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2015 MLB Draft Prospects – Conference USA Follow List

Charlotte

JR RHP Brandon Casas (2015)
rSO LHP Sean Geoghegan (2015)
JR RHP Micah Wells (2015)
JR RHP Nate Traugh (2015)
rSO LHP JD Prochaska (2015)
SR 2B/OF Brad Elwood (2015)
SR SS Derek Gallelo (2015)
rSO C Nick Daddio (2015)
rSO 2B/SS Luke Gibbs (2015)
SO RHP/1B Logan Sherer (2016)
SO OF TJ Nichting (2016)
SO INF Zach Jarrett (2016)
SO OF Eric Eason (2016)
SO RHP Brandon Vogler (2016)
FR INF Brett Netzer (2017)

Florida Atlantic

JR OF/2B Brendon Sanger (2015)
SR SS Ricky Santiago (2015)
JR OF Billy Endris (2015)
JR OF Christian Dicks (2015)
JR OF Roman Collins (2015)
rSO 1B Esteban Puerta (2015)
JR RHP Seth McGarry (2015)
SR RHP Cody Mizelle (2015)
SR RHP Drew Jackson (2015)
SR RHP Reily Monkman (2015)
rSR LHP Bo Logan (2015)
JR LHP Brandon Rhodes (2015)
JR RHP Kyle Miller (2015)
JR RHP Robbie Coursel (2015)
SO 2B/SS Stephen Kerr (2016)
SO LHP Sean Labsan (2016)
rFR RHP David McKay (2016)
SO OF Jose Bonilla Traverso (2016)
SO C Kevin Abraham (2016)
SO SS/RHP CJ Chatham (2016)
FR C Ryan Miller (2017)

Florida International

SR SS Julius Gaines (2015)
JR 3B/2B Edwin Rios (2015)
JR OF Brandon Cody (2015)
JR C Zack Soria (2015)
SR OF/1B Brian Portelli (2015)
rSR 3B Josh Anderson (2015)
rSO RHP Gianni Zayas (2015)
JR LHP Charles Cormier (2015)
JR LHP Brandon Diaz (2015)
JR RHP Dillon Maya (2015)
rJR RHP Robby Kalaf (2015)
JR RHP Danny Dopico (2015)
JR RHP Maleko Galusha (2015)
SO C JC Escarra (2016)
SO OF Brandon Gomez (2016)
SO RHP Cody Crouse (2016)
SO RHP Williams Durruthy (2016)
SO RHP Chris Mourelle (2016)
FR RHP Garrett Cave (2017)
FR 3B/1B Mitchell Robinson (2017)
FR OF Jack Schaaf (2017)
FR RHP Andres Nunez (2017)
FR OF/1B Spencer Levine (2017)
FR RHP David Lee (2017)

Louisiana Tech

rJR SS/2B Taylor Love (2015)
SR 3B/1B Bre’shon Kimbell (2015)
rSR OF Colby Johnson (2015)
JR OF Bryce Stark (2015)
SR OF/LHP Steven Blanchard (2015)
SR RHP Phil Maton (2015)
SR RHP Austin Greer (2015)
JR LHP Phillip Diehl (2015)
rSR RHP Laetten Galbraith (2015)
SO LHP Mark Baughman (2016)
SO 2B Chandler Hall (2016)
SO LHP Braden Bristo (2016)
FR C Brent Diaz (2017)

Marshall

JR RHP Chase Boster (2015)
rSR RHP Kolin Stanley (2015)
JR RHP Michael Taylor (2015)
SR RHP Matt Margaritonda (2015)
rJR RHP Lance Elder (2015)
rSR RHP Josh King (2015)
SR RHP Clint Wilson (2015)
JR RHP JD Hammer (2015)
JR LHP Alex Thackston (2015)
JR LHP Caleb Ross (2015)
JR LHP Sam Hunter (2015)
SR 2B/SS Andrew Dundon (2015)
rSR 1B TJ Diffenderfer (2015)
JR 1B Ryne Dean (2015)
SR SS Sergio Leon (2015)
SO OF Corey Bird (2016)
SO OF Cory Garrastazu (2016)
FR INF Tyler Ratliff (2017)

Middle Tennessee State

JR OF Ronnie Jebavy (2015)
SR C/RHP Michael Adkins (2015)
SR OF Jared Allen (2015)
SR 3B/OF Jake Ingold (2015)
SR SS Dustin Delgado (2015)
SR SS Austin Bryant (2015)
JR RHP/OF Heath Slatton (2015)
SR LHP Johnathan Frebis (2015)
rSR RHP Keaton Baker (2015)
rJR LHP Brandon Zajac (2015)
rSR LHP Nathan Foriest (2015)
SR RHP Kooper Kessler (2015)
JR RHP Garrett Ring (2015)
JR RHP Nate Hoffman (2015)
SO RHP/OF Caleb Smith (2016)
FR RHP Blake Stansbury (2017)

Old Dominion

SR OF/1B Taylor Ostrich (2015)
rJR 3B/SS Nick Lustrino (2015)
rJR SS Jason McMurray (2015)
SR OF Josh Eldridge (2015)
SR C Mike Perez (2015)
JR 3B PJ Higgins (2015)
JR OF Connor Myers (2015)
JR LHP Jake Josephs (2015)
rSR RHP Victor Diaz (2015)
JR RHP Thomas Busbice (2015)
JR RHP Kyle Majette (2015)
JR LHP Jared Koenig (2015)
SO RHP Nick Hartman (2016)
SO LHP Turner Bishop (2016)
SO RHP Sam Sinnen (2016)
SO LHP Joey Benitez (2016)
SO C/1B Kurt Sinnen (2016)
SO SS/OF Nick Walker (2016)
FR LHP Nate Matheson (2017)

Rice

SO RHP Jon Duplantier (2015)
rJR RHP Matt Ditman (2015)
JR RHP Kevin McCanna (2015)
rJR RHP Jordan Stephens (2015)
JR LHP Blake Fox (2015)
JR RHP Ryan McCarthy (2015)
JR RHP Austin Orewiler (2015)
SR RHP Trevor Teykl (2015)
rFR RHP/C Andrew Dunlap (2015)
JR 1B/RHP Connor Tekyl (2015)
SR C John Clay Reeves (2015)
JR C Hunter Kopycinski (2015)
SR OF John Williamson (2015)
JR SS/OF Leon Byrd (2015)
SR 2B/SS Ford Stainback (2015)
JR 3B Grayson Lewis (2015)
SR OF/1B Kirby Taylor (2015)
SO OF Charlie Warren (2016)
FR RHP Josh Pettite (2016)
SO RHP Austin Orewiler (2016)
FR OF/SS Tristan Gray (2017)
FR RHP Ricky Salinas (2017)
FR RHP Glenn Otto (2017)
FR OF Ryan Chandler (2017)

Southern Mississippi

SR OF Connor Barron (2015)
rSR SS Michael Sterling (2015)
rJR SS/OF Breck Kline (2015)
JR 3B/1B Chase Scott (2015)
JR 2B Nick Dawson (2015)
SR 1B/C Matt Durst (2015)
JR SS/1B Tim Lynch (2015)
SR C Austin Roussel (2015)
rJR RHP/3B James McMahon (2015)
SR RHP Christian Talley (2015)
rJR RHP Cord Cockrell (2015)
rJR LHP Luke Lowery (2015)
rJR LHP Cody Livingston (2015)
JR RHP Jake Winston (2015)
JR RHP Cody Carroll (2015)
SR RHP Ryan Milton (2015)
JR RHP Nick Johnson (2015)
SO INF/OF Dylan Burdeaux (2016)
FR LHP Kirk McCarthy (2017)

UAB

SR OF/1B Jeff Schalk (2015)
rJR OF Griffin Gum (2015)
JR C Mitch Williams (2015)
JR 2B/3B Evan Peterson (2015)
rJR C Esteban Tresgallo (2015)
SR 3B Nathan Vincent (2015)
SR OF/RHP Chase Davis (2015)
rSO LHP Dylan Munger (2015)
rJR RHP James Naile (2015)
SR RHP Alex Luna (2014)
JR RHP Cory Eller (2015)
rSR RHP Johnny Lieske (2015)
JR RHP Adam Lau (2015)
SO LHP Thomas Lowery (2016)

Texas-San Antonio

JR RHP Brock Hartson (2015)
SR RHP Logan Onda (2015)
JR LHP Nolan Trabanino (2015)
SR RHP Boone Mokry (2015)
SR RHP Jeremy Filipek (2015)
JR RHP Nolan Savage (2015)
SR LHP Cody Brannon (2015)
SR C John Bormann (2015)
JR C/OF Kevin Markham (2015)
JR 1B/3B Geonte Jackson (2015)
JR 2B/OF Jesse Baker (2015)
SR 3B/SS Horacio Correa (2015)
JR SS Tyler Straub (2015)
SR C Grant Gibbs (2015)
SO INF/C Mitchell Matulia (2016)
SO OF Logan Kinder (2016)
SO RHP Andre Shewcraft (2016)

Western Kentucky

rSR C Ryan Messex (2015)
SR 1B Ryan Church (2015)
SR OF Philip Diedrick (2015)
SR SS Cody Wofford (2015)
rSO 3B/SS Leiff Clarkson (2015)
JR OF/LHP Anderson Miller (2015)
rSR RHP Tate Glasscock (2015)
JR LHP John Harman (2015)
JR LHP Austin King (2015)
rSO RHP Kevin Elder (2015)
JR RHP Josh Bartley (2015)
SR RHP Brennan Pearson (2015)
SO RHP Cody Coll (2016)
SO RHP Sam Higgs (2016)
SO C Hunter Wood (2016)
SO RHP Ben Morrison (2016)
FR OF Kevin Duckworth (2017)

Three Quick Thoughts on College Baseball’s Third Weekend

1. In what will almost certainly not become a regular weekly feature, here’s this past weekend’s weirdest inning:

UAB 2nd – M. Busby grounded out to 2b. R. Ussery grounded out to ss. K. DePew tripled to right center. J. German hit by pitch. J. German advanced to second on the error; K. DePew scored on an error by c, failed pickoff attempt. C. Arrowood singled to center field, RBI; J. German scored. C. Arrowood stole second. J. Austin walked. N. Crawford singled to shortstop; J. Austin advanced to second; C. Arrowood advanced to third. J. Frost singled to shortstop, RBI; N. Crawford advanced to second; J. Austin advanced to third; C. Arrowood scored. P. Palmeiro doubled to right center, 3 RBI; J. Frost scored; N. Crawford scored; J. Austin scored. M. Busby struck out looking. 6 runs, 5 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.

All I wanted to do was check in and see how Ryan Woolley and Jamal Austin performed, but, damn, this mess of an inning captivated my attention. Cleveland State managed to get the first two outs on routine ground balls (ED NOTE: no clue if the grounders were in fact routine, but allow me to flex a little creative license here) until all heck broke loose. In order, Cleveland State allowed the following before ending the inning with a strikeout: 3B – HBP – E – 1B – SB – BB – 1B – 1B – 2B. It wasn’t all fun and games for UAB, at least not for JR DH Michael Busby. As astute readers may have already noticed, one M. Busby bookended the 6 run, 5 hit inning by making outs.

2. Hard to believe, but Indiana State RHP Jason Van Skike’s no-hitter was not the most dominant pitching performance of the weekend. In fact, Van Skike’s no-hitter wasn’t even the headlining athletic event of the Indiana State weekend. Great as Van Skike’s performance was, it’s awful hard to top the basketball team winning a conference title and sewing up the school’s first NCAA tournament birth in ten years. Also really hard to top what UCLA JR RHP Trevor Bauer did on Saturday. Lines like Bauer’s (10 IP 4 H 1 ER 5 BB 17 K) just don’t come around every weekend. According to the numbers whizzes at College Splits, Bauer’s Game Score of 92 topped Van Skike’s of 84. According to me, 10 innings and 17 strikeouts are both eye-popping numbers.

3. Maybe it is because I’m almost ready to wrap up my three week odyssey of ranking the best 2011 college outfield prospects (coming later this week!), but, when looking at box scores this weekend, something about the hitting lines of outfielders kept jumping out at me. Arguably the best weekend for any college outfield prospect belonged to Central Florida’s 2011 draft-eligible true sophomore Ronnie Richardson. His weekend (7-13, 3B, 2B, BB, 3 RBI, 4 R, K, 2 SB) bumped his season numbers up to .409/.518/.591 with twice as many walks as strikeouts (10 BB/5 K) and 4 stolen bases in 6 tries. I’m extremely bullish on Richardson, a prospect I consider a rich man’s LeVon Washington. To use that comparison as a means of comparing the relative strengths of the 2010 and 2011 drafts (stay with me here), Washington (a prospect I was and am down on) ranked 11th among college outfielders in 2010. Richardson, a prospect I think I like more than most, will probably wind up somewhere between 15th and 25th on my 2011 outfield list. Crazy.