Mack Draft: – Josh Osich, Alex Meyer, Neiko Johnson, Jeremy Rathjen, Anthony Rendon

Josh Osich, LHP — Oregon State – Osich missed all of last season after having Tommy John surgery 13 months ago and returned to Corvallis for a fourth season. In his first start of 2011, the southpaw struggled to throw strikes, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings, but sat 94-97 mph with his fastball. Osich, a projectable 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, also throws a slider and a hard change, and a healthy season in which he recovers his command and displays the plus breaking ball could earn him consideration in Top 100 after being a seventh-round selection by the Los Angeles Angels last June. –


Kentucky JR RHP Alex Meyer (2011): 7 IP 3 H 2 ER 3 BB 13 K – Broken record alert! Any other year, these three are first round locks and Meyer would be considered as close to a top ten guarantee as possible. It isn’t outside the realm of possibility that a team like Washington, picking 6th overall and 1st in the supplemental first (34th overall) could walk away from the draft with two potential quick moving top of the rotation starting pitching prospects (Sonny Gray and Alex Meyer, for example)…


•The University of Kentucky announced before Wednesday’s game that redshirt senior outfielder and second baseman Neiko Johnson will miss four to six weeks with a broken finger. Johnson injured the finger in Tuesday’s game versus Morehead St. while sliding into second base –


•Rice bounced back from a tough loss to Lamar by defeating Texas State 11-10 behind Jeremy Rathjen’s 2-5 five RBI performance. The game really wasn’t as close as the final score indicated as reliever J.T. Chargois struggled to say the least as he give up five runs on two hits while walking three batters in the bottom of the ninth.-


Scouts flocked to San Marcos, Texas, to see No. 22 Rice take on Texas State junior righthander Carson Smith. The Owls’ offense broke out, led by three hits from Anthony Rendon and five RBIs from Jeremy Rathjen, leading Rice to an 11-10 win. The hard-throwing Smith—a potential top two-to-three-rounds pick this June—took the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out four over 4 2/3 innings. Texas State rallied back with five runs in the ninth—highlighted by a grand slam from Kyle Kubitza, brother of Rice righthander Austin Kubitza—before the comeback bid ran out of steam –



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