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Saturday Night Review – 2010 College Baseball Week Three

I’m finally at the point where I’m comfortable repeating the comp that I heard on SO OF Trey Watkins (LSU) not too long ago. Somebody told me in a position to know told me he thought Trey Watkins was the college version of Tyson Gillies. Interesting comparison, right? His Saturday line: 1-1, 3 BB, 2 R

SO RHP Joey Bourgeois (LSU) has looked excellent in the early going, giving LSU a real boost from the second starter spot: 7 IP 1 H 0 ER 2 BB 3 K

The early season success of JR LHP Matt Bywater (Pepperdine) continues. His fastball doesn’t blow you away with heat (high-80s on a good day), but it’s almost a plus pitch based wicked movement alone. His Saturday line: 6.1 IP 7 H 1 ER 4 BB 7 K

Every player in Virginia’s starting nine reached base safely on Saturday. Phil Gosselin, Dan Grovatt, Tyler Cannon, Steven Proscia, John Barr, and Kenny Swab all led the way for the Cavaliers, each reaching base at least 3 times against Dartmouth.

JR RHP Robert Morey (Virginia) has the stuff to start professionally, but hasn’t put up the strikeout numbers indicative of his better than average stuff so far this season: 6 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 3 K

Florida State JR CF Tyler Holt (3-5, 3B, 2B, 3 RBI) and SR SS Stephen Cardullo (3-3, 2 BB, R) both contributed to yet another beatdown of Georgia.

JR LHP John Gast (Florida State) continues his climb into the top five rounds: 7 IP 7 H 1 ER 3 BB 2 K

Arizona State SO SS Drew Maggi (4-4, 3B, 2 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI, 2 R) and SO 2B Zach MacPhee (2-2, 3B, RBI, R) keep on putting up huge numbers up the middle for the Sun Devils. MacPhee’s triple was his 7th of the season.

Florida had a big day with the bats on Saturday. The Gator offense was paced by SO 1B Preston Tucker (2-3, 2 2B, 2 BB, R), JR 3B Bryson Smith (2-4, HR, SB, 3 RBI, R), and, a player very quickly growing on me, FR SS Nolan Fontana (3-4, 3B, R).

FR CF Zeke DeVoss (Miami), a very raw talent with the bat but already a plus runner and defender, has begun to tap into his potential already: 3-4, 2B, BB, SB, R

Houston SO RHP Michael Goodnight (7 IP 2 H 0 ER 4 BB 9 K) outdueled Texas ace JR RHP Brandon Workman (8 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 BB 7 K), although Workman’s stuff and command were both reportedly very impressive. As for the game’s winning pitcher, well, it’s been mentioned before, but it really bears repeating: Goodnight would absolutely be the best name ever for a closer. That is, until Willie Wewin finally breaks out and reaches the bigs, of course.

JR RHP Brandon Cumpton (Georgia Tech) with another shaky start: 5 IP 7 H 4 ER 2 BB 2 K

FR RHP Luke Bard (Georgia Tech) struck out the side in his one inning of work and is now up to 8 strikeouts in his 6 shutout innings of relief so far.

JR 1B/RF Jaren Matthews (Rutgers): 2-3, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R

SO 3B/C Matt Skole (Georgia Tech): 3-4, 2 BB, 2 R

Missouri JR RHP Nick Tepesch (6.1 IP 6 H 2 ER 2 BB 5 K) matched up pretty evenly against Texas Christian FR LHP Matt Purke (5.1 IP 5 H 1 ER 2 BB 7 K) in their head-to-head battle.

SO RHP Kaleb Merck (Texas Christian) came on in relief of Purke and looked excellent: 2.2 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 3 K. Merck is a short righthander with a big fastball, but questions about his pro future abound. I’m the last to dismiss a pitcher as unable to start because of stature alone, but Merck’s fastball jumped almost 4 MPH once moved to the bullpen. It would be a shame to “waste” his quality three-pitch mix (also including a 55 curve and 50 changeup) by forcing him into relief full-time, but the difference between a fastball peaking at 92 as a starter versus a fastball peaking up at 96-97 as a reliever is too much to ignore.

SR C Bryan Holaday (Texas Christian) should get drafted based on his strong defensive chops alone, but performances like this with the bat will help his cause: 2-3, 2B, 2 BB, R

I’ve been slow to buy into SO CF Jackie Bradley (South Carolina), but I’m warming up to him as he warms up this spring: 3-4, HR, BB, 4 RBI, 2 R

South Carolina JR RHP Sam Dyson (5.2 IP 5 H 4 ER 2 BB 7 K) got the best of Clemson SO LHP Will Lamb (5.1 IP 3 H 2 ER 4 BB 1 K)

SO 1B/3B Phil Wunderlich (Louisville) may not have a ton of projection left in his bat, but his present power ranks up there with any hitter in the college game: 3-5, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, R

JR LHP Dean Kiekhefer (Louisville) twirled a gem: 7 IP 6 H 2 ER 0 BB 4 K

FR OF Patrick Biondi (Michigan) has all of the tools pro teams look for in an up-the-middle prospect – outstanding range, strong and accurate throwing arm, and game changing speed. He can also handle the bat a little bit: 4-4, 3B, BB, 2 RBI, R

JR RHP Matt Miller (Michigan) has long been a favorite due to his heavy low-90s fastball, solid low-80s slider, and projectable 6-6, 215 pound frame. Unfortunately, North Carolina got the best of him, chasing him after 3 innings and 95 pitches: 3 IP 10 H 4 ER 2 BB 4 K

JR RHP Patrick Johnson (North Carolina) has been on the radar since stepping on campus thanks to his low-90s fastball and solid slider: 6 IP 6 H 1 ER 4 BB 2 K

JR LHP Cody Wheeler (Coastal Carolina) reminds me a little bit of a mirror image of the player listed above: 6.1 IP 7 H 3 ER 3 BB 4 K

I’m convinced that SR RHP Eric Pettis (UC Irvine) has a bionic arm: 8 IP 7 H 1 ER 1 BB 5 K

SO 3B Anthony Rendon (Rice) actually got a few pitches in the strike zone, apparently: 2-3, HR, RBI, R, HBP

Not to be outdone, SO 3B Zack Cox (Arkansas): 3-4, BB, 2 RBI, R

Fellow draft-eligible sophomore infielder Tim Carver (Arkansas) had a nice day out of the 8-hole: 2-4, HR, 4 RBI, 2 R

I’d love to hear an updated report on the defense of JR 2B Brian Guinn (California): 2-3, 2 BB

SO RHP Dixon Anderson (California) with a clunker: 5 IP 8 H 9 ER 3 BB 2 K

SO LHP Drew Smyly (Arkansas) looked very sharp on Saturday. The draft-eligible sophomore used a good low-90s sinker to put up the following line: 5 IP 2 H 0 ER 5 BB 7 K

JR RHP Bobby Doran (Texas Tech) is another pitcher with the three-pitch mix good enough to start, but a fastball better equipped for relief work. If he can add another tick or two to his mid-90s fastball, he could be a potential relief ace professionally. For now he’s a starter and doing things like this: 7 IP 7 H 2 ER 0 BB 5 K

SO LHP Bryce Bandilla (Arizona) was steady: 5 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 4 K

SO RHP Noe Ramirez (Cal State Fullerton) doesn’t have an exciting fastball (only tops out at 90 MPH, and even then it straightens out big time), but his great command of the pitch makes it play up. He also has a low-80s changeup, and an increasingly effective mid-70s curveball, although his command of each pitch needs work. His Saturday line was a beauty: 9 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 9 K

JR CF Gary Brown (Cal State Fullerton) doesn’t stop: 3-5, 3B, 2 SB, RBI, R

JR LHP Tanner Robles (Oregon State) may not have the upside of injured teammate Josh Osich, but is plenty talented all the same: 7.2 IP 9 H 0 ER 0 BB 9 K

JR SS Jedd Gyorko (West Virginia) could probably get up out of bed in the middle of the night and put up the following: 3-5, RBI, 2 K

Rubber-armed JR RHP Zach Woods (East Carolina) bailed out East Carolina with perhaps the best performance of a non-prospect on Saturday: 7 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 11 K

SO 3B Dean Espy (UCLA): 3-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, K

JR LHP Rob Rasmussen (2010) isn’t part of UCLA’s great sophomore class of arms, but he is a potential top three round 2010 talent. The short lefty is the opposite of so many college lefthanders, as Rasmussen already has the fastball, but needs a legitimate secondary offering to emerge before he can reach his full upside. His Saturday line: 5 IP 3 H 0 ER 4 BB 10 K

SR RHP Aaron Barrett (Mississippi) has taken firm hold of the Saturday starter’s spot behind Drew Pomeranz: 6.1 IP 6 H 1 ER 4 BB 7 K

SR RHP Preston Claiborne (Tulane) picked up Matt Petiton out of the Tulane pen: 3 IP 2 H 2 ER 0 BB 7 K

JR RHP Bobby Shore (Oklahoma) continues to strike out over a batter an inning: 6.2 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 7 K

SR OF Zach Hurley (Ohio State), arguably the top position player on a team of solid but unspectacular hitting prospects, was but a single short of hitting for the cycle against St. Louis: 3-5, HR, 3B, 2B, BB, 4 RBI, 2 R. Funny enough, Hurley got that single in the second game of his doubleheader, also adding another double and a steal.

JR RHP Alex Wimmers (Ohio State) was unimpressive against St. Louis, although it seemed that any prospect performance would pale in comparison to the description of the weather from the box score. The weather was “Blue skies, breezy & beautiful.” That just sounds lovely, doesn’t it? His line: 5 IP 12 H 5 ER 3 BB 8 K

SO RHP/1B Braden Kapteyn (Kentucky) had a nice game on Saturday, but his biggest accomplishment was managing to only getting hit once. Monmouth used five pitchers in their loss against Kentucky. All five hit batters. Combined they hit 10 Wildcats. Ouch. Anyway, Kapteyn’s final line: 4-5, HBP, 3 RBI, 2 R

FR LHP Taylor Rogers (Kentucky), potential first round pick in 2012, got hit hard: 2.1 IP 10 H 10 ER 1 BB 1 K

JR RHP Matt Little (Kentucky) had the best relief outing of the weekend: 4 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB 9 K

JR RHP Jimmy Nelson (Alabama) continues his strong early season run: 6 IP 6 H 0 ER 0 BB 11 K

The Amazing Cody Brothers strike again! Doubleheader stats for both Tennessee JR 1B Cody Hawn (4-8, HR, 2 BB, 5 RBI, R, K) and his teammate FR 1B Cody Stubbs (5-7, 3 BB, RBI, 3 R)

JR SS Nick DelGuidice (Florida Atlantic) is a strong defender with a weak. Sounds like a second baseman professionally. He had a Saturday to remember: 4-4, 2 HR, 2B, 9 RBI, 3 R

JR RHP Jesse Hahn (Virginia Tech) justifies his early season draft ranking: 7 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K

SR 2B Dallas Poulk (North Carolina State) hasn’t stopped hitting from day one: 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R

JR C/1B Curt Casali (Vanderbilt): 4-5, HR, SB, 2 RBI, 3 R

SO 3B Jason Esposito (Vanderbilt): 3-5, 2B, 3 SB, RBI, 2 R

JR RHP Taylor Hill (Vanderbilt): 7.1 IP 7 H 2 ER 0 BB 6 K

SR RHP Stephen McCray (Tennessee): 8 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 7 K

SO LHP Eric Pfisterer (Duke): 6 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 10 K

JR OF Steven Brooks (Wake Forest): 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, K

FR LHP Tim Cooney (Wake Forest): 7.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 BB 4 K

SO RHP Ben Tomchick (Old Dominion): 7.1 IP 8 H 2 ER 2 BB 9 K

FR LHP Joe Mantiply (Virginia Tech): 6 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 8 K

JR RHP Jake Buchanan (North Carolina State): 6 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 7 K

SO RHP Jordan Cooper (Wichita State): 8 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K

SO LHP Steven Gruver (Tennessee): 7 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 6 K

JR RHP Zach Kenyon (Iowa): 4.2 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 3 K

FR LHP Andrew Heaney (Oklahoma State): 2 IP 2 H 6 ER 3 BB 0 K

FR Dane Phillips, SO Mark Ginther, JR OF Luis Uribe, and JR 2B Davis Duren all had at least 3 hits for Oklahoma State.

SO RHP Francis Brooke (Northwestern) keeps up his crazy successful start to 2010 (0.44 ERA through 20.2 IP): 8 IP 3 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K

SO RHP Logan Verrett (Baylor): 7 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 11 K (117 pitches)

SO SS Adam Smith (Texas A&M): 0-5, K and now hitting .174/.208/.261 on the young season

SO 2B Kolten Wong (Hawaii): 3-3, 2B, 2 BB, RBI, 2 R

JR LHP Sam Spangler (Hawaii): 7 IP 7 H 1 ER 3 BB 3 K

SO RHP Scott McGough (Oregon): 6 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 7 K

JR OF Bryce Brentz (Middle Tennessee State) 3-5, RBI, 2 R, K vs JR OF Todd Cunningham (Jacksonville State): 2-4, 2 RBI, R

The third entrant in the small school big name outfielder contest is JR OF Michael Choice (UT Arlington): 3-4, HR, 2B, BB, 2 RBI, R, K

SO LHP Michael Kickham (Missouri State): 7 IP 5 H 0 ER 2 BB 10 K

JR 1B Hunter Morris (Auburn): 4-5, HR, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, K

JR OF Brian Fletcher (Auburn): 2-3, HR, 2 HBP, SB, RBI, R

SO RHP Andrew Gagnon (Long Beach State): 9 IP 3 H 0 ER 2 BB 4 K

SO OF George Springer (Connecticut): 2-5, HR, 2B, 5 RBI, R, 2 K

JR RHP Cole Johnson (Notre Dame): 3.2 IP 10 H 8 ER 1 BB 1 K against Harvard

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8 Comments

  1. Simon Hernandez says:

    hey rob, I am on this site alot and you do a great job with it. I would like to know your e-mail so i can send you so personal info on a potential 2010 draft prospect which was a former player of mine. Thank you

    • Rob Ozga says:

      My pleasure – you can contact me personally at robozga @ gmail dot com (type it all in like a normal email address, I just broke it apart to avoid getting spam). Looking forward to hearing from you.

  2. Jeff says:

    I was under the impression that Rob Rasmussen’s best pitch was his curve ball?

    • Rob Ozga says:

      Jeff, you’re totally right. Not sure what I was thinking there. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. My notes on Rasmussen look like this:

      JR LHP Rob Rasmussen (2010): 89-92 FB; touched 94 on Cape; low-70s CB that currently flashes plus, but is consistently above-average; 82-85 SL has potential as average offering; 81-82 CU needs work; easy mechanics, but can get out of whack at times; industry approved JP Howell comp; 5-11, 170 pounds

  3. […] who is in charge of describing the weather on their box scores. Remember last week when it was “Blue skies, breezy & beautiful.” This week the weather on Friday was listed as “48 degrees. Eeerily quiet.” Love it. […]

  4. Hasn’t everybody gotten bored of this crap by now?

    • Rob Ozga says:

      I debated on whether or not a comment like this came from a real person or some spambot, but ultimately decided it was too funny to not publish for all to see.

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