NCAA Update, Week 5

Sorry, this was supposed to go up yesterday. Last night’s numbers are not included. Sounds like some of the big guns had tough outings, including Rodon, Weaver and Beede. Nola and Finnegan continue to tear it up. I’m not completely sold on Hoffman to this point. I have to admit I don’t follow the hitters quite as closely. It seems like some of the guys who are supposed to go 1st round aren’t really taking off just yet. Turner is among that group, although he’s keeping his average up. Hopefully we’ll see some power from these guys in April!

Pitchers School ERA IP BB K K/9
Sean Newcomb, L Hart 0.00 24.67 12 31 11.3
Nick Burdi, R Louisville 0.00 7 3 12 15.4
Aaron Nola, R LSU 0.27 33.67 4 48 12.8
Ben Wetzler, L OSU 0.76 23.67 5 20 7.6
Andrew Morales, R UCI 0.78 34.2 10 33 8.7
Tyler Beede, R Vandy 0.84 32 6 40 11.3
Aaron Garza, R Houston 0.97 37 2 23 5.6
Grahamm Wiest, R CSUF 1.24 36.33 5 33 8.2
Matt Imhof, L Cal Poly 1.29 35 12 55 14.1
Matt Cooper, R Hawaii 1.31 34.33 8 30 7.9
Zech Lemond, R Rice 1.40 25.67 9 27 9.5
Erick Fedde, R UNLV 1.59 34 11 35 9.3
Austin Robichaux, R ULL 1.66 38 7 39 9.2
Brandon Finnegan, L TCU 1.72 36.67 7 55 13.5
Nick Howard, R UVA 1.74 10.33 0 17 14.8
Parker French, R UT 1.76 30.67 9 28 8.2
Luke Weaver, R FSU 2.08 30.33 8 31 9.2
Jordan Brink, R  Fresno 2.12 34 14 26 6.9
Harrison Musgrave, L WVU 2.25 32 3 34 9.6
Benton Moss, R UNC 2.25 36 9 29 7.3
Kyle Freeland, L Evansville 2.25 24 2 29 10.9
Josh Staumont, R APU 2.35 38.33 15 45 10.6
Carlos Rodon, L NCST 2.45 36.67 11 42 10.3
Jake Stinnett, R UMD 2.91 34 7 37 9.8
Michael Cederoth, R SDSU 2.93 15.33 10 17 10.0
Jonathan Holder, R MSU 3.00 12 3 14 10.5
Daniel Mengden, R TX A&M 3.12 34.67 11 39 10.1
Aaron Brown, L Pepp 3.93 34.33 9 36 9.4
Jeff Hoffman, R ECU 4.06 31 15 37 10.7
             
Hitters School AB AVG HR-RBI BB/K SB/ATT
Mac James, C OU 72 0.472 2-17 4/2 2/3
Aramis Garcia, C FIU 77 0.429 5-21 15/7 3/4
Connor Bright, IF SC 72 0.417 0-18 8/7 3/4
Bradley Zimmer, OF USF 72 0.417 4-14 4/12 8/10
Austin Fisher, IF KSU 67 0.403 2-14 9/5 4/5
Michael Conforto, OF OSU 65 0.400 1-30 26/7 1/2
Casey Gillaspie, 1B Wichita 64 0.391 4-18 16/8 0/0
Jeff Gardner, OF Louisville 69 0.391 3-26 7/10 0/0
Brett Austin, C NCST 69 0.391 0-7 11/8 5/5
Connor Joe, IF USD 72 0.375 5-24 11/11 1/3
Hunter Cole, OF/3B UGA 82 0.366 1-12 15/14 2/3
Alex Blandino, 2B Stanford 52 0.365 1-12 4/4 1/2
Garrett Boulware, C Clem 66 0.364 1-17 11/5 0/1
Greg Allen, OF SDSU 78 0.359 0-9 12/10 6/8
Grayson Greiner, C SC 65 0.354 3-20 11/8 0/0
Nick Torres, RF Cal Poly 77 0.351 4-20 4/7 1/2
Taylor Sparks, 3B UCI 73 0.342 2-16 6/23 3/5
Mike Papi, OF/1B UVA 65 0.338 5-18 16/11 0/1
Derek Fisher, OF UVA 51 0.333 0-7 4/7 1/2
Brian Anderson, 2B Ark 61 0.328 1-13 3/12 1/2
JD Davis, OF CSUF 67 0.328 3-12 16/16 2/2
Kyle Schwarber, C/OF IU 71 0.324 3-9 9/6 1/2
Sam Travis, IF IU 66 0.318 0-13 9/6 3/4
Trea Turner, SS NCST 76 0.316 1-10 10/4 7/9
Max Pentecost, C Kennesaw 96 0.313 1-11 10/16 7/8
Max Murphy, CF Bradley 58 0.293 3-17 13/17 7/7
Joey Pankake, IF SC 63 0.286 1-7 9/6 2/4
Dylan Davis, OF OSU 80 0.275 2-21 11/16 1/3
Matt Chapman, 3B CSUF 73 0.260 2-13 8/13 2/3
Brandon Downes, C/OF UVA 67 0.224 3-15 12/9 1/1
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NCAA Update, Week 4

Sorry this is getting out so late. A few more new names on the list. Hopefully the player links work. If not, I’ll see if I can get the bugs fixed. Huge Friday night in college baseball, as Carlos Rodon and Luke Weaver square off in one heavyweight bout, while Aaron Nola and Tyler Beede match up in an SEC clash. Easily four of the top five or six pitchers in the entire country, right there. I believe the NC State/FSU game has already gotten underway.

Pitchers School ERA IP BB K K/9
Aaron Nola, R LSU 0.00 27 2 36 12.0
Sean Newcomb, L Hart 0.00 17.2 9 23 12.0
Nick Burdi, R Louisville 0.00 6 3 9 13.5
Andrew Morales, R UCI 0.00 30 6 30 9.0
Aaron Garza, R Houston 0.30 30 2 20 6.0
Ben Wetzler, L OSU 0.57 15.2 3 17 10.1
Matt Cooper, R Hawaii 0.95 28.1 4 25 8.0
Zech Lemond, R Rice 1.02 17.2 7 22 11.5
Parker French, R UT 1.07 25.1 6 25 9.0
Tyler Beede, R Vandy 1.08 25 5 33 11.9
Matt Imhof, L Cal Poly 1.33 27 9 41 13.7
Josh Staumont, R APU 1.35 33 11 42 11.5
Grahamm Wiest, R CSUF 1.59 28.1 5 26 8.3
Harrison Musgrave, L WVU 1.78 25.1 2 33 11.8
Austin Robichaux, R ULL 1.86 29 5 29 9.0
Jordan Brink, R  Fresno 1.88 28.2 11 21 6.7
Michael Cederoth, R SDSU 1.88 14.1 9 17 10.9
Erick Fedde, R UNLV 2.00 27 9 30 10.0
Brandon Finnegan, L TCU 2.12 29.2 6 45 13.9
Benton Moss, R UNC 2.20 28.2 4 25 8.0
Nick Howard, R UVA 2.25 8 0 12 13.5
Jake Stinnett, R UMD 2.25 28 6 31 10.0
Luke Weaver, R FSU 2.25 24 6 24 9.0
Carlos Rodon, L NCST 2.40 30 7 30 9.0
Daniel Mengden, R TX A&M 2.67 27 9 35 11.7
Aaron Brown, L Pepp 2.93 28 5 30 9.6
Kyle Freeland, L Evansville 3.00 18 1 20 10.0
Jeff Hoffman, R ECU 3.28 24.2 13 32 11.9
Jonathan Holder, R MSU 3.38 10.2 3 11 9.7
Hitters School AB AVG HR-RBI BB/K SB/ATT
Mac James, C OU 62 0.500 2-17 2/2 2/3
Aramis Garcia, C FIU 65 0.431 5-21 11/4 2/3
Connor Bright SC 59 0.424 0-16 8/6 3/4
Casey Gillaspie, 1B Wichita 50 0.420 3-17 16/5 0/0
Bradley Zimmer, OF USF 61 0.393 3-12 4/11 5/7
Jeff Gardner, OF Louisville 56 0.393 3-22 6/10 0/0
Greg Allen, OF SDSU 67 0.388 0-8 7/9 4/6
Michael Conforto, OF OSU 55 0.382 0-26 23/6 1/2
Connor Joe, IF USD 63 0.381 4-22 10/8 1/3
Austin Fisher, IF KSU 56 0.375 1-6 7/5 3/4
Grayson Greiner, C SC 54 0.370 3-19 9/8 0/0
Brett Austin, C NCST 54 0.370 0-6 10/5 5/5
Alex Blandino, 2B Stanford 52 0.365 1-12 4/4 1/2
Nick Torres, RF Cal Poly 61 0.361 4-20 3/6 1/2
Mike Papi, OF/1B UVA 53 0.358 5-16 13/8 0/1
Brian Anderson, 2B Ark 51 0.353 1-10 3/9 1/2
Trea Turner, SS NCST 60 0.350 0-8 10/2 7/9
Hunter Cole, OF/3B UGA 60 0.350 1-10 12/11 2/3
Kyle Schwarber, C/OF IU 58 0.345 3-8 8/5 1/2
Taylor Sparks, 3B UCI 60 0.333 0-12 6/21 2/4
Derek Fisher, OF UVA 51 0.333 0-7 4/7 1/2
Max Pentecost, C Kennesaw 84 0.321 1-11 9/14 5/6
Sam Travis, IF IU 54 0.315 0-13 8/6 3/3
Max Murphy, CF Bradley 55 0.291 3-16 13/15 6/6
JD Davis, OF CSUF 55 0.291 3-9 12/15 2/2
Matt Chapman, 3B CSUF 60 0.283 2-11 7/12 2/3
Joey Pankake, IF SC 51 0.255 1-6 7/5 2/4
Dylan Davis, OF OSU 66 0.242 2-20 10/12 1/2
Brandon Downes, C/OF UVA 54 0.222 3-15 11/8 1/1

Maxpreps Top 100 Seniors

Say, while I’ve got you on the subject of the draft…

I paid a visit to Maxpreps.com (my go-to for high school sports) this morning, and found Kevin Askeland’s newly published Top 100 seniors list. As high school ball starts to get under way across the country, I thought this would be a good time to start brushing up on some of the names (both well known and unknown) that we might hear in this summer’s draft.

Askeland and the crew over there used a number of different factors in determining the formula for their rankings, including mock drafts and various recruiting rankings. Alex Jackson comes in at #1 on the big board, with Michael Gettys and Jacob Gatewood right behind him.

The top arms that you’ve likely heard of include big Texan Tyler Kolek (#4), Grant Holmes (#5), Luis Ortiz (#6), Touki Toussaint (#7), and Brady Aiken (#10). Lots of Californians and Floridians on the list (making up almost half the 100). I know there are a few sites that do very good work on high school baseball coverage, but I thought this list could serve as a nice reference as the season gets going.

Maxpreps 100 List

If you’re not familiar with Askeland’s work, I would highly recommend you give this piece – and others – a look. His articles are almost always featured on the homepage over at Maxpreps, and he covers the gamut of sports.

A little background here: Kevin and I are alumnus of the same small high school in northern California. When I was in high school, I took on a major sports journalism project as part of my graduation requirements. All told, this “project” would ultimately become a 100+ page book on football and basketball at my high school in the 1950’s and 60’s.

Kevin was my mentor for this project, and really helped give me the spark that would drive me throughout the entire process. He’s one of the most knowledgeable sports people I’ve ever met… you literally cannot have a conversation with him without learning something new. He puts in tireless work for Maxpreps, and he’s a high school teacher by day. If writing were his full-time job, I have no doubt he’d be one of the household names in sports journalism.

I got to catch up with Kevin for a few minutes this week, and told him about the (newish) blog. So if you happen to see this Kevin, thanks for all that you do for the high school sports community.

NCAA Update, Week 3

The list keeps growing. The household names are still here, but you’ll find a few new sleepers littered throughout as well. Tons of solid pitching performances early. The hitters have some work to do, but I don’t think we’ll get a read on these guys until the warmer months come around. With a good portion of the country playing under less than stellar conditions last month (even in California!), the weather just hasn’t been very conducive to offense. Let’s look for that to change as March rolls on.

I wanted to share a recent find which has made tracking players so much easier. I found a link on NCAA.com to an individual career stat tracker, so I thought I’d post the link here. You can enter in any player, from any NCAA division. Very handy, as now I don’t have to track down each player on his school’s website anymore! I’m a little new to the college game, so cut me some slack, will you?

NCAA stat tracker link

Onto the stats – sorted by ERA and batting average.

Pitchers School GP IP ERA BB K
Matt Cooper Hawaii 3 21 0.00 3 18
Aaron Nola LSU 3 19 0.00 2 24
Sean Newcomb Hart 2 10.2 0.00 6 15
Nick Howard UVA 4 6 0.00 0 7
Nick Burdi Louisville 4 4 0.00 2 6
Aaron Garza Houston 3 22 0.41 2 18
Jordan Brink Fresno 3 21.1 0.42 7 15
Tyler Beede Vandy 3 18 1.00 5 24
Parker French UT 3 18 1.00 5 19
Jake Stinnett UMD 3 22 1.23 3 27
Grahamm Wiest CSUF 3 21.1 1.27 3 20
Austin Robichaux ULL 3 21 1.29 5 19
Josh Staumont APU 4 24.1 1.48 8 33
Erick Fedde UNLV 3 21 1.71 6 25
Matt Imhof Cal Poly 3 19 1.89 6 26
Luke Weaver FSU 3 17 2.12 5 16
Carlos Rodon NCST 3 21 2.14 6 23
Brandon Finnegan TCU 3 20.2 2.18 5 33
Harrison Musgrave WVU 3 19.1 2.33 2 27
Jeff Hoffman ECU 3 21.1 2.53 6 26
Jordan Stephens Rice 3 14 2.57 5 15
Justin Garza CSUF 3 20.2 2.61 2 21
Michael Cederoth SDSU 6 10.1 2.61 7 14
Kyle Freeland Evansville 3 18 3.00 1 20
James Norwood STL 3 15 3.00 9 15
Daniel Mengden TX A&M 3 20 3.15 5 27
Hitters School AB AVG HR-RBI BB/K SB/ATT
Casey Gillaspie Wichita 38 0.526 3-17 11/5 0/0
Jeff Gardner Louisville 37 0.459 2-16 5/6 0/0
Austin Fisher KSU 39 0.436 1-4 6/4 3/4
Mike Papi UVA 37 0.405 2-12 12/3 0/1
Bradley Zimmer USF 45 0.400 2-8 3/9 4/6
Alex Blandino Stanford 39 0.385 1-8 4/1 1/2
Hunter Cole UGA 42 0.381 1-7 7/7 0/1
Derek Fisher UVA 40 0.375 0-7 3/4 1/2
Greg Allen SDSU 48 0.375 0-7 5/4 4/5
Brian Anderson Ark 35 0.371 1-10 3/6 1/1
Nick Torres Cal Poly 38 0.368 3-12 1/4 1/1
Trea Turner NCST 41 0.366 0-7 7/2 7/9
Grayson Greiner SC 35 0.343 3-15 7/7 0/0
Kyle Schwarber IU 38 0.342 1-6 3/4 1/2
Matt Chapman CSUF 44 0.341 2-9 4/9 2/3
Brett Austin NCST 39 0.333 0-6 9/4 4/4
Max Pentecost Kennesaw 55 0.327 1-9 6/7 2/2
Michael Conforto OSU 40 0.325 0-17 13/4 1/2
JD Davis CSUF 40 0.325 3-9 8/11 2/2
Max Murphy Bradley 37 0.324 3-13 7/4 2/2
Brandon Downes UVA 43 0.279 3-15 6/8 1/1
Taylor Sparks UCI 43 0.279 0-6 3/16 2/4
Sam Travis IU 36 0.276 0-7 4/3 3/3
Dylan Davis OSU 46 0.239 1-15 6/8 1/2
Joey Pankake SC 36 0.222 1-2 5/4 2/3

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(Matt Cooper/Hawaii/NCAA.com)

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)

NCAA Update, Week 1

Trying something new here at Cove Chatter, as we take a look at the first week of play from some of the top 2014 college draft prospects. As the season moves along, I’ll add or drop players as I see fit, but we’ll try to keep it at a steady 25 for now. Eventually I’d like to have some comments up on these guys, but for now I just want to get their stats posted, as most of the pitchers will be on the hill for their second start of the season tomorrow (Friday) night.

Hey, who said this was just a Giants blog?! Ok… I did. But it sure can’t hurt to expand things a little bit. There are tons of talented draft-eligible players out there this year – especially on the pitching side – so I hope you’ll use these updates as a nice reference as the season moves along. If there are any glaring omissions to this so-called “Terrific 25,” please feel free to let me know.

Pitchers

School

GP

IP

ERA

BB

K

Carlos Rodon

NC State

1

6

1.50

1

6

Jeff Hoffman

ECU

1

6.2

4.05

2

6

Tyler Beede

Vandy

1

5

0.00

1

7

Luke Weaver

Florida St

1

6

0.00

1

7

Brandon Finnegan

TCU

1

7

0.00

3

13

Aaron Nola

LSU

1

6

0.00

0

6

Matt Imhof

Cal Poly

1

7

0.00

3

14

Michael Cederoth

SDSU

2

4.2

5.79

5

7

Erick Fedde

UNLV

1

7.1

0.00

0

11

Brandon Waddell

Virginia

1

4.1

12.46

1

7

Travis Radke

Portland

1

4.2

0.00

2

7

Daniel Mengden

TX A&M

1

6

3.00

2

11

Nick Burdi

Louisville

2

2

0.00

1

4

Hitters

School

AB

AVG

HR

RBI

SB

Trea Turner

NC State

16

0.500

0

4

5-5

Michael Conforto

OSU

14

0.500

0

11

0

Derek Fisher

Virginia

15

0.467

0

3

1-1

Max Pentecost

Kennesaw

22

0.455

0

3

1-1

Kyle Schwarber

Indiana

15

0.200

0

0

0

Bradley Zimmer

San Fran

17

0.412

0

1

1-2

JD Davis

Fullerton

15

0.400

1

2

1-1

Matt Chapman

Fullerton

16

0.250

0

1

1-2

Dylan Davis

OSU

17

0.235

0

7

0-1

Joey Pankake

South Car

13

0.308

1

1

1-2

Greg Allen

SDSU

18

0.333

0

3

1-2

Brian Anderson

Arkansas

14

0.500

0

4

1-1

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(Trea Turner/AP Photo: Karl B DeBlaker)