Some good stuff today in college baseball, though as so often happens, we saw a good portion of the schedule wiped out.
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Mark Appel: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB’s, 10 K’s — You wanted strikeouts, you got them. Appel was outstanding through the first four innings, and battled through some control issues over the final three innings to put up a much more encouraging start than last week. Texas is not a strong offensive team, but they aren’t exactly chopped liver, either. More starts like this will solidify the Cardinal right-hander’s position near the top of draft boards.
Stephen Piscotty: 1/5 with a run
Lucas Giolito — 4 IP 1 H, 4 K’s — Fastball was clocked as high as 98, and sat in the 94-96 range. That will serve him very, very well.
Michael Wacha: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB’s, 11 K’s — If Wacha had even an average-breaking ball, he’d be a top five lock. As is, he’s got plus command with a very good change-up, and he will eat up bad lineups like the won he faced all year. The real test will come when he faces some of the more difficult lineups in the Big-12, but a very encouraging start to Wacha’s year.
Mike Zunino: 1/3 with a run and a hit-by-pitch
Nolan Fontana: 3/4 with a double and a strikeout — Don’t be surprised if Fontana is on the next edition of The Board. He plays a solid SS, he can run, and is baseball IQ is off the charts. Not much in terms of power, but he’s one of the more underrated players in college-baseball now.
Hudson Randall: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB’s, 4 K’s
Buck Farmer: 6 IP 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB’s, 13 K’s — Was a mixed bag for Farmer, struggled with command/control in half of his innings, but was lights-out in the other three, as evidence by the 13 K’s. He’s more of a top 100 guy than a first-round candidate, but more starts like this will raise the profile.
Brady Rodgers: 7 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB’s, 9 K’s — Rodgers doesn’t walk anyone (he walked nine batters in all of 2011) — but the command is only above-average and the repertoire only average. Still an arm to keep an eye on because he won’t get himself in trouble with base on balls.
Deven Marrero: 2/4 with two runs and a stolen base — He also made two outstanding defensive plays. I’m still not sold on the bat, however.
Kyle Zimmer: 5 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 BB’s 5 K’s — Zimmer’s results were good, but reports are that his velocity was considerably lower than the 94-98 he was last week. A definitely first-round candidate, but there’s some cause for concern about the fluctuating velocity.
Marcus Stroman: 7 IP 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB’s, 10 K’s — Stroman was not good last week, so this was a nice rebound for the Duke right-hander. Canisius is far from a baseball power, but reports are that Stroman held his velocity well into the middle-innings, and his slider was firm. He’s a reliever, but it was good to see his control and command back at the level that it was with Team USA in the summer.
Adam Brett Walker: 2/4 with a homer and two walks
Pat Light: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB’s, 1 K — Thanks to a tornado watch, I was unable to make it out to see Light throw Friday, but it doesn’t look like I missed his best effort. Some of this might have been due to the inclement weather and the delay, but Monmouth doesn’t play a top-notch schedule, and the right-hander missed a real opportunity to impress yesterday afternoon.