What do you do when you don’t have a college team profile or a positional prospect ready to post? You’re about to find out! Who am I kidding, the title of the post is a dead give away. Time for an update on all the college action that’s gone down from Tuesday to Thursday. It’s an easy way to fill space and, really, isn’t that what the internet is all about? At it’s core, it always comes back to filling up space, one way or another.
Of course, combing through box score after box score, compiling information, and then trying to think of the occasional witty remark to break up the string of numbers takes a lot longer than it should. Longer than it would probably take to finish up a college profile or a prospect list. Hmm. Consider this way more than just filler (ignore the tag!), but rather a labor of love. Alright, I need to wrap this up. They say if the intro is too long then people will tune out and click away. They also say that if the intro is too boring, people won’t even bother ever coming back. What if it’s too long and too boring? Let’s hope we never find out…
The highlight of the mid-week games was the marquee pitching matchup between two first round rigthanders. I love it when a big pitching matchup lives up to the hype, don’t you?
Mike Leake (Arizona State): 8 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 10 K 11 GO 2 AO
Kyle Gibson (Missouri): 7 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K 9 GO 2 AO 2 LO
Gibson was very good, but Leake was even better. Both players have strong reputations as groundball pitchers and their numbers have backed it up. Gibson’s ground out, air out, and line out ratios through two starts: 15/5/3. Leake’s is even better: 19/3/1. I believe this is the only free resource on the internet that keeps track of such numbers, by the way. I mean, I’m not one to toot my own horn or anything, but it’s always bothered me that college stats were so poorly organized (trying to navigate some of these college box scores is a nightmare) and so well hidden from the public. College Splits is tremendous, but it’s gotten so good that their stats are darn near impossible to gain access to. Long story short, I’m just trying to do my part. Oh yeah, Gibson and Leake are good. Gibson was 5th on the Big Board and Leake was 11th.
And now for something totally different. Bob Revesz is an interesting lefthanded starter for Louisville (draft-eligible sophomore, iffy fastball, plus slider) who has one of the finer “Personal” facts on a team website I’ve ever seen. Normally when I say interesting, I mean it as an intentionally vague “player with an actual big league future” general comment. While Revesz does fit the profile of an “interesting” prospect — he looks like a good bet to make it in pro ball as a left reliever, at worst — he also fits the profile as, well, an “interesting” character. According to the Louisville team website, Revesz “once drank a cube of Mountain Dew in one night.” Really.
After the jump, all of the most important Tuesday and Wednesday adventures in college prospectdom recapped for your reading pleasure.
Louisiana State has a lineup that can really, really hit. Off the top of my head, I’m not sure I like a single lineup in college baseball more…from a prospect standpoint, naturally. Anyway, the LSU bats were out in full force on Tuesday. Leon Landry, Ryan Schimpf, DJ LeMahieu, and Jared Mitchell all had multi-hit days on Wednesday for the Tigers. A good scouting day would be an LSU-San Diego State game – Strasburg against this lineup would be fun to watch.
Dustin Ackley (North Carolina): 0-3, BB, K and 1-1, RBI, 3 R, 4 BB
Ackley’s Tuesday and Wednesday batting lines are both listed above. Notice the contrast? As always, we’re dealing with ridiculously small sample sizes so comparing one game to another doesn’t really show us anything relevant to a player’s prospect standing. So why do it? I don’t know. It’s fun?
Luke Anders (Texas A&M): 2-5, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R, 2 K
Anders, the Aggie senior first baseman, continues to put up impressive power numbers.
Zach Cone (Georgia): 3-5, 3B, RBI, 2 R, K
The freshman sensation continues to hit right out the shoot for the Bulldogs. The playing time Cone has received in the early going is a great indicator of future success.
Josh Spence (Arizona State): 7 IP 6 H 0 ER 2 BB 13 K 4 GO 4 AO, 122 pitches
Spence is a junkballing junior college transfer (Central Arizona, represent!) who has put up huge numbers in his first two starts for the Sun Devils. His pitch counts have both been absurdly high in the early going, no small matter and well worth monitoring going forward.
Austin Dicharry (Texas): 6 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K 8 GO 5 AO, 62 pitches
Another freshman sensation off to a fabulous start, Dicharry threw a very efficient six innings in his debut with the Longhorns.
Brandon Belt (Texas): 3-3, HR, 2B, RBI, 2 R, 2 BB
Kevin Keyes (Texas): 3-4, HR, 2B, RBI, R, BB, K, SB
Keyes’ legit five-tool ability has been on display early on. He continues to position himself as a potential premium pick come 2010.
Jordan Henry (Mississippi): 1-3, 2 RBI, 4 R, 4 BB
The above line is Henry’s combined stats for two mid-week games. Henry has a lot of tools, so it’s good to see his overall game rounding into shape. Henry with better plate discipline = potential top five draft-eligible college outfielder.
Jared Clark (Cal State Fullerton): 2-2, 2B, RBI, R, BB
A senior sign candidate that reminds me a lot of another player further down the list…
Steven Proscia (Virginia): 2-3, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
Proscia is a well thought of freshman at Virginia who is already getting consistent playing time at the hot corner. Much like Zach Cone from earlier, the mere fact that he is getting consistent at bats at a top baseball school is a strong indication that he is legit.
Matt Presley (Arizona): 3-5, RBI, R, BB, K
Jason Stoffel (Arizona): 2 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 4 K 1 GO 1 AO and 1.1 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 4 K
3.1 IP with 8 K’s in Stoffel’s two saves this week. Out of ten potential outs, 8 have come via the strikeout. After a rocky start to the season, Stoffel has been rolling. Stoffel’s ability to go multiple innings is both a blessing and a curse to his prospect standing. The idea of using him in the role of “relief ace” rather than just a closer in the bigs is very appealing (though unlikely), so it’s great to see him stretched out and capable of getting it done at Arizona. However, the extra innings take a toll. If you are of the belief that a pitcher only has so many bullets in his arm, then it’s hard to see him “wasting” so many at the college level.
Kentrail Davis (Tennessee): 1-3, R, 2 BB
Davis’s plate discipline has been a strong point to his game so far this season. Yes, I noted a player for getting two walks in one game. It’s the little things that make me happy, I guess. Also, I hate writing a name that ends with an “S” when I’m indicating possession. I never know what to do. Four years of college, all for nothing…
Ross Wilson (Alabama): 4-5, 2 2B, RBI, 3 R
Kent Matthes (Alabama): 4-5, HR, 3B, 2B, 5 RBI, 4 R, SB (cycle) and 2-4, HR, 2B, RBI, 2 R, BB, K
Kent Matthes, where have you been all my life? 6-9, 5 extra base hits, 6 RBI, 6 R – not a bad two day stretch. Matthes is an intriguing senior sign type of player who actually has a little bit of upside to his game. No one tool stands out above the rest, but he is relatively solid across the board. Above-average power, good frame, decent baserunner. The one glaring weakness is his total lack of plate discipline, something he needs to improve on to merit top ten round consideration this June, but the tools are better than most college seniors.
Miers Quigley (Alabama): 5 IP 7 H 3 ER 0 BB 8 K 4 GO 2 AO, 80 pitches
Quigley’s stock is already on the rise as one of the strongest lefthanded draft-eligible lefthanders out there. More games like this won’t hurt.
Michael Palazzone (Georgia): 1 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 3 K
Graham Stoneburner (Florida): 1 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 3 K
Identical lines for a couple of similarly talented righthanded hurlers. Stoneburner isn’t quite as good as Palazzone, but he is at least draft-eligible this year. Palazzone’s draft year isn’t until 2011. I can’t decide what last name I like better…
Josh Adams (Florida): 3-4, 3B, RBI, 2 R, BB, K
Riley Cooper (Florida): 2-4, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
The Cooper bandwagon still has space available, but you’d better believe seats are filling up fast. Hop on!
Kyle Blair (San Diego): 2.1 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K
A much better outing for Blair than his first start of the season last Saturday. The line above was posted out of the bullpen, by the way. Hmm…
Gavin Brooks (UCLA): 1 IP 1 H 5 ER 2 BB 1 K 2 GO 0 AO 4 HBP, 44 pitches (only 18 for strikes)
Ay yi yi. Brooks actually survived the first inning without incident, but totally imploded in the second. His control, never a strong point, has totally vanished. Is that how you spell “ay yi yi”?
Grant Green (USC): 1-3, 2B, K (batting leadoff)
Green didn’t start the year hitting leadoff for the Trojans, right? I’m almost certain he was hitting in the middle of the lineup last weekend (third, I think), but I’m not 100% positive. If he has been shifted to the top spot, I wonder a) how permanent the move is, b) if it’ll jumpstart his game, and c) if moving a player around in a lineup can actually have any discernable impact on a player’s performance.