

1-2 v. Southern California

7

Sun Devils will finish up with Washington then UCLA.

13.

Oklahoma

39-13

4-0 v. New Mexico

14

Sooners have gotten hot at the right time, winning 9 in a row as they head to Baylor next weekend.

14.

Stetson

39-13

2-1 v. Lipscomb

16

Hatters continue to rise.

15.

Clemson

36-16

2-1 v. Virginia Tech

18

Clemson will finish up the regular season at #7 Florida State next weekend.

16.

North Carolina

40-12

1-0 @ UNC Wilmington, 1-0 v. UNC Asheville, 1-2 @ Georgia Tech

15

Huge matchup against #1 Virginia next weekend.

17.

Connecticut

36-14

2-1 v. Louisville

19

Matt Barnes is now 10-3 as he prepares for the draft where he should come off the board in the first round.

18.

Southern Mississippi

37-13

1-2 @ Houston

12

Golden Eagles will face Rice next weekend to decide the conference.

19.

Miami

32-18

1-2 @ Virginia

17

The Hurricanes can hang their hat on the fact that they beat Danny Hultzen on Friday.

20.

Rice

35-17

1-0 @ Louisiana-Lafayette, 2-1 v. Memphis

NR

Owls have been in and out of the top 25 a few times this season and but yet another conference title is in reach and a strong RPI.

21.

California

28-16

0-0

21

Cal will finish up with a tough task of facing UCLA and Stanford.

22.

Stanford

29-17

1-0 v. Pacific, 1-0 v. UC Davis, 2-1 v. Oregon

22

Stanford will face Arizona next weekend.

23.

UCLA

29-19

0-1 @ Long Beach State, 0-1 v. UC Santa Barbara, 2-1 v. Cal State Bakersfield

23

Trevor Bauer has now tossed 6 straight complete games!

24.

Oklahoma State

33-18

1-1 @ Ohio State, 1-2 v. Baylor

20

Cowboys will close out the regular season against Texas Tech.

25.

Arizona

31-17

1-1 v. Washington State

25

The matchup with #22 Stanford next weekend will shed some light on the Wildcat’s post season’s chances.

Dropped Out: Arkansas (24)

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College Baseball Top 25: 5.8.11

Our top team since winning a series against Vanderbilt a few weeks ago, South Carolina finally dropped a series this season as Mississippi took two of three from the Gamecocks. The benefactor of Mississippi’s triumph is the Virginia Cavaliers, who become our forth team to sit atop our top 25 despite having the weekend off for final exams.

Florida, a former #1 team their own right, lost just their second series of the year as Arkansas took two of three from the Gators. I’ve only dropped them to #5, and they’ll travel to Nashville to face Vanderbilt in one of the most anticipated weekends of the year.

Next weekend’s Top 25 v. Top 25 action:

#5 Florida @ #2 Vanderbilt

#17 Miami (FL) @ #1 Virginia

#15 North Carolina @ #13 Georgia Tech

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Team

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Last Week

Previous

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1.

Virginia

43-5

1-0 @ VCU

2

It took a weekend off and a Gamecock series loss to make the Cavaliers our forth #1 team of the season.

2.

Vanderbilt

40-6

2-1 @ Kentucky

3

Alex Meyer beat the Sonny Gray and shut out the Dores for the first time of the year on Friday night, but Vanderbilt won the series.

3.

Oregon State

34-11

0-1 v. Oregon, 2-1 v. California

5

Strong series win against Cal who was #19 entering the weekend. Beavers putting together a strong resume.

4.

South Carolina

37-10

1-0 @ Wofford, 1-2 @ Mississippi

1

After hanging their hat on series wins @ Florida and against Vanderbilt, I wouldn’t have guessed Mississippi would have given the Gamecocks their first series loss of the season.

5.

Florida

36-12

1-0 v. Bethune-Cookman, 1-2 @ Arkansas

4

I’m liberally only dropping the Gators one spot as Arkansas is a good (not great) team and if I were betting on the 2011 National Champion, Florida would be in the top 5 teams I’d put money one.

6.

Texas

36-12

1-0 v. Prairie View A&M, 2-1 @ Nebraska

6

Gearing up for the MLB Draft, Jr. RHP Taylor Jungmann is 11-0 with a 0.92 ERA.

7.

Arizona State

35-11

1-1 v. BYU, 3-0 v. Long Beach State

7

The Sun Devils bat’s went off this weekend accounting for 32 runs.

8.

Florida State

36-12

1-0 @ Jacksonville, 2-1 v. UCF.

8

Ace Sean Gilmartin’s win on Friday was the 29th of his college career.

9.

Texas A&M

32-16

0-1 @ UTSA, 2-1 v. Dallas Baptist

9

Aggies will host Nebraska next weekend, then will travel to Texas to close out the regular season.

10.

TCU

33-14

2-1 @ Oklahoma State

10

The Purkeless Horned Frogs have resurrected their season after a slow start.

11.

Cal State Fullerton

33-13

3-0 v. UC Riverside

11

Noe Ramirez, Dylan Floro and Nick Ramirez combined for a 2 hitter on Friday night.

12.

Southern Mississippi

36-11

1-0 @ South Alabama, 3-0 v. UAB

12

Senior Todd McInnis gives the Golden Eagles a legit chance to take a crucial game against a higher profile ace in the post season.

13.

Georgia Tech

33-14

2-0 v. Illinois-Chicago

13

Rare Saturday, Sunday, Monday series for Tech but Pope and Bradley took care of business in the first two.

14.

Oklahoma

35-13

1-0 @ Arkansas-Little Rock, 3-0 v. Kansas

15

Riding a 5 game winning streak, the Sooners are actually the hottest team in the Big 12.

15.

North Carolina

37-10

1-0 v. Gardner-Webb, 3-0 v. Maryland

16

Senior Patrick Johnson (8-1, 3.10) has provided answers to a team that entered the season with pitching questions. Freshman Kent Emanuel (6-1, 2.73) has solidified the Saturday role.

16.

Stetson

37-10

3-0 v. Florida Gulf Coast

17

Hatters have won 6 in a row and will face #8 Florida State in midweek action on Tuesday.

17.

Miami

31-16

2-1 v. Hofstra

21

Canes will travel to Virginia to take on the #1 Cavaliers next weekend.

18.

Clemson

32-15

3-0 v. Gardner-Webb

24

This potent Clemson offense is clicking on all cylinders after stumbling out of the gate.

19.

Connecticut

33-13

2-0 v. South Florida

25

Red hot Huskies have won 15 of their last 16.

20.

Oklahoma State

31-15

1-2 v. TCU

18

Cowboys will be in Columbus this week for a two game stint against the Buckeyes.

21.

California

28-15

1-2 v. Oregon State

19

No shame in dropping 2 of 3 to the Beavers.

22.

Stanford

25-16

3-0 v. Washington

22

Stanford will face Arizona next weekend.

23.

UCLA

27-16

1-0 v. Pepperdine, 3-0 v. Oregon

20

Trevor Bauer has now tossed 5 straight complete games!

24.

Arkansas

32-15

2-1 v. Florida

NR

Huge series win as Arkansas attempts to take control of the SEC West.

25.

Arizona

30-16

3-0 v. Alcorn State

23

Wildcats have had a good season despite 9-9 conference record.

Dropped Out: Fresno State

College Baseball Prospect Update: Pitchers 5.7.11

Every weekend Prospect Junkies will be keeping tabs on the performances of the Top College Baseball Prospects and feeding their stats and our insights into one convenient place.

This weekend’s Top 25 v. Top 25 action:

#19 California and #5 Oregon State were rained out on friday so they played two yesterday where they split. The Beavers took the first game 3-0 behind a strong performance by Sam Gaviglio. Cal evened up the series with a 6-2 win thanks to a complete game by 2012 draft prospect LHP Justin Jones.

Purkeless #10 TCU evened up the series against #18 Oklahoma State with a 10-3 victory.

Pac 10

Trevor Bauer – RHP – UCLA – Jr. 9IP 4H 1ER 3BB 12K. (W, 9-2). 5 straight complete games for Bauer. 5!

Justin Jones – LHP – California – So. 9IP 6H 2ER 0BB 8K. (W, 6-4).

Madison Boer – RHP – Oregon – Jr. 8.1IP 6H 3ER 3BB 5K. (L, 3-4)

Sam Gaviglio – RHP – Oregon State – Jr. 6.1IP 5H 0ER 1BB 10K. (W, 9-1)

Erik Johnson – RHP – California – Jr. 7IP 2H 3ER 6BB 9K. (L, 5-2)

Josh Osich – LHP – Oregon State – Jr. 6IP 6H 4ER 2BB 4K. (L, 6-2).

Kurt Heyer – RHP – Arizona – So. 8IP 7H 1ER 2BB 11K. (W, 7-3)

SEC

Grayson Garvin – LHP – Vanderbilt – Jr. 8IP 6H 1ER 0BB 2K. (W, 10-1)

Jack Armstrong – RHP – Vanderbilt – Jr. .1IP 2ER 4BB 0K. 4BB in .1 IP? Really!?!

Karsten Whitson – RHP – Florida – Fr. 5.2IP 6H 3ER 0BB 6K.

Kevin Gausmann – RHP – LSU – Fr. 7IP 6H 2ER 1BB 10K. (L, 3-6)

Big 12

Cole Green – RHP – Texas – Sr. 8IP 8H 3ER 1BB 2K. (W, 5-3)

Burch Smith – RHP – Oklahoma – Jr. 7IP 7H 1ER 0BB 8K. (W, 8-3)

ACC

Kent Emanuel – LHP – North Carolina – Fr. 6.2IP 7H 3ER 2BB 4K.

Mark Pope – RHP – Georgia Tech – Jr. 6IP 6H 1ER 2BB 3K. (W, 10-2)

Cory Mazzoni – RHP – NC State – Jr. 8.2IP 5H 2ER 1BB 9K. (L, 3-6)

Big East

Matt Barnes – RHP – UConn – Jr. 8IP 3H 1ER 2BB 10K. (W, 9-3)

Randy Fontanez – RHP – South Florida – Sr. 7IP 7H 2ER 2BB 2K. (L, 5-4)

Brian Dupra – RHP – Notre Dame – Jr. 6IP 9H 3ER 1BB 4K.

Big South

Anthony Meo – RHP – Coastal Carolina – Jr. 8IP 3H 0ER 0BB 12K. (W, 7-3)

College Baseball Top Prospects: Pitchers 5.6.11

Every weekend Prospect Junkies will be keeping tabs on the performances of the Top College Baseball Prospects and feeding their stats and our insights into one convenient place.

#19 California @ #5 Oregon State – Postponed.

#18 Oklahoma State 6 v. #10 TCU 2 – Box.

Pac 10

Gerrit Cole – RHP – UCLA – Jr. 7.1IP 6H 1ER 1BB 5K. (W, 5-5). Cole, a top 3 pick next month outdueled Oregon’s Tyler Anderson who may be a 1st round pick in his own right.

Mark Appel – RHP – Stanford – So. 8IP 6H 1ER 2BB 9K. (W, 4-5).

Tyler Anderson – LHP – Oregon – Jr. 5.1IP 6H 3ER 4BB 4K. (L, 6-2)

Scott McGough – RHP – Oregon – Jr. 3IP 4H 3ER 1BB 1K.

Kyle Simon – RHP – Arizona – Jr. 9IP 4H 1ER 1BB 6K. (W, 8-3)

Adam Conley – LHP – Washington St. Jr. 8IP 6H 2ER 2BB 7K. (L, 5-6)

Brady Rodgers – RHP – Arizona State – So. 7.1IP 8H 3ER 0BB 5K. (W, 7-2)

SEC

Hudson Randall – RHP – Florida – So. 7IP 6H 4ER 0BB 5K. (L, 8-2). THURSDAY

DJ Baxendale – RHP – Arkansas – So. 9IP 7H 2ER 1BB 7K. (W, 7-1). THURSDAY. Baxendale will be one of the nations premiere Friday starters next season.

Sonny Gray – RHP – Vanderbilt – Jr. 8IP 4H 2ER 0BB 9K. (L, 9-3) Sonny will go in the top 10 but he was out pitched by fellow first rounder Alex Meyer.

Alex Meyer – RHP – Kentucky – Jr. 9IP 5H 0ER 1BB 5K. This was Meyer’s signature college moment as he finally delivers on the promise he showed in High School.

Brian Johnson – LHP – Florida – So. 4IP 5H 3ER 2BB 2K. (L, 7-2)

Michael Roth – LHP – South Carolina – Jr. 8IP 6H 1ER 1BB 6K. (W, 10-1)

Kurt McCune – RHP – LSU – Fr. 7IP 10H 4ER 0BB 5K. (W, 6-3)

Big 12

Taylor Jungmann – RHP – Texas – Jr. 8IP 5H 1ER 5BB 9K. (W, 11-0)

Michael Rocha – RHP – Oklahoma – Sr. 7IP 6H 1ER 1BB 6K. (W, 9-2)

T.J. Walz – RHP – Kansas – Sr. 5IP 8H 4ER 0BB 3K. (L, 5-5)

Michael Wacha – RHP – Texas A&M – So. 5IP 9H 4ER 1BB 6K.

ACC

Sean Gilmartin – LHP – Florida State – Jr. 7IP 3H 0ER 1BB 11K. (W, 8-1).

Patrick Johnson – RHP – North Carolina – Sr. 7IP 4H 0ER 4BB 12K. (W, 8-1)

Big East

Kyle Hansen – RHP – St. John’s – So. 8IP 5H 1ER 2BB 11K. (W, 7-4).

Mountain West Conference

Kyle Winkler – RHP – TCU – Jr. 6IP 9H 3ER 0BB 9K. (L, 8-2).

Conference USA

Austin Kubitza – RHP – Rice – Fr. 7.2IP 6H 2ER 0BB 8K. (W, 4-3)

Todd McInnis – RHP – Southern Miss – Sr. 6IP 8H 1ER 1BB 4K. (W, 7-1).

Conrad Flynn – RHP – Tulane – Sr. 9IP 3H 1ER 2BB 5K.

Ryan Wooley – RHP – UAB – Sr. 5.2IP 7H 3ER 5BB 4K. (L, 6-5)

Big South Conference

Cody Allen – RHP – High Point – Jr. 7.1IP 9H 3ER 3BB 9K. (L, 4-4)

Big West

Noe Ramirez – RHP – Cal State Fullerton – Jr. 6IP 1H 0ER 2BB 5K. (W, 7-2)

Andrew Gagnon – RHP – Long Beach State – Jr. 6.2IP 9H 5ER 3BB 2K. (L, 4-7) Rough outing against Arizona State.

Matt Andriese – RHP – UC Riverside – So. 7IP 12H 3ER 2BB 6K. (L, 3-4)

Southland Conference

Carson Smith – RHP – Texas State – Jr. 8IP 2H 0ER 5BB 14K. (W, 7-3)

MAC Conference

Andrew Chafin – RHP – Kent State – So. 4IP 7H 3ER 0BB 4K. (W, 5-1)

2011 MLB Mock Draft 3.0

**Update: Final Mock Draft from 6.5.11 posted here.**

It’s been over two months since my last mock draft, and I’m thrilled to say that the wait is over folks! With each edition we’re becoming slightly less and less inaccurate but this list is still ripe with speculation and postulation.

The most significant contrast you’ll notice from other editions is that TCU LHP Matt Purke has gone from a projected #2 overall selection when this list was first published in January, to off the board completely. Purke missed time early in the season with blister issues and hasn’t resembled the pitcher that went 16-0 as a freshman last season. He’s currently shut down with shoulder soreness and that injury combined with his increased leverage of being a sophomore currently make him too risky to be classified as a first round pick. Note that a return to the mound could vault him back into the middle of the first round very quickly.

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1. Pittsburgh Pirates – Anthony Rendon – 3B – Rice. Bats: R Throws: R. 6’0″ 190. Last Drafted: Atlanta Braves – ’08 (27th Round).

Update: The most feared amateur hitter in the nation has just 4 HR on the year but without much protection in the Owls lineup he’s already walked 62 times, an astounding 30% of his plate appearances. A sore shoulder has limited him mostly to DH, but it’s more likely that his decreasing power numbers are a result of the new college bats and a lack of pitches to hit.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Anthony Rendon, 2.22 Anthony Rendon

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2. Seattle Mariners – Gerrit Cole – RHP – UCLA. 6’4″ 220. Last Drafted: New York Yankees – ’08 (1st Round).

Update: Cole has shown improved control (not command) in 2011 and if UCLA could score more runs his Bruins would still be a top 5 team in the nation as they were in the preseason. Despite his teams inconsistent play, the Boras Corp advisee could slide past Rendon into the top spot.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Matt Purke, 2.22 Gerrit Cole

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3. Arizona Diamondbacks – Sonny Gray – RHP – Vanderbilt. 5’11” 180. Last Drafted: Chicago Cubs – ’08 (27th Round).

Update: My hunch is that the undersized RHP will end up in the pen, but with his mid 90’s fastball and one of the better curveballs in the draft, Gray will be given every opportunity to start.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Gerrit Cole, 2.22 Matt Purke

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4. Baltimore Orioles – Dylan Bundy – RHP – Owasso HS (OK). 6’1″ 200. College Commitment: Texas.

Update: Dylan’s brother Bobby was an 8th round pick by these Baltimore Orioles in 2008 so it’s conceivable that they make the younger Bundy the first prep pitcher off the board.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Bubba Starling, 2.22 Taylor Jungmann

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5. Kansas City Royals – Bubba Starling – OF – Gardner Edgerton HS (KS). Bats: R Throws: R. 6’4″ 180. College Commitment: Nebraska (Football)

Update: Missed some time with a quad injury but was triumphant in his return. On talent alone he’s a top 5 pick but bonus demand could cause him to drop to anywhere in the first round. Scouting report here by Mike Diaz.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Taylor Jungmann, 2.22 George Springer

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6. Washington Nationals – Danny Hultzen – LHP – Virginia. 6’2″ 195. Last Drafted: Arizona Diamondbacks – ’08 (10th Round)

Update: Hultzen might not have the pure “stuff” of Cole, Gray or Jed Bradley but he trumps them all in the polish category. He’s currently 9-1 1.19 ERA and in 75.2 innings he has 112 Ks to just 12 BBs

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Daniel Norris, 2.22 Sonny Gray

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7. Arizona Diamondbacks (for failure to sign Barret Loux) – Francisco Lindor – SS – Montverde Academy (FL). Bats: B Throws: R. 5’11” 175. College Commitment: Florida State.

Update: While this draft is insanely deep, if it has a weakness it’s top tier prep position players. Lindor is impressive and the closest thing to Manny Machado in this draft.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Jackie Bradley Jr., 2.22 Jackie Bradley Jr.

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8. Cleveland Indians – Taylor Jungmann – RHP – Texas. 6’6 195. Last Drafted: Los Angeles Angles – ’08 (24th Round)

Update: A workhorse who routinely gives his Longhorn bullpen the night off, Jungmann is now 10-0 with an 0.90 ERA with three complete game shutouts. The Indians have spent 1st round picks on North Carolina’s Alex White, and Mississippi’s Drew Pomeranz both of whom, like Jungmann, were among the best college arms in their respective classes.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 George Springer, 2.22 Archie Bradley

9. Chicago Cubs – Taylor Guerrieri – RHP – Spring Valley HS (SC). 6’3″ 180. College Commitment: South Carolina.

Update: Guerrieri has rocketed up draft boards after hitting 98 mph this spring.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Sonny Gray, 2.22 Bubba Starling

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10. San Diego Padres (for failure to sign Karsten Whitson) – Trevor Bauer – RHP – UCLA. 6’1″ 175. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: Trevor Bauer has outpitched higher profile teammate Gerrit Cole and is 8-1 1.42 with 142 Ks in 91.2 IP. All this after leading the NCAA in strikeouts 2010 (165 in 131.1 IP).

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Archie Bradley, 2.22 Matt Barnes

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11. Houston Astros – Archie Bradley – RHP – Broken Arrow HS (OK). 6’4″ 210. College Commitment: Oklahoma.

Update: Like Starling, Archie Bradley is a star in both the gridiron and the diamond providing him leverage not afforded to his peers, but MLB teams will have the luxury of spreading his bonus over multiple years to buy him away from his college commitment.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Dillon Howard, 2.22 Daniel Norris

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12. Milwaukee Brewers – Jed Bradley – LHP – Georgia Tech. 6’3″ 205. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: Now that I’ve had the chance to see Bradley throw on film a few times, I’m even more impressed with his stuff. Though he lacks polish and command, so does Gerrit Cole, the top pitcher in this class.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Matt Barnes, 2.22 Dylan Bundy

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13. New York Mets – George Springer – OF – Connecticut. Bats: R Throws: R. 6’3″ 205. Last Drafted: Minnesota Twins ’08 (48th Round)

Update: The athletic outfielder is leading the Huskies in AVE (.371), HR (9), RBI (62) and SB (22) among other things.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 John Stilson, 2.22 Francisco Lindor

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14. Florida Marlins – Daniel Norris – LHP – Science Hill HS (TN). 6’3″ 180. College Commitment: Clemson.

Update: Appears to be falling on the list of prep pitchers but it’s more the result of risers like Bundy and Guerrieri. Norris is a classically trained pianist and one of the more grounded kids in this draft.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Dylan Bundy, 2.22 Jed Bradley

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15. Milwaukee Brewers (for failure to sign Dylan Covey) – Matt Barnes – RHP – Connecticut. 6’3″ 180. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: UConn was a preseason top 10 team before stumbling out of the gate but Barnes and company have been hot lately

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Trevor Bauer, 2.22 Trevor Bauer

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16. Los Angeles Dodgers – Anthony Meo – RHP – Coastal Carolina. 6’2″ 190. Last Drafted: Washington Nationals – ’08 (43rd Round)

Update: I’m trying not to add too much weight to signability this far out from draft day, but the financial state of the Dodgers means they most likely won’t select a high schooler.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Danny Hultzen, 2.22 Danny Hultzen

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17. Los Angeles Angels – Blake Swihart – C – Cleveland HS (NM). Bats: B Throws: R. 6’0″ 175. College Commitment: Texas.

Update: One of the best prep bats in this class, Swihart is a switch hitter who has a better than average chance to remain behind the dish. There’s a lot to like about that last sentence.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Blake Swihart, 2.22 Blake Swihart

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18. Oakland Athletics – Mikie Mahtook – OF – LSU. 6’1″ 205. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Florida Marlins ’08 (39th Round).

Update: Mikie Mahtook has been on the national scene since his freshman year when he stared on a National Championship team and this year he’s taken the next step to superstardom.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Josh Bell, 2.22 Anthony Meo

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19. Boston Red Sox (from Tigers for Victor Martinez) – Alex Meyer – RHP – Kentucky. 6’9″ 210. Last Drafted: Boston Red Sox. ’08 (20th Round).

Update: Scouting Report Here. The Red Sox aggressively tried to sign him away from his Kentucky commitment so it’s conceivable Meyer comes off the board here.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Francisco Lindor, 2.22 Jason Esposito

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20. Colorado Rockies – Dillon Howard – RHP – Searcy HS (AR). 6’2″ 200. College Commitment: Arkansas.

Update: Howard has three potential plus pitches with his change-up being his best offering.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Tyler Anderson, 2.22 Dillon Howard

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21. Toronto Blue Jays – Tyler Anderson – LHP – Oregon. 6’3″ 195. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: Though the Ducks season has been a bit of a disappointment, Anderson has thrived going 6-1 with a 1.51 ERA and 92 K’s in 83.1 IP.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Jason Esposito, 2.22 Tyler Anderson

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22. St. Louis Cardinals – Jackie Bradley Jr. – OF – South Carolina. Bats: L Throws: R. 5’10” 175. Last Drafted: Never

Update: Bradley Jr. entered the season on the heals of a Most Outstanding Player award in the College World Series as a potential top 5 pick. He’s had some trouble adjusting to the new bats and will now miss significant time (if not the season) with a torn ligament in his wrist.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Derek Fisher, 2.22 John Stilson

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23. Washington Nationals (from White Sox for Adam Dunn) – Josh Bell – OF – Jesuit Prep School of Dallas (TX). Bats: B Throws: R. 6’3″ 205. College Commitment: Texas.

Update: Like Swilhart, Bell is a switch hitter and one of the top prep bats in this class.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Alex Meyer, 2.22 Josh Bell

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24. Tampa Bay Rays (from Red Sox for Carl Crawford) – Henry Owens – LHP – Edison HS Huntington Beach (CA). 6’5″ 185. College Commitment: Miami (FL).

Update: Owens may pass Norris as the top prep lefty in this draft.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Brandon Nimmo, 2.22 Henry Owens

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25. San Diego Padres – Andrew Susac – C – Oregon State. 6’1″ 205. Bats: R Throws: R. Last Drafted: Philadelphia Phillies – ’09 (16th Round).

Update: Susac is currently out with a broken hamate bone, but he’ll return in time for the Beavers run at a return to Omaha.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Anthony Meo, 2.22 Kolten Wong

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26. Boston Red Sox (from Rangers for Adrian Beltre) – Jose Fernandez – RHP – Alonso HS (FL). 6’3″ 215. College Commitment: South Florida.

Update: The Cuban born Fernandez has a plus fastball that sits in the mid to low 90s.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Jose Fernandez, 2.22 Jose Fernandez

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27. Cincinnati Reds – Levi Michael – SS – North Carolina. 5’10” 180. Bats: B Throws: R. Last Drafted: Never.

Update: Michael graduated from HS a semester early and started as a freshman in what would have been his senior year of high school. He’s spent seasons at 2B and 3B before settling at SS this year where he’s holding his own.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 – Alex Dickerson, 2.22 Alex Dickerson

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28. Atlanta Braves – Brian Goodwin – OF – Miami Dade JC. 6’1″ 190. Bats: L Thorws: R. Last Drafted – Chicago White Sox – ’09 (17th Round).

Update: A bluechip recruit at North Carolina, Goodwin left after his freshman year rather than ride out a suspension resulting in his being draft eligible a year earlier.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Zach Cone, 2.22 Zach Cone

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29. San Francisco Giants – Jason Esposito – SS/3B – Vanderbilt. Throws: R Bats: R. 6’1″ 195. Last Drafted: Kansas City Royals – ’08 (7th Round).

Update: Esposito is a slick fielding 3B with decent pop on one of the Nation’s best NCAA teams.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Jed Bradley, 2.22 Brian Goodwin

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30. Minnesota Twins – Nicky Delmonico – C/3B – Farragut HS (TN). 6’2″ 185. Bats: L Throws: R. College Commitment: Georgia.

Update: Farragut is a powerhouse in Tennessee baseball with a number of MLB draft picks and Delmonico could go down as the greatest in school history. The Twins actually selected Farragut pitcher Kyle Waldrop in the 1st round of the 2004 draft.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Noe Ramirez, 2.22 Brandon Nimmo

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31. Tampa Bay Rays – (From Yankees for Raphael Soriano) – Brandon Nimmo – OF – Cheyenne (WY). 6’3″ 185. Bats: L Throws: R. College Commitment: Arkansas.

Update: Nimmo looks to become the best MLB draftee since John Buck.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Logan Verrett, 2.22 Andrew Susac

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32. Tampa Bay Rays – John Stilson – RHP – Texas A&M. 6’4″ 190. Last Drafted: Minnesota Twins – ’09 (19th Round).

Update: One of the Nation’s best closers as a sophomore, Stilson has transitioned into the Friday starter role and owns a 4-1 record with a 1.71 ERA and 87 K’s in 79 IP.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Charlie Tilson, 2.22 Alex Meyer

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33. Texas Rangers (From Phillies for Cliff Lee) – Charlie Tilson – OF – New Trier HS (IL). 6’0″ 165. Throws: R Bats: R. College Commitment: Illinois.

Update: An extended winter has limited the opportunities of MLB teams to get looks at Tilson, but he’s one of the more athletic outfielders in this draft. Period.

Previous Mocks: 1.17 Mikie Mahtook, 2.22 Mikie Mahtook

Dropped Out:

Matt Purke – LHP – TCU. 6’4″ 180. Last Drafted: Texas Rangers – ’09 (1st Round).

Kolten Wong – 2B – Hawaii. Bats: L Throws: R. 5’8″ 175. Last Drafted: Minnesota Twins – ’08 (16th Round).

Alex Dickerson – OF – Indiana. 6’3″ 220. Throws: L Bats: L. Last Drafted – Washington Nationals ’08 (48th Round).

Zach Cone – OF – Georgia. 6’2″ 200. Throws: R Bats: R. Last Drafted – Los Angeles Angles ’08 (3rd Round).



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College Baseball Top 25: 5.2.11

For the second straight week, there is no movement in our top 5 as each of those teams won their series, including sweeps from our three SEC top 5 teams. The cream of the college crop is becoming abundantly clear as the top 5 teams listed below continue to separate themselves from the mediocre and inconsistent middle of the pack.

Next weekend’s Top 25 v. Top 25 action:

#19 California @ #5 Oregon State

#10 TCU @ # 18 Oklahoma State

Rank

Team

W-L

Last Week

Previous

Comments

1.

South Carolina

35-8

1-0 v. Liberty, 3-0 v. Auburn

1

The Gamecocks rolled through Auburn this weekend and will travel to Mississippi next weekend.

2.

Virginia

42-5

2-1 @ Boston College

2

It’s hard to believe that the same Virginia team that won 17-0 on Friday, lost 5-4 on Saturday. But at 42-5, I won’t hold it against them.

3.

Vanderbilt

38-5

3-0 v. Tennessee

3

After scoring 31 runs last weekend against LSU, the Dores outscored state rival Tennessee 39-5.

4.

Florida

34-10

3-0 v. Mississippi

4

The Gators will travel to Arkansas and will be on ESPN U on both Thursday and Saturday.

5.

Oregon State

32-9

2-1 v. Washington St.

5

Josh Osich no hit the Bruins on Saturday beating an impressive Trevor Bauer.

6.

Texas

33-11

1-0 v. Texas State, 2-1 v. Oklahoma

8

Friday’s win against then #14 Oklahoma was Augie Garrido’s 1800th of his career.

7.

Arizona State

28-9

1-0 @. Arizona, 2-1 v. Stanford

7

Sophomore Jake Barrett has flourished in the Sunday role after faltering on Fridays earlier in the year.

8.

Florida State

33-11

2-1 @ Miami

9

Then #21 Miami was one of the hotter teams in college baseball before running into the Seminoles.

9.

Texas A&M

30-14

0-1 v. Sam Houston State, 1-2 v. Missiouri

6

An ugly 1-3 week would have knocked the Aggies down even further if Georgia Tech, Fresno St. and Cal State Fullerton had performed better.

10.

TCU

31-13

0-1 @ Dallas Baptist, 0-1 v. Oklahoma, 2-0 v. BYU.

13

Don’t look now but TCU, our preseason #2 team, is now back in the top 10 after stumbling out of the gate. They’ll have a tough challenge in Oklahoma State next weekend.

11.

Cal State Fullerton

30-13

0-1 v. San Diego, 2-1 v. Pacific

12

Why didn’t Noe Ramirez pitch this weekend? Comments welcome.

12.

Southern Mississippi

32-11

2-1 v. East Carolina

15

East Carolina is a fringe top 25 team in their own right, thus the Golden Eagles series victory is all that more impressive.

13.

Georgia Tech

31-14

0-1 v. Georgia, 1-2 v. Clemson

10

Rough week for the Jackets but note that Clemson was my preseason #6 team.

14.

Fresno State

29-9

1-2 v. Hawaii

11

Game 4 of the Hawaii series to take place tomorrow.

15.

Oklahoma

31-13

1-0 @ TCU, 1-2 @ Texas

14

Not going to drop them too much after going a combined 2-2 on the road against the #6 and #10 teams in the nation respectively.

16.

North Carolina

33-12

1-0 v. East Carolina

16

Tar Heals took the weekend off for Finals.

17.

Stetson

34-10

0-1 v. Bethune-Cookman, 3-0 v. North Florida

23

Hatters continue to climb.

18.

Oklahoma State

30-13

0-1 v. Wichita State, 2-0 v. Kansas State

20

Nice bounce back after being swept by Texas A&M last weekend.

19.

California

26-14

0-1 v. Stanford, 2-1 v. Oregon

22

Again a nice bounce back after a sweep (Arizona State) but the Bears will have their hands full with #5 Oregon State next weekend.

20.

UCLA

23-16

1-0 v. UC Irvine, 1-2 v. Oregon State

18

Trevor Bauer improved on his impressive numbers but both he and Gerrit Cole lost.

21.

Miami

29-15

1-0 v. South Florida, 1-2 v. Florida State

21

A tough weekend behind them, the Canes will get a tune up against Hofstra next weekend before traveling to Virginia the next.

22.

Stanford

21-16

0-1 v. St. Mary’s, 1-2 v. Arizona State

17

Stanford will need to finish strong with remaining series against Oregon, Arizona and Cal to avoid a disappointing season.

23.

Arizona

27-16

0-1 v. Arizona State, 3-0 v. Southern California

25

Nice rebound after losing 2 of 3 to Oregon last weekend.

24.

Clemson

29-15

1-0 v. Western Carolina, 2-1 v. Georgia Tech

NR

Clemson was my preseason #6.

25.

Connecticut

31-13

1-0 v. Central Connecticut State, 2-1 v. Rutgers

NR

UConn checked in at #10 in my preseason Top 25 but fell off early after a horrible first month.

Dropped Out: Arkansas (19), Rice (24)

College Baseball Prospect Update: Pitchers 4.30.11

Every weekend Prospect Junkies will be keeping tabs on the performances of the Top College Baseball Prospects and feeding their stats and our insights into one convenient place.

In this weekend’s Top 25 v. Top 25 action:

#5 Oregon State took game two and the series on the road against #18 UCLA behind a no hitter by rising draft prospect Josh Osich 2-0.

#8 Texas secured a series win against #14 Oklahoma with a 4-3 win behind a strong performance by Senior Cole Green.

#9 Florida State takes game two and the series 2-0 against #21 Miami.

#17 Stanford evened up the series @ #7 Arizona State with a 6-4 win.

Pac 10

Trevor Bauer – RHP – UCLA – Jr. 9IP 4H 2ER 2BB 15K. (L, 8-2). 142 K’s now for the nation’s leader in 91.2IP.

Austin Wood – RHP – USC – Jr. 3IP 6H 7ER 4BB 1K. (L, 4-6). Wood was horrible in a game that USC would end up losing 20-4.

Josh Osich – LHP – Oregon State – Jr. 9IP 0H 0ER 1BB 13K. (W, 6-1) No hitter against UCLA.

Madison Boer – RHP – Oregon – Jr. 7.1IP 7H 2ER 2BB 3K. (W, 3-3)

Justin Jones – LHP – California – So. 7IP 9H 3ER 1BB 4K. (L, 5-4)

SEC

Brian Johnson – LHP – Florida – So. 6.2IP 4H 0ER 1BB 9K. (W, 7-1)

Grayson Garvin – LHP – Vanderbilt – Jr. 5.2IP 6H 1ER 0BB 6K. (W, 9-1)

Jack Armstron – RHP – Vanderbilt – Jr. 2IP 1H 0ER 1BB 1K.

Big 12

Cole Green – RHP – Texas – Sr. 6IP 3ER 3BB 6K. (W, 4-3)

Hoby Milner – LHP – Texas – So. 2IP 1H 0ER 0BB 1K.

Michael Wacha – RHP – Texas A&M – So. 5.2IP 8H 4ER 2BB 6K. 5 unearned runs were his undoing.

Burch Smith – RHP – Oklahoma – Jr. 2.1IP 5H 4ER 2BB 1K. (L, 7-3)

Matt Stites – RHP – Missouri – Jr. 8IP 6H 1ER 1BB 8K. (W, 3-3)

ACC

Jed Bradley – LHP – Georgia Tech – Jr. 9IP 7H 0ER 1BB 3K. (W, 5-2) Quality win against a resurgent Clemson team.

Tyler Wilson – RHP – Virginia – Sr. 5.1IP 6H 4ER 1BB 6K.