Here’s one thing to keep in mind when you’re looking at these numbers — other than the obvious process is just as important as the results that I bore you with every night — for the guys who are playing in the smaller leagues, this is an important time. Schools like Jacksonville and Georgia Southern aren’t going to face very many quality schools in conference play, and there’s no guarantee that they’ll be playing in the postseason if things go wrong. It’s still early — and small sample sizes sometimes ruin even the best of scouts — but it’s something to keep in mind.
Chris Beck : 7 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K’s — The reports I get on Beck are very mixed, and I think today’s start was a good example of why. He really struggled early before settling down in the middle innings, but the Radford lineup he faced today — while slightly better than what he’ll face in the conference play — was not exactly Florida, either. If he doesn’t miss bats, and the velocity stays in the 87-93 range, the chances of him going in the first-round is very slim.
Victor Roache: 3/4 with a walk in the first game of a double-header, taken to the hospital with a wrist injury in the second game — This could be one of the biggest injuries of 2012. Edit: Roache tweeted to Baseball America’s Conor Glassey that he hurt his left year and might be done for the year. That’s a huge loss for the class.
Brian Johnson: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB’s, 2 K’s — Of the many players that get hyped by people that I respect, the one I understand the least is Johnson. He sits 88-90, his slider is above-average and the curve and change-up are less than inspiring. He might be the best left-handed starter in this year’s draft, but I think that says more about the lack of quality than Johnson’s ability.
Mike Zunino: 1/3 with a walk — Zunino left the game with an apparent hamstring injury, but it doesn’t appear serious at this time.
Brett Mooneyham: 8 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB’s, 7 K’s — It’s just great to see Mooneyham back on the mound after his ghastly injury last year.
Stephen Piscotty: 0/4 with a walk
Kenny Diekroeger: 3/3 with two doubles and a walk — While Diekroeger’s swing leaves much to be desired, his hand-eye coordination is still top-notch, and he has always hit lefties well, as evident by his effort vs. Hoby Milner and the Longhorns today.
Deven Marrero: 2/4, both singles
Stephen Perez: 0/2 with a walk and a a strikeout
Richie Shaffer: 3/5 with a strikeout — Good start for the Clemson third-basemen, in a weak year of college bats, he’s one of the few who’s really stood out early.