Mack Draft: – Bryce Smolen, Preston Tucker, Karsten Whitson, B.A. Vollmuth, Anthony Rendon

Baylor was heavily favored over Oral Roberts entering the weekend, but perhaps that prediction should be revised. The Golden Eagles touched Baylor ace starting pitcher Logan Verrett for four runs in just three innings on the way to a 7-3 victory. ORU starting pitcher Bryce Smolen had the most impressive performance, allowing just a run in five innings. – http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=5266  

 

(Preston) Tucker is also a little soft through the mid-section, and I was a little surprised to heard a few weeks ago that he would start the year in right field. He’s not a bad athlete, and he’s not obviously over weight, but conditioning will continue to be a concern moving forward. He does have strong arms and sloped shoulders with a good approach at the plate. He had three hits in this game, including a double and a two-run home run. On the double he turned on a high, inside fastball to lace a rope down the right field line. He hit an RBI single in the third in which he looped a curveball the other way into shallow left field. His home run in the fifth was a golf shot, going down low and using his strength to muscle the ball over the fence in right-centerfield. – http://www.5tooltalk.com/2011-notes-2-20-11.html  

 

•One of the top freshman in the country took to the hill in Gainesville with Florida RHP Karsten Whitson. He was the ninth selection in the 2010 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres but decided to become a Gators. He did not disappoint giving up only one hit in five scoreless innings while striking out nine batters out of the 16 batters he faced. Former MLB and current South Florida pitching coach stated to Scott Carter of Gatorzone.com “He’s very legit – tremendous fastball, good breaking ball. He showed great poise for a freshman. I was really impressed.’’- http://www.collegebaseballdaily.com/2011/02/21/foleys-quick-hits-for-feb-20th

B.A. Vollmuth – certainly one of the top draft-eligible shortstops, right there with Levi Michael and Joe Panik. Vollmuth probably has the most raw power of any shortstop out there, off the top of my head. A lot of scouts envision him as a third baseman in pro ball, but let’s see how he handles short this year—he has the arm strength, just needs to be more consistent. – http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/college/top-25/2011/2611318.html

Rendon had his summer with Team USA cut short due to an ankle injury, one that required surgery. The right-handed hitter was ready to go to start the season and played in all three games against Stanford. Rendon went 3-for-12 as the Cardinal took two of three from the Owls. All three hits were singles and Rendon, hitting third in the lineup, didn’t drive in a run. But he moved well, ran well and showed off plus tools throughout the weekend. – http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110221&content_id=16694012&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb&tcid=tw_article_16694012  

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