Draft Dope: Dylan Nasiatka , Logan Vick, Keegan Linza, Paul Cusick, Danny Hultzen, Jake Lowery

Hofstra (0-8) finally registered their first win on Friday, downing 30th ranked James Madison, 4-3. Junior DH Dylan Nasiatka went yard, which was the difference in the game.

 
“Today was a big win for our team,” said Nasiatka. “We haven’t been playing the best baseball lately but we have been working extremely hard during the week and we are starting to put some pieces together. Our starting pitching has been throwing consistently and our bullpen is beginning to gain confidence. I am in the same boat with all of our hitters. We have all had some struggles but are beginning to see the ball better and are getting better swings and more quality at bats. Let me know if you need anything else, I’d be happy to answer.”

 
Naisatka is a former Bakersfield College All-American catcher, whobroke the school record for batting average after hitting .473 in 2010.

 
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Baylor (8-5) beat Louisiana Tech (8-4) Thursday, 8-4, in the first game of their four game series. The Bears’ left fielder, sophomore Logan Vick, went 3-4, 3-R, and raised his season batting average to .241. Logan was happy with his performance:

 

“it was nice to finally have some hits fall,” said Vick. “I think tonight we played well as a team and hit the ball well and had great pitching for us tonight. For me, the season may not look that great in the books, but I feel like i have been hitting the ball really well and squaring balls up but they have just been right at people. I’ve just stuck with my process knowing that they will start to fall and tonight I feel like that’s what happened. I have been taking quality at-bats this year and not worrying about the results, but about the process which has really helped me because I feel like I have been hitting well, but the results haven’t been coming out the way i would like. But that is the game of baseball. You’re going to square balls up that will be caught and that has been happening to me more than usual these past few weeks. I am going to stick with my process and I am excited about the rest of season and what our team is capable of achieving.”

 
Vick comes out of Kerrville, Texas (great steak!) and hit .329/.473/.553 as a fireshman.

 
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Liberty (6-8) opened up their weekend at the Keith LeClair Classic, in Greenville, South Carolina, with a 5-2 win against Rutgers (5-6). Starter Keenan Linza went all the way with stats of 9.0-IP, 2-R, 7-H, 5-K, 0-BB

 
Linza’s interview was as efficient as his outing:

 
“We played a good game today. Our team defense was awesome and made some really great plays. Being from North Carolina, it was an honor to pitch in the Keith LeClair Classic.”

 
In the past, Linza has made the roster for both Northwest Florida CC and the University of South Carolina before pitching for Liberty.
The weekend series is part of the event named after the late baseball coach of Western Carolina University, who passed away in 2006, from ALS.

 
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The University of Pennsylvania’s Paul Cusick lead his team Friday to a 4-0 win against Georgetown. Custick pitched 8.1 innings, striking out five, and giving up no runs. Paul talked “team” after the game:

 
“I just faced Georgetown earlier in the week and it didn’t end quite the way I wanted it to. Luckily, I got to come back and face them on four days rest. The defense behind me today was awesome which really makes it easy to challenge hitters and throw strikes. Obviously being 3-4 we’d like to see a bigger number in the win column, but I really feel like we are starting to learn a lot about ourselves and are coming together as a team. Hopefully we can build upon the performance we had today, both offensively and defensively, and get a couple more wins before heading home.”

 
Cusak was named a Pacific West Baseball League all-star this past summer where he went 5-1, 2.86 for the Atwater Aviators.
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Most of the draft pundits, including me, keep dissecting Virginia’s Danny Hultzen’s game and complaining he doesn’t have the velo that others have in this upcoming draft. And yet… so far this season he’s pitched 27.1 innings, walking 4… and striking out 50.

 
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#30 James Madison got back to their winning ways Saturday, routing Hofstra 21-8. Not sure who kicked the extra points, but the game included a 12-run 4th inning, most of which were unearned. What was earned was the job JMU junior catcher Jake Lowery did: 3-4, 3-R, 1-HR, 5-K. I asked Jake to fill me in on his exploits; however, the class act chose to talk about his team instead:

 

“I am pretty game happy with the season so far. We are winning games and have gotten off to a nice start as a team. My personal season has been off to a good start I’d say and have been fortunate to be seeing the ball well.”


Lowery went into his junior year as a member of the 2nd team All-CAA team, and a JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete. Sophomore stats include: .285, 53-H, 8-HR, 11-doubles, 3-triples, 41-RBIs, and defensively, he threw out 18 runners attempting to steal.

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One Response to Draft Dope: Dylan Nasiatka , Logan Vick, Keegan Linza, Paul Cusick, Danny Hultzen, Jake Lowery

  1. Tim Lowery says:

    Thanks for the comments about my son Jake lowery. It was kind of you to write about him.
    Thanks,
    Tim Lowery

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