We're just two weekends into the College Baseball season and each team is still working to develop their own identity. We observe as some teams seemingly effortlessly put it together while others are stumbling out of the gate. Omaha virgin Vanderbilt began the season with an aggressive #4 but they've more than proved that they belong with their strong start as they won a huge non-league series against Stanford over the weekend.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Key Additions---Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Bobby Jenks
Key Losses---Victor Martinez, Adrian Beltre
Lineup---It is pretty obvious that the additions of AGon and Crawford are absolutely huge benefits to this lineup, however
Sunday, February 27, 2011
#1 Florida improved to 7-0 with a sweep of Boston College. #3 Vanderbilt took 2 of 3 from visiting #6 Stanford. #12 Cal State Fullerton traveled to #4 TCU and took 2 of 3 as TCU LHP Matt Purke was unavailable this weekend with blisters.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Vanderbilt clinched the weekend win with an 8-7 win against Stanford in our series of the weekend, as #3 Vanderbilt moves to 7-0 while #6 Stanford falls to 3-3.
Friday, February 25, 2011
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.
There are a number of key matchups this week among our top 25 teams. #6 Stanford travels to #3 Vanderbilt for a true benchmark series for these two Omaha hopefuls. Of course, one could argue that Stanford just came out on top of a benchmark series last weekend when they took 2 of 3 on the road against Rice.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
**Update: Final Mock Draft from 6.5.11 posted here.*
Here we are a month after our first MLB Mock Draft and we still don't have a significant amount of credible information to go on. However, with the first weekend of college baseball in the books at least we know who's hot and who's not. Alright here comes the disclaimer. If you're reading this I'm sure you're aware that while this mock is certain to contain some enlightening and fascinating information, it's still entirely too early to be reliable or accurate.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Do you ever have that thing in your life that you look forward to for months? You build something up in your mind for so long and you get so excited about it, and then it fails to deliver? Well the college baseball season doesn't do that to you. Sure a game here or a series there might be a flop, but there is so much content and so many stories to get excited about.
The stories that unfolded over the weekend didn't develop overnight. The seeds were planted last June when many of todays college stars were drafted. After a summer of negotiating we focus on what's left of blue chip recruiting classes and the handful of juniors and draft eligible sophomores that decided to return to school.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Adam Plutko - RHP - UCLA - Fr. 6IP 2H 0ER 1BB 4K (W, 1-0). Proud (I'm sure) member of the Prospect Junkies preseason Freshman All American team.
Zack Weiss - RHP - UCLA - Fr. 1.1IP 2H 0ER 2BB 2K.
Dean McArdle - RHP - Stanford - So. 5IP 3H 0ER 1BB 4K (W, 1-0). McArdle finished the season as the Sunday starter as a freshman. Looks like he's in the same role as a So. Stanford finishes off in impressive series win (2-1) at Rice.
Madison Boer - RHP - Oregon - Jr. 8IP 1H 0ER 2BB 7K (W, 1-0)
Tyler Hale - RHP - Arizona - So. 6IP 4H 1ER 2BB 7K. (W, 1-0)
Erik Johnson - RHP - California - Jr. 7IP 3H 0ER 0BB 8K (W, 1-0)
Justin Jones - LHP - California - So. 7IP 8H 2ER 1BB 5K. Former White Sox draftee ('09 - 7th Rnd)
Jake Barrett - RHP - Arizona State - So. 3IP 2H 1ER 2BB 2K. Not sure why he left after 3 IP.
Trevor Bauer - RHP - UCLA - Jr. 7.2IP 2H 0ER 4BB 10K (W, 1-0)
Kyle Simon - RHP - Arizona - Jr. 7.2IP 1H 1ER 0BB 13K (W, 1-0)
Chris Reed - LHP - Stanford - Jr. 4.2IP 8H 6ER 1BB 5K (L, 0-1)
Austin Wood - RHP - USC - Jr. 5IP 6H 2ER 1BB 6K (W, 1-0).
Hudson Randall - RHP - Florida - So. 6IP 7H 1ER 0BB 6K (W, 1-0)
Tommy Toledo - RHP - Florida - Jr. 2.1IP 2H 0ER 1BB 1K (S, 1)
Tyler Webb - LHP - South Carolina - So. 6IP 3H 1ER 2BB 4K (W, 1-0)
Bryan Harper - LHP - South Carolina - Jr. 1.2IP 2H 0ER 1BB 2K. Bryce Harper's brother making a name for himself after transfer
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Opening Weekend for college baseball has some great matchups, highlighted by Stanford in Houston facing off against the Owls. Friday nights in College Baseball are particularly fascinating as most teams chose that platform to throw their ace and set the stage for the weekend series. Below you'll see a list of likely MLB draft picks. Some will be first round selections, and some already have. Let's see how they did in their respective season openers.
Monday, February 14, 2011
The wait is over folks! The college baseball season is upon us and it couldn't come soon enough. If you're sick of hearing about a possible NFL work stoppage or a contract extension may make Albert Pujols the richest old man in baseball by the time the deal matures, then belly up to the computer this weekend and follow some collegiate athletics in it's purest form.
As you prepare for the glorious event that is opening weekend, perhaps it would be beneficial to bone up on the College Preview information that we've been providing to you over the past several weeks.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Predicting a Freshman All-American team is about as premature as a Mock Draft at this point in the year but hey, they're fun. I'm really excited about this year's freshman class, thanks in large part to the two unsigned first round picks (Karsten Whitson and Dylan Covey). Austin Wilson was also a clear first round talent who slid for signability reasons due to his strong college commitment.
Saturday, February 5, 2011