Three posts in one day? A new record, I think. The first two can be found by scrolling below, or, if you are lazy like me, by clicking on the links humbly provided right below. See, you barely have to even scan your eyeballs downward. Can’t beat that kind of convenience. After you finish reading those, check out some random thoughts from college baseball’s Sunday schedule. You know, if you want. No pressure. I mean, it’s a free country, right? Unless you are reading this overseas somewhere, like maybe North Korea. Though I suppose if you are in North Korea then it’s extremely doubtful you can even access this site what with all the restrictions and censorship and whatnot. If you are somehow reading this in a totalitarian state, then you really have no choice but to continue reading. Your government wants you, nay!, needs you to keep going. So keep going!
Sunday Night Notes (2/28/10)
In a year where we’ve already seen some big two-sport college stars (Gerhart, Jones, Cooper) drop America’s game for something called the “NFL,” JR OF Kyle Parker (Clemson) has emerged as a potential early round pick by pounding the ball all over the field through the early part of the schedule. His two home run day Sunday is encouraging.
Anthony Rendon (Rice) walked twice on Sunday, bringing his season total up to a whopping 13 bases on balls total. He’s only getting on base a disappointing 61% (give or take) of the time so far. Bust.
JR RHP Cole Green (Texas) put up a beauty of a line in relief of Austin Dicharry: 5 IP 0 H 0 ER 0 BB 6 K
The Poulk brothers — Drew and Dallas — of North Carolina State were at it again with 3 hits each against Coastal Carolina.
OF Rico Noel (Coastal Carolina) is making the best of his best tool so far. Two more steals brings his season total up to 10.
JR RHP Greg Peavey (Oregon State) went the distance in a complete game shutout of Tennessee. His final line: 9 IP 3 H 0 ER 1 BB 9 K
Random Sunday Observation #1: A disproportionate number of pitchers came in out of relief and shut down a previously hard hitting opposing lineup for multiple innings at a stretch. Take the example of Cole Green above as a tiny piece of evidence of this. Roster restrictions make having a quality arm capable of soaking up crucial mid- to late-game innings more of a necessity than a luxury at big time programs these days. It’s one of the cooler quirks of college baseball, I think. It’s also a pretty darn efficient utilization of resources if you ask me.
San Diego’s M&M&M starting outfield hit 1-2-3 in the lineup on Sunday, reaching base 9 out of 14 plate appearances. Not a bad day at the office for Kevin Muno, Matt Moynihan, and James Meador.
San Diego’s JR RHP Kyle Blair was what you might call “effectively wild” on Sunday: 6.1 IP 3 H 3 ER 6 BB 11 K
Virginia Tech’s JR OF Austin Wates keeps on hitting (4-6, 2 3B, 2B, 2 R, 2 K) and JR SS Tim Smalling (3-6, HR, 2B, 6 RBI, R)
Random Sunday Observation #2: Going through the college box scores is a great way of getting a feel for where the cream of the crop is talent-wise. This one is a little out there, but is it possible Connecticut has the best 1-4 in college baseball? Pierre LePage, Nick Ahmed, George Springer, and Mike Olt make up a pretty darn impressive pro prospect quartet.
My love of Ball State JR Kolbrin Vitek continues to grow with every afternoon he hits like this (2-4, HR, BB, SB, RBI, 2 R) and pitches like this (5 IP 5 H 1 ER 1 BB 3 K)
I loved two big, raw collegiate arms going into last year so much I thought they’d both be first rounders in 2009. Those arms belonged to the bodies of Sam Dyson and Mike Nesseth. Dyson has pitched well in the early going and my strong positive feelings remain, but Mike Nesseth, well, what can I really say about Nebraska’s Mike Nesseth? It seems like he goes backwards every time he takes the hill. His Sunday line wasn’t a complete meltdown or anything, but if he’s going to be looked at as a reliever only (and I think he has to be at this point), he needs to start dominating out of the pen right quick. His most recent line: 1 IP 2 H 2 ER 0 BB 1 K
Can California SO RHP Dixon Anderson sneak his way into the first round? He’s a little bit like this year’s version of where Sam Dyson/Mike Nesseth were last year, from a development standpoint if nothing else. Performances like this will help his stock: 7 IP 5 H 0 ER 3 BB 7 K (12 GO/1 AO)
SO OFs Trey Watkins (LSU) and Jason Coats (TCU) had 5 hits apiece in their respective doubleheaders
Another SO OF, Johnny Ruettiger, had a nice 2-hit day Sunday, but the speedy outfielder somehow had not one of Arizona State’s 9 stolen bases.
Christian Colon and Gary Brown (Cal State Fullerton) combined to go 5-9 in the first game of their doubleheader and 1-7 in the next
Matt Purke (TCU) got hit around a bit: 2.1 IP 5 H 4 ER 2 BB 2 K
FR OF Brian Goodwin (North Carolina) with a 3-hit day against Maine