Prospect Roundup: Week 11

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Virginia ace Connor Jones tossed a complete game four-hitter against Pittsburgh on Saturday in ACC action.

By: Burke Granger

As the June 9th MLB draft approaches, Florida’s A.J. Puk is solidifying his spot as the top arm in this class.  After exiting a start earlier this month with back spasms and then sitting out the following weekend, Puk has looked like the 1:1 candidate he is since his return.

This weekend against Georgia, Puk struck out 10 over 6 innings, while surrendering just 4 hits, a run, and 3 walks.  Puk did leave this start with what coach Kevin O’Sullivan later called a hand cramp so that will be something to monitor this weekend to determine if it’s something more serious.

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Prospect Roundup: Week 9

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Jason Groome, the possible top overall pick in the June draft, has been declared ineligible for violating transfer rules.  (Photo courtesy of Mark Brown, B51 Photography)

By: Burke Granger

While we normally reserve this weekly installment for our college draft prospects, we’d be remiss if we didn’t at least touch on the Jason Groome situation.  Groome is currently looking like the top player on the board in this draft class.  A Vanderbilt commit, there are few who think Groome will end up in Nashville.  A 17-year old, 6’5″ 210 pound lefty who can bump it up to 97 mph, Groom is obviously going to be an attractive commodity this June.

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College Prospect Roundup: Week 5

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Dakota Hudson set the pace for the Bulldogs in series win in Nashville.  (Courtesy of hailstate.com)

By: Burke Granger

Conference play kicked off for some of the elite conferences this past weekend, resulting in a clash between several of the nation’s top teams.  #6 Miami hosted #4 Louisville in Coral Gables and took the first two games of the series thanks to big performances by some of their top prospects.

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2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Kyle Funkhouser

Kyle Funkhouser – RHP – Louisville. 6’3″ 225. Class: Senior. DOB: 3.16.94. Last Drafted: 2015 – Los Angeles Dodgers (35th Overall).

By: Burke Granger

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Xavier Musketeers @ Louisville Cardinals.  February 28, 2015, Louisville, KY.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish @ Louisville Cardinals.  March 11, 2016, Louisville, KY.

Regarded as the 360th best draft prospect in the 2012 draft by Baseball America as a prep star at Oak Forest (Ill.), Funkhouser went undrafted and followed through on his commitment to Louisville.

While working primarily in relief as a freshman, Funkhouser still managed 6 starts and accounted for Louisville’s only shutout that season (against Villanova).  Funkhouser got his first taste of Omaha as a freshman, but it wouldn’t be his last.  The Cardinals 2013 trip to the College World Series was their first since 2007.  While Louisville went two and out in 2013, Funkhouser saw relief action in an 11-4 loss to Oregon State putting together a 2.1IP, 2H 0R, 0ER, 2BB, 4K line.

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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.

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Prospect Weekend Rundown: Week 2

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Miami catcher Zack Collins faces an early test against a deep Florida Gator staff.  (Photo courtesy of hurricanesports.com)

By: Burke Granger

The second weekend of the college baseball season is highlighted by an interstate rivalry and a strong tournament with each of the six participants of the 2016 Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic in Houston being a regional candidate.

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