Papi, Mike

What To Watch For — April 11-13

We find ourselves deep into the college baseball season. Not long from now, it seems, we will be starting conference tournaments. There, as always, is plenty of great college baseball to watch this weekend. Let us quickly touch on some of the names you will see in the upcoming draft.

Derek Fisher, Brandon Downes, Mike Papi, and the Wahoos host a scrappy Clemson team that has not gone away in the ACC all year. Papi is having another solid year offensively for Virginia, currently he leads the team in batting average (.330), home runs (6), and runs batted in (30). Brandon Downes is displaying some pop as well, as he trails on Papi in home runs with four. Read more »

Max Fried

Top 14 in ’14: San Diego Padres

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Just a few years ago, this was ranked as one of — if not the — best systems in baseball, and with good reason. While this is still a top ten system, some of the shine has been lost, thanks in some part to natural attrition/promotion, and thanks in large part to some stalled developments, particularly with their 2011 and 2012 draft class. Still, few teams have more quality and quantity of pitching than San Diego does, and there’s some intriguing offensive weapons here as well. It may not compete with the Houston’s or Minnesota’s, but this is still a quality group, better than every other system sans Colorado in the NL West.

Rank Name Position Bats/Throws Height/Weight
1 Austin Hedges C R/R 6-1 / 190
It’s amazing to think back to the 2011 draft, when the Padres took both Hedges and Brent Austin on day one — with most believing that the Austin was the more likely prospect to sign with Hedges likely headed to UCLA. With all due respect to the current NC State backstop, San Diego is awfully fortunate that it ended up the other way around.
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Holmes, Grant

The Rundown — April 4

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Nathan Kirby — LHP Virginia — I’d be remiss if I didn’t lead this Rundown with the no-hitter thrown by Virginia sophomore Nathan Kirby. The Cavaliers’ southpaw shut down Pitt en route to arguably the most dominating pitching performance we’ve seen all season. Kirby struck out 18 (!) Panthers while walking just one. He also threw 87 (!) strikes over his 122-pitch performance. Kirby won’t be draft eligible until next season but I’d say there are gonna be a few more scouts at Virginia’s Friday night contests for the rest of the year after this outing. Read more »