NCAA Update, Week 2

You’ll notice I’ve added some names to the list. I didn’t think 25 was enough, so I decided to go with an even 40. As the college season goes on, I’ll keep working to add (or subtract) draft-eligible players whose stock looks to be on the rise this spring.

Right now, LSU’s Aaron Nola and TCU’s Brandon Finnegan are off to very impressive starts on the mound. If they continue that trend, each should be easy first round picks this summer. How about Grahamm Wiest of Cal State Fullerton? That guys is off to a monster start as well. DrB just ran a draft profile on Wiest the other day, I’d recommend giving it another look.

Staumont, the final pitcher on the list, plays for Azusa Pacific (who moved from NAIA to Division II recently). He’s a flamethrower, topping out at 98-99, and has begun the year on a tear in southern California. He’s also started four of his team’s first 10 games, so let’s hope he doesn’t get overworked this season. He’s an interesting name to watch come draft day.

On the hitting side, Conor Gillaspie’s younger brother Casey is off to a heck of a start for Wichita State, as is Cal Poly’s Nick Torres. It’s very early, so these are obviously all small sample sizes, but Dylan Davis and Taylor Sparks are two guys with big draft aspirations who have struggled out the gate. We’ll see if their bats wake up as spring comes around.

Pitchers School GP IP ERA BB K
Aaron Nola LSU 2 13 0.00 1 14
Brandon Finnegan TCU 2 14 0.00 3 22
Sean Newcomb Hartford 1 5 0.00 3 9
Nick Burdi Louisville 3 3 0.00 2 6
Nick Howard UVA 4 4 0.00 0 6
Travis Radke Port 2 9.1 0.29 5 8
Grahamm Wiest CSUF 2 16.1 0.55 1 17
Tyler Beede Vandy 2 11 0.82 2 18
Parker French Texas 2 11 0.82 4 12
Daniel Mengden TX A&M 2 13 1.38 4 20
Josh Staumont APU 4 24.1 1.48 8 33
Erick Fedde UNLV 2 13 2.03 3 18
Matt Imhof Cal Poly 2 12 2.25 4 19
Luke Weaver FSU 2 11 2.45 3 9
Carlos Rodon NCST 2 14 2.57 3 15
Justin Garza CSUF 2 12.2 2.84 2 17
Michael Cederoth SDSU 5 8.2 3.12 7 11
Andrew Suarez Miami 2 12 3.75 1 15
Jeff Hoffman ECU 2 13.1 4.05 5 12
Brandon Waddell UVA 2 10 7.20 2 9
Hitters School AB AVG OBP HR-RBI SB/ATT
Casey Gillaspie Wichita 32 0.594 0.690 3-15 0/0
Brian Anderson Ark 24 0.458 0.536 1-9 1/1
Derek Fisher UVA 30 0.433 0.469 0-5 1/2
Alex Blandino Stanford 28 0.429 0.500 1-7 1/2
Nick Torres Cal Poly 33 0.424 0.459 3-13 1/1
Austin Fisher KSU 26 0.423 0.559 0-2 2/2
Trea Turner NCST 31 0.419 0.459 0-5 7/9
Mike Papi UVA 31 0.387 0.486 2-10 0/0
Michael Conforto OSU 26 0.385 0.553 0-13 1/2
Max Pentecost Kennesaw 42 0.381 0.426 1-7 1/1
Bradley Zimmer USF 36 0.361 0.410 1-5 1/3
Matt Chapman CSUF 32 0.344 0.421 1-6 1/2
Grayson Greiner SC 25 0.320 0.414 2-10 0/0
JD Davis CSUF 29 0.310 0.459 2-5 1/1
Joey Pankake SC 24 0.292 0.438 1-2 1/2
Kyle Schwarber IU 31 0.290 0.313 1-3 0/0
Sam Travis IU 29 0.276 0.313 0-4 1/1
Brandon Downes UVA 33 0.273 0.351 3-11 1/1
Taylor Sparks UCI 32 0.219 0.270 0-5 1/2
Dylan Davis OSU 32 0.188 0.270 1-9 1/2

Tyler Beede

(Tyler Beede: Photo by John Korduner/Icon SMI)

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