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Sunday Night Review – 2010 College Baseball Week Three

Sorry for the late start on the Sunday update and the general lack of quality content around here. Chalk it up to real life getting in the way. Anyway, I like doing these Sunday updates more than the other weekend days. There are more opportunities for lesser names and underclassmen to show something. The current plan for the end of the week is to begin 2010 draft rankings (by position) and to respond to a couple of emails/comments that I’ve neglected for too long. Good? Good. Here’s just a quick sampling of what caught my eye on Sunday…

JR OF Leon Landry (LSU) is now hitting .415/.490/.634 through Sunday. Nice line, right? Get this – Landry actually has the worst numbers of any of LSU’s starting outfielders. Crazy. His Sunday numbers: 3-4, 2 3B, 2 RBI, R

Another team loaded with hitters up and down the lineup is Virginia. On Sunday, the Cavaliers got 4 hits from Phil Gosselin, 3 apiece from Kenny Swab and Stephen Bruno, and Keith Werman reached based all 3 times he came to the plate. In the second game of their doubleheader, Tyler Cannon led the way with 3 hits, but he was one of 7 players in the lineup with multiple hits. Virginia had 34 hits in all on Sunday. Crazy.

JR RHP Max Friedman (Wright State) did all he could to slow down Virginia’s offensive attack. His good sinking fastball (88-93 MPH) and good 1-2 secondary punch (good changeup, average slider) kept the Cavaliers’ bats at bay: 5 IP 8 H 3 ER 2 BB 1 K

SR LHP Neal Davis (Virginia) and JR RHP Kevin Arico (Virginia) combined for 3.2 innings pitched with 0 walks, 3 hits allowed, and 5 strikeouts. The pair hasn’t been scored upon in 11 combined relief innings so far.

SO RHP Michael Palazzone (Georgia) had a rough Sunday. The draft-eligible sophomore was pounded by Florida State: 1.1 IP 5 H 6 ER 2 BB 1 K. Teammate SO RHP Cecil Tanner, channeling a young Bobby Jenks (Georgia) had an even rougher go of it: 1 IP 1 H 6 ER 6 BB 0 K 3 WP

In that same game, 5 Seminoles had multiple bases on balls, including leadoff man JR OF Tyler Holt: 1-3, 2 BB, RBI, 2 R

SO RHP/C Jordan Swagerty (Arizona State), generally regarded a better pitching prospect than a hitter, had a nice day at the dish: 3-3, 2 2B, 2 R

SO RHP Mitchell Lambson (Arizona State) used his plus change effectively to put up the following numbers out of the bullpen: 2 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 4 K

In a great year for freshmen shortstop, FR SS Nolan Fontana (Florida) has been the best: 3-4, 2 SB, 2 R. He’s now hitting .400/.486/.567 through 9 games, easily Florida’s best hitter in the early going.

JR C Yasmani Grandal (Miami), arguably the top college catching prospect, had a Sunday to forget: 0-4, K; 4 successful Florida base runners

Two players coming off of arm injuries squared off in Florida: Draft-eligible SO RHP Tommy Toledo of Florida (5 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K) got the best of Miami’s JR LHP Eric Erickson (3.1 IP 5 H 2 ER 0 BB 1 K)

3 hits each for JR 1B/OF Tant Shepherd and JR OF/1B Kevin Keyes of Texas

JR RHP Cole Green (2010) and JR RHP Chance Ruffin (Texas) both impressed. Green did this: 7.1 IP 8 H 5 ER 1 BB 4 K, while Ruffin did this in relief: 1.2 IP 2 H 0 ER 1 BB 3 K

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

SO LHP Jed Bradley (Georgia Tech) is emerging as an early round prospect for 2011, helping Georgia Tech build up a big league over St. John’s: 6 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 9 K

…and then JR RHP Kevin Jacob (Georgia Tech) tried his best to blow it: 1 IP 2 H 4 ER 2 BB 1 K 2 WP

Big contributions from both young and old for TCU. FR OF Josh Elander (Texas Christian) went 2-3, 2B, SB, RBI, R, while SR C Bryan Holaday (Texas Christian) went 2-4, BB, RBI

JR SS Rick Hague (Rice) continues to struggle: 0-3, K; made his 6th error

JR RHRP Boogie Anagnostou (Rice) is a short righthander with a big (94 MPH peak) fastball: 7 IP 8 H 1 ER 2 BB 4 K

SO RHP Kyle Winkler (Texas Christian) has first round quality stuff, but just can’t seem to put it all together with some semblance of consistency: 6.1 IP 4 H 3 ER 5 BB 4

A pair of 2011 draft-eligible Louisville Cardinals looked sharp. SO RHP Derek Self (5 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 BB 5 K) got it started and SO RHP Tony Zych locked it down (3 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 2 K).

JR RHP Colin Bates (North Carolina): 5.2 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 BB 4 K

SR SS Ryan Graepel (North Carolina): 3-4, 2 RBI, R; .385/.447/.538 through 11 games

JR OF Chris Epps (Clemson): 3-6, BB, 5 RBI, 2 R, 3 K

JR RHP Brett Eibner (Arkansas): 5 IP 4 H 1 ER 0 BB 5 K

JR OF Gary Brown (Cal State Fullerton) went 3-4, 2B, SB and is now hitting .478/.489/.826 (7/7 SB); JR SS Christian Colon went 1-4 and is currently at .225/.326/.325 (3/3 SB). Hmm.

FR RHP Dylan Floro (Cal State Fullerton) got lit up: 1 IP 5 H 4 ER 0 BB 0 K

JR RHP Seth Maness (East Carolina): 7.1 IP 8 H 2 ER 0 BB 7 K

SO 1B Cameron Seitzer (Oklahoma): 3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R and is now hitting .419/.514/.935 through 11 games

SR OF Zach Hurley (Ohio State) did classmate SR 1B Ryan Dew (a mere 4-6, 4 RBI, 3 R) one better on Sunday by going 5-5, 2 2B, BB, 2 RBI, 3 R, although he was caught stealing twice

SO RHP Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt): 4.2 IP 5 H 3 ER 1 BB 5 K

FR SS Kenny Diekroeger (Stanford): 2-4, 2 R

FR OF Jake Stewart (Stanford): 0-6

SO LHP Brett Mooneyham (Stanford): 0.1 IP 4 H 6 ER 3 BB 1 K

SO SS Joe Panik (St. John’s): 4-4, 3B, 2 2B, 3 R

FR RHP Kyle Hansen (St. John’s): 2.1 IP 2 H 2 ER 2 BB 3 K

FR SS/RHP Marcus Stroman (Duke): 4 IP 1 H 1 ER 3 BB 7 K

JR SS Nick DelGuidice (Florida Atlantic): 3-3, 2B, 4 RBI, R

JR RHP Kevin Moran (Boston College): 4.1 IP 6 H 7 ER 4 BB 1 K

SO RHP Mathew Price (Virginia Tech): 6 IP 6 H 0 ER 1 BB 5 K

SR 2B Dallas Poulk (NC State): 3-4, 2 2B, 2 BB, SB, 3 RBI, 5 R; now hitting .512/.596/.902

SR OF Drew Poulk (NC State): 3-6, 2 2B, 4 RBI, R; now hitting only .370/.444/.543

FR RHP Felix Roque (NC State): 2.2 IP 3 H 2 ER 3 BB 2 K

JR RHP Rob Catapano (Tennessee): 5 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 BB 3 K

SO RHP John Stilson (Texas A&M): 3.2 IP 1 H 0 ER 1 BB 4 K

SR 2B Raynor Campbell (Baylor): 3-4, 2 HR, BB, SB, 5 RBI, 2 R

FR LHP Josh Turley (Baylor): 4 IP 5 H 1 ER 0 BB 5 K

JR LHP Thomas Keeling (Oklahoma State): 6.1 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 11 K

SO LHP John Lally (Loyola Marymount): 7 IP 2 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K

JR OF Mike Kvasnicka (Minnesota): 0-1, 3 BB, 2 R

SO SS AJ Pettersen (Minnesota): 4-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R

SR 1B Connor Powers (Mississippi State): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 BB, 7 RBI, 2 R, K

In his Sunday doubleheader, JR OF Brandon Eckerle (Michigan State) went: 5-8, 3B, 2B, 2 SB, RBI, HBP, 3 R

JR SS Carter Jurica (Kansas State): 4-4, HR, 2B, SB, 4 RBI, R

SO SS/RHP Nick Ahmed (Connecticut): 2-4, HR, BB, 3 RBI, 3 R

SO RHP Andrew Kittredge (Washington): 7.2 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 10 K

FR RHP Seth Cutler-Voltz (Virginia Commonwealth): 8 IP 3 H 1 ER 0 BB 10 K

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

JR OF Brian Fletcher (Auburn): 2-4, K

JR LHP Cole Nelson (Auburn): 7 IP 7 H 2 ER 0 BB 8 K

JR OF Gauntlett Eldemire (Ohio): 2-4, HR, 2B, BB, 3 RBI, 2 R

In a doubleheader, SO 1B Ricky Oropesa (Southern California): 4-8, HR, 2 2B, BB, SB, 3 RBI, 4 R, K

JR OF Bryce Brentz (Middle Tennessee State): 2-5, R

JR OF Todd Cunningham (Jacksonville State): 2-4, 2 2B, R



  1. Frank Jones says:

    Alex Jones of Jacksonville State of your earlier Plus, Pus tool article has a 1.74 era so far this year with 10.1 innings pitched in 5 appearances. He had 2 saves this weekend against Middle Tennesse State. First save was 2.1 IP 1 Hit, 2 BB, 3 SO 0 ER. The second save of the weekend was 1 IP, 0 hits, 1 SO, 2 GO in 8 pitches for the inning.

    • Rob Ozga says:

      Nice! With so many amateur names swirling in my head, sometimes guys get lost in the shuffle – thanks for keeping me up to speed on Alex. Looks like everything is working for him except for his control.

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