Saturday, March 28, 2015

College Baseball Prospect Update: Pitchers 3.27.15

Every weekend Prospect Junkies will be keeping tabs on the performances of the Top College Baseball Prospects and feeding their stats and our insights into one convenient place.

Southeastern Conference

2015 Draft Class

Carson Fulmer - RHP - Vanderbilt.  8IP 5H 0R 0ER 3BB 12K.  (W, 4-1).
Trey Killian - RHP - Arkansas.  5IP 6H 5R 5ER 4BB 6K.  (L, 0-2).  
Trey Wingenter - RHP - Auburn.  2IP 1H 0R 0ER 2BB 3K.  
Grayson Long - RHP - Texas A&M.  5IP 5H 3R 3ER 2BB 7K.

2016 Draft Class

Logan Shore - RHP - Florida.  9IP 10H 1R 1ER 1BB 8K.  (W, 4-2). 

Atlantic Coast Conference

2015 Draft Class

Michael Matuella - RHP - Duke.  4.2IP 5H 6R 2ER 5BB 6K.  (L, 1-1).  
Kyle Funkhouser - RHP - Louisville.  7IP 4H 1R 1ER 2BB 7K.  (W, 3-2).  
Trent Thornton - RHP - UNC.  1IP 4H 3R 3ER 0BB 1K.  (L, 1-2).  

2016 Draft Class

Alex Bostic - LHP - Clemson.  0.2IP 1H 2R 0ER 1BB 1K.  
Zach Burdi - RHP - Louisville.  1.2IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 1K.  (S, 2).  

Pac 12 Conference

2015 Draft Class

James Kaprielian - RHP - UCLA.  8IP 4H 3R 3ER 1BB 9K.  (W, 5-1).  

2016 Draft Class

Brett Hanewich - RHP - Stanford.  5IP 8H 4R 4ER 4BB 0K.  
Bobby Dalbec - RHP - Arizona.  1.1IP 0H 0R 0ER 1BB 0K.  (S, 5).

Big 12 Conference

2015 Draft Class

Mitchell Traver - RHP - TCU.  6IP 4H 1R 1ER 3BB 5K.  (W, 4-0).  
Trey Cobb - RHP - Oklahoma State.  4.1IP 4H 0R 0ER 1BB 3K.  
Parker French - RHP - Texas.  4.1IP 7H 3R 3ER 0BB 3K.  (L, 2-2).  

2016 Draft Class

Ryan Moseley - RHP - Texas Tech.  4.1IP 9H 4R 3ER 2BB 5K.

Big Ten Conference

2015 Draft Class

Ben Meyer - RHP - Minnesota.  8.1IP 6H 3R 3ER 2BB 5K.  (W, 1-3).  
Lance Thonvold - RHP - Minnesota.  0.2IP 0H 0R 0ER 0BB 2K.  
Chance Sinclair - RHP - Nebraska.  7.2IP 2H 1R 1ER 2BB 6K.  (W, 4-3).
Josh Roeder - RHP - Nebraska.  1IP 1H 0R 0ER 0BB 1K.  (S, 8).  

American Athletic Conference

2015 Draft Class

Patrick Weigel - RHP - Houston.  4.1IP 5H 2R 2ER 0BB 5K.  
Jimmy Herget - RHP - South Florida.  6IP 1H 0R 0ER 5BB 11K.  (W, 5-1).  

Conference USA

2015 Draft Class

Kevin McCanna - RHP - Rice.  7IP 7H 3R 3ER 0BB 8K.  (W, 3-2).  

Best of the Rest

Thomas Eshelman - RHP - Cal State Fullerton.  8IP 9H 2R 2ER 0BB 5K.  (W, 3-2).  
Dillon Tate - RHP - UC Santa Barbara.  9IP 3H 2R 0ER 1BB 10K.  (L, 3-3).  
Joseph Shaw - RHP - Dallas Baptist.  6IP 6H 2R 2ER 3BB 4K.  (W, 5-0).  
Colin Welmon - RHP - Loyola Marymount.  7IP 9H 5R 5ER 2BB 5K.  
Mike Murray - RHP - Florida Gulf Coast.  5.1IP 10H 6R 6ER 2BB 3K.  (W, 3-3). 

Friday, March 27, 2015

2015 Fantasy Impact Prospects

2015 Fantasy Impact Prospects - By Dave Bergman

The key to being successful in Fantasy Baseball is to find that hidden gem, the diamond in the rough, you know, all those cheesy clich├ęs that people use to describe the player that puts them over the top.  Last year, George Springer, Yordano Ventura, and Jacob deGrom were those guys. These are just a few examples of players that have an immediate fantasy impact when they come up from the minors.  On the other hand, sometimes it can be an international player that signs a mega deal and quickly becomes a known commodity in the fantasy world.  Does Jose Abreu ring a bell?  So, who will be the next Springer, de Grom, or Abreu?  Prospect Junkies is here to help you draft the next star in Fantasy Baseball.  Unfortunately, you’re not going to find the likes of Byron Buxton, Carlos Correa, or even Lucas Giolito on this list.  Those players will definitely be in a later article when Prospect Junkies counts down the Top 50 Prospects for Dynasty Leagues.  Instead, we have created a list of 20 prospects (projected ETA’s of 2015) that you might want to keep an eye on for the upcoming season.  Some of these prospects will have an immediate impact on your roster, while others might be mid-to-late season call-ups.  If you’re in a league with deep rosters and can afford to stash players away, then some of these guys are definitely worth the gamble.

  1. Kris Bryant 3B (Chicago Cubs) - the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft is raking at every level, not to mention leading the league in long balls in Spring Training.  The only thing left is for the Cubs to find him a permanent location in their everyday lineup and the most likely scenario would be in May.
  2. Jorge Soler OF (Chicago Cubs) – displayed his skills as a September call-up last season.  Look for him to make an immediate fantasy impact in RF for the Cubs.
  3. Rusney Castillo OF (Boston Red Sox) – slowed by an early injury in Spring Training, but is making strides on being in the starting lineup on Opening Day.
  4. Joc Pederson OF (Los Angeles Dodgers) - finally lands a spot in the everyday lineup after the trade of Matt Kemp in the off-season.  Pederson has all the tools to be a 20-20 player in his rookie year.
  5. Yasmany Tomas 3B (Arizona Diamondbacks) - big international signing with the Diamondbacks, projected to bat in the middle of the lineup and play 3B.
  6. Steven Souza OF (Tampa Bay Rays) – takes the place of Will Myers in RF for the Rays.
  7. Aaron Sanchez SP (Toronto Blue Jays) – the next man in line with the season ending injury to M. Stroman.
  8. Micah Johnson 2B (Chicago White Sox) – the next Dee Gordon.
  9. Dalton Pompey OF (Toronto Blue Jays) – projected starter and leadoff hitter in a very potent Blue Jay’s lineup.  Reminds me of a young Coco Crisp.
  10. Hector Olivera 2B (Los Angeles Dodgers) – just got paid handsome by the richest team in baseball.  Many scouts believe he can hit 20 homers as middle infielder, and they believe he can do it this year.  If healthy and passes his physical, he could be a very nice addition on anybody’s fantasy team.  However, reports are circulating that he has a slight tear in his UCL which could mean Tommy John surgery.  If he opts for the surgery then you can cross him off this list. However, if it’s just a rumor or he does play with a slight tear, then this signing would delay the promotion of the Dodger’s top prospect, Corey Seager.  If not for the injury concern, Olivera would be ranked much higher.
  11. Michael Taylor OF (Washington Nationals) – with Denard Span being sidelined, Taylor is finding his way into a projected starting role with the Nationals.
  12. Jon Gray SP (Colorado Rockies) – Gray is having a remarkable spring and showing the Rockies that he is a legit No. 1 starter.  When do the Rockies decide that now is the time?  
  13. Carlos Rodon SP (Chicago White Sox) – the best power lefty prospect since Clayton Kershaw.  Rodon and Sale will form a dominant 1-2 punch in the American League Central for years to come.  Ventura is toying with the idea of starting him in the bullpen, which is very similar to what they did with Sale during his rookie campaign.
  14. Daniel Norris SP (Toronto Blue Jays) – Not far from being in the big leagues.  Norris has decent stuff and easily projects as a future ace.
  15. Andrew Heaney SP (Los Angeles of Anaheim Angels) – Heaney was traded twice this past off-season finally landing with the Angels.  A nice prospect with above average stuff that projects as a future number three.
  16. Noah Syndergaard SP (NY Mets) – with Z. Wheeler going on the shelf with Tommy John, can the Mets afford to keep him in the minors?
  17. Maikel Franco 3B (Philadelphia Phillies) – Can Cody Asche keep his job all season at 3B?  We are very skeptical of that happening.
  18. Francisco Lindor SS (Cleveland Indians) – Lindor is more known for his glove at this point in his career, but is really making strides on the offensive side.  He should be a mid-to-late season call-up and provide an immediate impact with his stolen base potential.  
  19. Addison Russell SS (Chicago Cubs) – acquired from Oakland in the Jeff Samardzija trade, very few shortstops can match his upside.  The Cubs don’t have a spot for him now but a mid-season trade could land him in a starting role.   
  20. Marco Gonzalez SP (St. Louis Cardinals) – might find a spot in the rotation at some point, but it looks like the Cardinals are going to bring him along slowly like they did with Carlos Martinez.

Others receiving consideration:  Archie Bradley (ARI), Eddie Butler (COL), 

Jose Peraza (ATL), Blake Swihart (BOS), Dylan Bundy (BAL), Henry Owens (BOS), Corey Seager (LAD), Alex Meyer (MIN), Mark Appel (HOU) 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Consolidated Weekly College Baseball Ranking - March 23, 2015

We finally have consensus at the top of the Prospect Junkies Consolidated College Baseball Rankings with LSU nabbing the top spot following a 2-1 series win at Arkansas.

Preseason #1 Vanderbilt was just 90 feet away from dropping the series at Auburn.  The Commodores  held a 6-3 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th inning in Saturday's finale, but Auburn quickly tied the game while maintaining bases loaded with nobody out.  Most coaches would have made a pitching change, but Tim Corbin stuck with Ben Bowden who rebounded to escape the inning without any additional damage.  Vanderbilt regained the lead with a Bryan Reynolds sac fly in the 10th and Bowden worked a perfect 10th to secure the win.  The reward for such perseverance is the prestigious #2 spot in my rankings, an honor rivaled only by their 2014 national championship.

Last week's #1, TCU, dropped a home series to Oklahoma State 1-2, causing the Horned Frogs to fall to #4 while propelling the Cowboys to a #26 ranking.

While there seems to be a lot of consensus among the top 7 or 8 teams by the industry's leading publications, a few teams are clearly polarizing.

Southern California's overall number is negatively skewed by the fact that Perfect Game (PG) ranks the Trojans 9 spots lower (22nd) than everyone else.  PG also seems to be the outlier on Rice, leaving them out of their top 25 while every other publication has the Owls in their top 15.

The jury appears to still be out on Maryland as well.  The 17-4 Terrapins earned a #11 ranking from D1Baseball.com while being left out of the Baseball America list.


Consolidated Weekly College Baseball Rankings
PJ Ranking
Team
NCBWA
BA
PG
D1
USA Today
Average
PJ Last Week
1
LSU (21-3)
1
1
1
1
1
1
3
2
Vanderbilt (19-5)
2
2
4
2
3
2.6
4
3
Texas A&M (24-1)
3
3
5
3
2
3.2
5
4
TCU (17-4)
4
5
2
5
4
4
1
5
Florida (20-5)
6
4
3
4
5
4.4
2
6
UCLA (17-5)
5
9
7
7
6
6.8
7
7
Louisville (18-6)
8
7
6
8
7
7.2
10
8
South Carolina (18-6)
7
12
8
12
8
9.4
6
9
Florida State (19-6)
10
10
9
13
9
10.2
14
10
UCF (20-5)
9
6
15
10
11
10.2
12
11
Arizona State (19-6)
16
11
12
6
13
11.6
16
12
USC (19-5)
13
8
22
9
10
12.4
13
13
Texas (16-8)
11
19
16
16
12
14.8
17
14
Miami (FL) (18-7)
15
13
10
21
16
15
18
15
Virginia (14-7)
12
20
14
18
14
15.6
8
16
Rice (16-9)
14
14
31
14
15
17.6
9
17
UC Santa Barbara (16-6)
24
16
13
15
20
17.6
19
18
Houston (17-7)
19
17
19
20
19
18.8
22
19
Oregon (15-8)
18
22
17
25
18
20
11
20
Maryland (17-4)
20
31
25
11
17
20.8
24
21
Texas Tech (16-8)
17
18
23
31
21
22
15
22
Illinois (17-5)
26
25
21
17
22
22.2
25
23
North Carolina (14-9)
22
31
18
22
24
23.4
21
24
Oregon State (18-5)
27
31
11
24
25
23.6
28
25
Dallas Baptist (18-3)
23
15
24
31
31
24.8
27
26
Oklahoma State (16-7)
21
23
31
31
23
25.8
   N/R
27
California (18-5)
28
21
31
23
31
27
30
28
Indiana (15-5)
30
24
31
19
31
27
26
29
Florida Atlantic (20-5)
25
31
20
31
31
27.6
20
30
Mississippi State (18-8)
29
31
31
31
31
30.6
23

Dropped Out:  Georgia Tech

Key
NCBWA
National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association
BA
Baseball America
PG
Perfect Game
D1
D1Baseball.com
USA Today
USA Today Coaches Poll
PJ
Prospect Junkies Consolidated Rank