Good day of college baseball. Don’t forget a new mock next week, and also the start of “The Case For” — where I make a case for five guys to go first in the draft. It’s fun.
Mark Appel: 7 IP, 8 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K’s — This is the Mark Appel that we have been waiting to see all year. He missed bats, he threw his off-speed stuff for strikes, and he didn’t need 130-plus pitches to do it, either. He’s holding his velocity again — clocked at 95 in the seventh inning — and the changeup looked like the above-average offering that it did — at times — last year. More efforts like this, and he’s got a chance to get back into the top pick discussion.
Stephen Piscotty: 1/3 with two walks and a homer — Nice to see Piscotty show some pop and plate discipline, two things that the Cardinal first round probable hasn’t necessarily had on display over the Pac-12 season.
Chris Stratton: 9 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K’s — Stratton came out the victor in his match-up with Ole Miss’ sophomore Bobby Wahl, and continues to move up draft boards.
Kevin Gausman: 6 IP, 10 H, 5 R (3 earned), 0 BB, 9 K’s, 120 pitches — Gausman really struggled in the first two innings, giving up seven hits before retiring his seventh batter, before settling in and pitching a decent ballgame. Still, this is the second straight game of double digit base-runners, even if they were all of the single variety.
Alex Wood: 7 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 2 K’s — Wood also had issues in the early innings against a very good LSU lineup, but you generally want to see first-round guys miss more than two bats over a ball game.
Michael Wacha: 8 IP, 4 H, o ER, 2 BB, 9 K’s — There’s the efficient Wacha we didn’t see last week. Texas’ lineup doesn’t exactly strike fear, but it’s nice to see the Texas A&M right-hander back to where hes been most of the season.
Tyler Naquin: 1/4 with a double and a run
Mike Zunino: 0/4 — Everyone has a rough day, now and then.
Nolan Fontana: 0/4 with three strikeouts — See above.
Richie Shaffer: 1/6 with three strikeouts — Wow, the big bats really struggled today. On the bright side, they faced some pretty good arms (Ryne Stanek, Adam Plutko, etc). but this was not the finest hour for the upper-echelon bats in college baseball…except…
Deven Marrero: 3/5 with a double and a triple — More of this Deven. We need to see more of this.