Draft Dope – Trevor Bauer, IF Draft, Kevin Brady, Casey McElroy, J.J. Ethel, Brooks Beisner, Anthony Meo, John Austin Hicks, Eric Oxford, Jonathan Taylor

129 pitches in early March? What are ya talkin’ about, Willis?

UCLA actually let pitching prospect Trevor Bauer pitch the ball 129 times Saturday night. No, he didn’t have a no-hitter going.

I’m thinking of starting a poll on the site with guesses when Bauer will have his first TJS surgery.

I know, the manager will probably tell you ‘I asked Trevor and he said he was fine and wanted to stay in…’.

Jeez…

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According to the current mock drafts, infielders are just not going to dominate the first round of the 2011 draft. Right now, there are no first basemen projected for the first round and, since Florida’s Preston Tucker has now moved to the outfield, there might be none in the second round either. Hawaii’s Kolton Wong is the only second baseman projected there, while there are only two shortstops, Montverde (FL.) High School’s Francisco Linder, and Arlington (TX.) Country Day’s Javier Baez projected that high. Yes, Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon is still ranked as the first overall pick, but only Vandy’s Jason Esposito also projects out as a first rounder.

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Clemson ‘s Kevin Brady is down and out for up to 2 weeks… forearm muscle strain .

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Auburn junior SS Casey McElroy led his Tigers to their 7th victory last Friday, going 3-4, with a 3-run homer. Casey was philosophical: “I think today’s game was great, our team is still trying to find its identity and it was a good win for us today. For me, the past few weeks, I have been hitting the ball right on the nose, but all my balls have seemed to find the leather. Today, I got a couple of those hits back, and got a ball up in the zone to drive out.”

McElroy was named to the Cape Cod League all-star team this past summer. He also hit .325 as a sophomore, with nine home runs and 11 doubles. So far this season, he’s hitting .341/.391/.537.

He followed this game with Saturday stats of 3-5, 1-R, HR, 1-RBI.

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Louisville’s J.J. Ethel (1-4, 1-R, 1-RBI) takes little credit for the come from behind 3-2 win Friday night against Kent State:

“I give a lot of credit to my teammates and coaches. They know I have not had the start I wanted for season, but they kept belief in me. It was the not the hit at the end, that won us the game. It was our pitching and out defense. The pitching has been the main reason why we have our first six wins. Hopefully this come from behind win, can wake up our offense and give our team the confidence it needs. But overall it’s the best feeling to have a walk off win at home, especially in front of the fans.”

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Auburn’s junior OF Brooks Beisner had a killer game against The College of Charleston Saturday, going 3-4, scoring two runs, going yard, and knocking in three. He had nothing but praise for his opponent: “Hey Mack, we had some good at bats as a team. The College of Charleston is a great program, and we got some good balls to hit and we did our jobs. It was a great overall team win.” Beisner hails out of Charlotte (FL.) High School and was a transfer from St. Petersburg Junior College, where he hit .320 as a sophomore.

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As many of you who follow my site know, Coastal Carolina starter Anthony Meo is one of my favorites going into the draft. Meo has been projected as a first round pick in four of the last five mock drafts that have come out and I see him as a lock for a seven figure signing bonus.

Things didn’t start out well for Anthony (2-25: 5.0-IP, 9-ER), but everything got back together in Saturday’s 11-1 rout of Ball State. Meo went 5.0, giving up only one earned run while striking out eight.

Meo was happy with Saturday:

“My last outing was very important for me after having a rough start the week before,” said Meo. “ All week long you really try to figure out what you didn’t do well and you try to improve. No one is going to have their best stuff every time out there and it was important to me to get back on track with a solid bounce back start. Early in the year you’re trying to figure out how to get back to what you do successful and I can see an improvement each and every week.

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Virginia’s 1B John Austin Hicks went 3-4, 2-R, 1-RBI against Cornell on March 4th:

Mack: John, it was just a great overall game for you tonight. What made everything click?

Hicks: “The team had a great day today which helps you get things going. I was able to get a few hits and my teammates continued to drive me in. Our pitching looked great and we got off to a good start. When the team is playing well it helps build up your confidence. I was able to get that confidence today at the plate and my teammates continued to give me opportunities to make things happen.”

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1B Eric Oxford and his 2-3 Holy Cross team kicked St. Joe butt on Monday, going 4-5, 3-R, 3-RBI. Eric was both happy with the win and proud to be a member of this team:

“We were real happy with our win vs. St. Joe’s. I was glad I was able to help my team win. It was a great win all around: pitching, hitting, defense. This win, as well as the previous win against Villanova, were wins we knew we had a great chance of getting. That’s not a knock on Nova or St. Joe’s, because both teams have a lot of talented guys and have a chance to do well this year. But this year, our team has a lot of confidence. The great mix of returners and freshmen gives us a great chance to be successful this season. We know that we have the potential to do well this season, and we are confident that we can get a lot of things done this season.

“Our first weekend, we played 3 games against LSU. Although the results weren’t what we were looking for – we lost all 3 – there were a lot of positives to take out of that series. Those positives shone through this weekend with two solid wins. I think we have a great opportunity this spring to accomplish things that haven’t been done by a Holy Cross baseball team in a long time.

“Our ultimate goal is to win a Patriot League championship this year. We were one win away from winning the league last year, and I’ve never been more excited for a baseball season than this year.”

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An update on the injury to Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor… he underwent “surgery to stabilize his neck fracture” and spine Monday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens and will move later this week to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta to continue his rehabilitation.

Taylor’s family has established http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/Johnathantaylor for individuals to check of updates and send messages of support.

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