College – Up To Date D1 Stats Leaders


1. Joe Winker – Mercer 1.044

2. Jake Lowery – James Madison .968

3. Daniel Aldrich – College of Charleston .896

4. C.J. Cron – Utah .864

5. Rance Roundy – UNLV .861

6. Andrew Rash – Virginia Tech .852

7. Ross Heffley – Western Carolina .833

8. Christian Walker – South Carolina .830

9. Doug Shribman – Bucknell .826

10. Jackie Bradley, Jr. – South Carolina .813

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Mack Draft: – Patrick Johnson, Adam Griffin, Daniel Peterson, Trevor Bauer, Bubba Starling

North Carolina’s Patrick Johnson: Johnson might not light up the radar gun like previous staff aces Matt Harvey and Alex White, but he’s a stud in his own right. The talented right-handed pitcher put together another fantastic start in a 7-1 triumph over Wake Forest. Johnson struck out nine and allowed just three hits in 5 2/3 shutout innings. Johnson improved to 3-0 with the victory.


2nd time seeing Adam Griffin in as many weeks, he was pin straight, max effort with fb at 90-94, doesn’t fool hitters, breaking ball he changes his arm slot and speed of delivery which tips the hitters. He’s going to be a good college pitcher and end up being drafted or “over drafted” by some ML club.


•Troy’s Daniel Peterson hit two homers in a doubleheader sweep over New Orleans as the Trojans upped their record to 12-3 on the year. If they continue at this pace, they will be able to compete with both FIU and FAU for a conference title in late May.


Trevor Bauer is a 20 year old junior right handed pitcher out of North Hollywood, CA. According to his UCLA player profile,his favorite pro player is Tim Lincecum, and when trying to project Bauer Lincecum is the first player that comes to mind. The comparison isn’t perfect, of course. Bauer (listed at 6’2′, 185) is bigger than Lincecum, and while at first glance their delivery’s look similar (for a great slo-mo video of Bauer in last year’s Houston Classic click here) closer looks reveal some differences. Most prominently, Bauer doesn’t recreate Lincecum’s now-famous “dangle,” where his pitching arm hangs loose straight down towards the ground. In addition, Bauer’s stride isn’t nearly as long as Lincecum’s. The thing that gives me pause the most about Bauer’s delivery, however, is his seeming inability to repeat it. As I watched, his landing foot seemed to land in a different place every time, and was dramatically different between the stretch and the windup. On the plus side, Bauer is famous for his incredible work ethic and work-out routine, and his delivery avoids the dreaded “inverted W” that has been fingered as the culprit to many arm injuries. 


If (Bubba) Starling realizes his potential, he’ll be a five-tool center fielder. He has lots of strength and leverage in his 6-foot-5, 180-pound frame, not to mention above-average speed. Arm strength? He throws 93 mph off the mound, though his future is definitely as a position player. He’s also one of the nation’s top college quarterback recruits and has accepted a football scholarship from Nebraska, though he’s expected to give up the gridiron when he’s an early first-round pick in June.


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.)

Mack Draft: – Harold Martinez, Michael Palazzone, Tyler Maloof, Nick Travieso, Trevor Bauer, Drew Gagnon


Harold Martinez – Martinez of course has been a potential first-round pick for this year’s draft since he was thought to be a potential first-round pick coming out of high school three years ago. As noted above, he didn’t do much in this game, if anyone can be taken in the first round for their body type alone, it would be Martinez. Built long and lean with long, strong limbs and sloped shoulders, he looks like a big leaguer. He has a big swing at the plate and great extension, and when he connects, the ball can go a long, long way. That didn’t happen in this game, and overall he’s off to a slow start (he was dropped to the seventh spot in the lineup), but should he heat up he should continue a long line of notable Hurricanes sluggers.


Recap: Georgia ran its winning streak to four in a row with a 5-3 victory over Southern California Saturday at Dedeaux Field. The Bulldogs got another stellar pitching performance from junior Michael Palazzone and junior Tyler Maloof picked up his sixth save. The Bulldogs’ four wins this week have all come on the road, beating Mercer in Macon, Alabama in Lawrenceville at Coolray Field and now UCLA and USC in Los Angeles.


. But probably the biggest impact transfer would probably have to be RHP/1B Nick Travieso. Travieso’s addition to an already very good Archbishop McCarthy (FL) roster makes them a legitimate contender in 4A. The Mavericks are off to a 9-1 start and have been one of the most prolific offenses in the country thus far, racking up 110 runs in their first 10 games. They probably would be winning games without Travieso at this point, but come playoff time his presence in the lineup and arm will likely make the difference against a fellow powerhouse.


UCLA right-hander Trevor Bauer is a probable first-rounder this year and pitched at Jackie Robinson Stadium on Saturday against St. Mary’s, one week after throwing 129 pitches on a cold day at Nebraska. (Yes, that’s an irresponsibly high pitch count for a 21-year-old, and no, no one will bother to question the coach who left Bauer out there to do it.)


Long Beach State’s Drew Gagnon: The Dirtbags continue to get excellent starts from the talented right-handed pitcher. Gagnon again was fantastic against Rice, striking out six and allowing just a run on six hits in eight innings as the Dirtbags upset the Owls with a 2-1 victory. It was a fantastic win for the Dirtbags.


Mack Draft: – Kyle McKenzie, Alex Meyer, Anthony DeSlafani, Mark Pope, Johnathan Taylor

Recap: Kyle McKenzie allowed a run in the first inning of his third start of the season and that was all of the two offenses would produce as Wichita State evened the series with a 1-0 victory over the Green Wave on Saturday afternoon. Briggs Barrios posted two of Tulane’s three hits on the day, while Alex Facundus threw two shutouts innings out of the bullpen for the Olive and Blue


Kentucky’s Alex Meyer: After putting together a solid performance last weekend at the Houston College Classic, it was interesting to see if Meyer could put together another solid outing against Niagara. The right-handed pitcher did just that in a 4-0 victory. Meyer struck out 13 and allowed just five hits in a complete game shutout. The Wildcats could be in business if Meyer carries some consistency over to SEC play.


Anthony DeSclafani – I caught DeSclafani a couple of weeks ago to open the season when he came on in relief for Brian Johnson. I noted then that his curveball and slider needed more break and overall consistency, and while he didn’t throw many breaking balls in this contest, both pitches looked significantly more sharp. He buried one slider in the dirt to strikeout Zeke DeVoss in the ninth inning, and snapped off a pretty sharp, although not with a huge break, curveball a few pitches earlier. He was once again mainly fastballs, pumping it up in the 92-94 range. He was clearly more fired up in the ninth inning with a 1-0 lead, and prior to striking out the last two batters of the ballgame he induced four straight groundouts. There is talk of him returning to the rotation at some point this spring, even if it is in a mid-week role, but I really like what I have seen in two short relief appearances.


Georgia Tech’s Mark Pope: The Yellow Jackets’ two-headed monster of Pope and Jed Bradley continues to impress. Pope, the talented junior right-handed pitcher, had another great outing on Friday, striking out six and allowing just four hits in a complete game shutout. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Terrapins 1-0 in a hard-fought contest.


Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor underwent neck surgery Monday to stabilize his spine, a day after he was injured while colliding with a teammate during a game. Taylor is scheduled to be transferred from St. Mary’s Hospital to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta for rehabilitation later in the week.He was hurt in a head-to-head collision with Zach Cone while both players chased a line drive in the third inning of Sunday’s game against Florida State.


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.


Mack Draft: – Kelby Tomlinson, George Springer, Tyler Anderson, Danny Hultzen, Andrew Chafin

Kelby Tomlinson – This was my first look at Tomlinson, a transfer from Seward County Community College. The first thing you notice is his athleticism, as he is really put together well with good size and some strength. I had only been aware of him after being named the third best prospect in the Jayhawk League where he was hailed for his combination of speed and defense. He didn’t have an opportunity to show off his speed, but he made a few nice looking plays at short, showing good instincts and overall feel for the game.


George Springer came into the game struggling a bit, only hitting .138, but broke the game open in the 8th with a triple to right center. Just before the at-bat during a pitching change, he was talking to a few players taking notes next to the dugout and told them he was swinging first pitch. He called his shot and crushed it, legging out the triple. He’s back up to hitting .257. –


Tyler Anderson – Aside from watching some third-party footage of Anderson, this was my first chance to see him pitch. I really had a different picture painted of his style and abilities, which is why it is always important to me to try and watch any player perform to get a sense of what they’re all about, and more importantly, what they could become at the next level.


Danny Hultzen continues to dominate on Friday nights for the Virginia Cavaliers as he lasted 6.2 innings, giving up just five hits and three walks while striking out 14, Interesting enough, he struck out at least two batters in six out of the seven innings pitched. The Cavaliers were able to take the opening game of the series behind his strong performance by a scoreline of 5-0.


Kent State pitcher Andrew Chafin: The Golden Flashes received yet another outstanding performance from the left-handed hurler. Chafin struck out six batters and allowed just four runs in seven shutout innings in a 2-0 victory over Coastal Carolina. Chafin is increasing his draft stock with every dominant performance.