Mack Draft: – Tyler Hanover, Logan Verrett, Eddie Gaedel, Gerrit Cole, Alex Meyer

LSU’s Tyler Hanover brought home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning with a bases-loaded walk and closer Matty Ott fired a perfect ninth to preserve the Tigers’ 7-6 victory over Cal State Fullerton. The Tigers (14-1) made several spectacular plays defensively, including a pair of diving catches by center fielder Mikie Mahtook, and took advantage of three Titans’ errors to secure the win. Freshman starter Kevin Gausman went seven solid innings, allowing four earned runs on four hits and two walks.


Baylor’s Logan Verrett: The Bears and Verrett had a night to remember on the way to a 7-0 victory over Louisiana Tech. Verrett had a career performance against the Bulldogs, striking out 14 and allowing just one hit in a complete game shutout. Verrett is another solid prospect that continues to increase his stock.


Most fans of baseball history are aware of the story of Eddie Gaedel, the only little person to appear in a major league game. At 3-foot-7, Gaedel was the subject of a publicity stunt by baseball’s master of publicity stunts, Bill Veeck, who was then the owner of the sad-sack St. Louis Browns. Gaedel pinch-hit in the first inning of the back end of a doubleheader, drew a walk on four pitches — the pitcher, Bob Cain, apparently laughing too hard to throw a strike — and was removed for a pinch-runner. The next day, American League president Will Harridge voided Gaedel’s contract, although by that point Veeck had already achieved his objective.


UCLA JR RHP Gerrit Cole (2011): 4-seam: really easy 92-96 four-seam FB, 97-99 FB peak; 98 on last pitch of opening day complete game; told by scout that he is unique in that he appears to hit 98 “whenever he wants” with FB; between velocity, movement, and improved command, the FB is a legit plus-plus pitch; speaking of command…relatively poor FB command through middle of sophomore season, but the improvement in this area has been nothing short of remarkable; holds velocity exceptionally well; 2-seam: 92-94 two-seam FB with above-average sink; Cutter: not personally 100% sold on the difference between the two-seam and the cutter (remember: I’m no professional, just a guy with a hobby), but enough smart people are labeling the pitch as a cut fastball at 87-91; Slider: plus 81-87 SL (more commonly and more effectively thrown harder at 86-88); was clocked harder still (consistently 87-89) on SL this past summer; Change: personal favorite offering is his excellent sinking extra firm 83-87 (!) CU with plus upside; pitch seems to get better with every outing;

Pitcher of the week: RHP Alex Meyer (UK) •Stats: 1-0, 9 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 13 SO – •Honorable Mention: Mike Nastold (UofL), Justin Amlung (UofL), Matt Koch (UofL), Tanner Perkins (WKU), Brian Edelen (WKU), Jordan Cooper (UK), Taylor Rogers (UK), Corey Littrell (UK), Braden Kapteyn (UK), Jake Donze (Murray St.), Tyler Beers (Murray St.), Bryan Babin (Murray St.), Stephen Hefler (EKU), Chris Hord (EKU), Matt Fyffe (EKU), Matthew Robertson (Morehead St.)


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