Mack Draft: – Danny Hultzen, Barrett Barnes, Matt Barnes, Scott McGough, Sean Gilmartin

Virginia pitcher Danny Hultzen: There’s not a player in the country more impressive than the two-way star. Hultzen again was fantastic on the mound against Clemson on Friday, striking out 14 and allowing just five hits in 6 2/3 innings as the Cavaliers defeated their ACC foe 5-0. Hultzen is the leader for National Pitcher of the Year honors.


Barrett Barnes – This was also my first extended look at Barnes, another exciting athlete who has obvious potential for bigger and better things. Physically he is built similar to Milton Bradley, somewhat resembling an NFL running back, but he takes long, loping strides in the outfield similar to Devon White. I’m not quite so sure Barnes can consistently play the centerfield position that well, but he has the tools to do so, with a pretty good arm as well.


Matt Barnes was hitting 95 on the gun in the 6th inning of Sunday’s game. He picked up his first win of the season after striking out six over 7.1 innings, He got some major help defensively as Nick Ahmed threw out Chad Bunting on 6-2 groundout after Bunting tripled to start the 2nd inning. Renda was thrown out at home the inning before on a double steal attempt to end the first. –


Scott McGough – The report on his body and arm speed remain the same, as it’s easy to see why he excelled as an infielder and actually began his career at Oregon as a two-way performer. Reports indicate that he still throws in the low-90s with the ability to touch 93-94, and he has also done a nice job tightening up his slider which is thrown with the exact same arm speed and angle as his fastball. His fastball explodes out of his hand given his loose arm, but the pitch can be fairly straight, making it hittable. He was always around the zone, but he did fall off hard to the first base side of the diamond, an indication that he may throw across his body some.


Florida State pitcher Sean Gilmartin: The Seminoles have repeatedly said Gilmartin is back to his freshman form. And it’s now easy to believe. The talented left-handed pitcher struck out 11 and allowed just a run on two hits in seven innings as the ‘Noles defeated Boston College on Friday. Getting a solid start on Friday is setting the tone for the weekend for the Seminoles.



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