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College Baseball Weekend Notes 2-25-13

Carlos Rodon looked good enough to lose 100 games this season just for the chance to draft him. He pitched 7 no-hit innings against La Salle. He K’d 14 and walked one. All I saw was a poor video feed but there is no doubt in my mind that, right now, he is the slam dunk 1st overall pick next season. Don Olsen (@olsen_don) noted that he was 92-94 with hard tailing FB and his slider had good tilt and bite to it. Sounds like his semi-rough first start was a fluke.

Cody Poteet looked good against Baylor. The numbers weren't great. The stuff was inconsistent but he showed a very impressive breaking ball. It was an unhittable pitch at times. He is a player that could make a serious impact at UCLA over the next few years and could be a top pick in the 2015 draft.

Trea Turner was also his impressive self. He is the most exciting player in NCAA baseball right now. He can hit, run and plays solid defense. He is fun to watch.

I watched more of was Florida Gulf Coast at Florida. Taylor Gushue is a unique player. He’s a very good hitter and is well beyond his years as a sophomore who is very young for his class because he left high school early to attend Florida. He has taken over the catching since Mike Zunino has moved on to pro ball. He could be an impact bat over the next two years. He hurt his foot at the end of one game I watched. Not sure where he is at there if it was minor or will cause him to miss time. Either way, he’s a name to know.

Richie Martin was a better short stop than I expected for Florida. He looked solid at the plate as well. He won’t hit for a lot of pop but the bat is good enough to watch. He has some speed on the base paths as well. I really liked what I saw of him.

Eric Hanhold started and held his own. He didn’t do overly well but his breaking ball grades out a tick above average for a future grade. His fastball had good tail and sink early in the game but was very inconsistent and his confidence seemed to waiver as well past the 2nd inning. He may not have a great freshman year but he should come around and be a contributor this season.
Michael Murray looked food for FGCU as well. I don’t know how great of a pro pitcher he’d be but he could be a good college arm over the next three years. Maybe his stuff improves over the next couple years but for pro ball purposes, Hanhold is the better prospect right now.

Other notes:

In other games this weekend, Mark Appel looked great against Fresno State. He held upper 90’s velocity into the late innings. His stuff was sharp and he hammered the zone. This is how he needs to pitch more often. He doesn’t need to do anything but challenge hitters.

Aaron Judge homered against Stanford yesterday. Kris Bryant put one out as well over the weekend.

FSU freshman Jameis Winston acted as closer for the Seminoles working in the low 90’s but getting into the mid 90’s.

James Kaprielian is the closer for UCLA as a freshman. He is a name to watch. He could be a 1st rounder in 2015. He K’d the side to end the game yesterday.

Washington State OF Jason Monda hit a 3-run homer. He’s eligible for the draft this year. Could go in the top 3 rounds.

Dale Carey hit a homer for Miami as well. He's not a power guy but could be a good 3rd round type guy for some team.

Cole Irvin pitched 8 innings for Oregon. He is a freshman LHP with quite a bit of potential.

Justin Garza for Fullerton apparently did very well according to a couple sources. He’s not a big guy but had been up to 94 in the past.

Carson Fulmer was 95-97 with a nasty slider this weekend for Vanderbilt.
Xavier Turner swung the bat well starting his career 10-25.

Skye Bolt for North Carolina did well and is 12-22 to start his prep career with 5 doubles as well. Colin Moran is still looking for his first extra base hit.


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