This isn’t the small ball Stanford team of old; this lineup has real thump. Only UCLA has a higher slugging percentage in conference, and Kinamon’s power outburst last weekend put him alongside Stowers, Andrew Daschbach and Brandon Wulff as Cardinal players slugging above .500 since Pac-12 play kicked off.
Featuring a fairly traditional fastball, changeup, slider, curveball toolkit, Pepiot ranks fourth in the nation in strikeouts per nine despite rather pedestrian, low-90’s velocity.
Arkansas lost five regulars and their top two starting pitchers from last year’s national runner-up team, but they’ve plugged in newcomers seamlessly. Franklin, Noland and starter Patrick Wicklander have been solid as freshmen, while JUCO transfers Trevor Ezell and Matt Goodheart have anchored the lineup.
Logan Davidson has been under the microscope for a while. Named a potential top-15 pick for the upcoming draft as early as fourteen months ago, Davidson has had plenty of time to be scrutinized by evaluators. In fairness, some of that scrutiny has been warranted. He’s had plenty of work the past couple of years on the Cape, and the results haven’t been pretty. Combine two summers of plate appearances, and you get something akin to a full college season’s worth of playing time. With wood bats against the nation’s top competition, Davidson hit only .202/.304/.266. If anything, his platform season on the Cape was even more difficult than his post-freshman effort.
Ask even the most casual baseball fan — or football fan for that matter — and they’ll nod their head when asked if they know who Kyler Murray is. In fact, there’s probably no other amateur athlete that has garnered as much attention over the last 12 months than the former Oklahoma Sooners star quarterback/outfielder.
From a scouting perspective knowing less can be an advantage. It shields you from preconceived notions. Working in the media space, I felt it important to at least have cursory understanding of dudes on each team, but there is undeniable value to otherwise knowing as little as possible. Your evaluation should be a blank canvas to paint on. Truly original opinions can only be developed through untainted first-hand accounts and observations. That was what I tried to do at the MLB4 Tournament and again last weekend when Oregon State came into town to face Nebraska.
Our guys Jason Pennini and Lance Brozdowski were out on the scouting trail in Arizona and California this past week where perennial college powerhouses and top draft prospects were on display. We’ve got you covered with fresh notes and videos from some of the top prospects available in the 2019 MLB Draft
D1 college baseball season has finally begun. It’s that time of the year where college squads flee from the hostile environment up north in to Florida in hopes for some warm weather and sunshine. They got just that as we have live looks from the UConn and Lousville series as well as a look at top draft prospect Kyle Brnovich at Elon.