College Draft Prospects Stat Roundup: Week 5

• Aaron Fitt covered the top pitching matchups of the weekend in his Saturday roundup. The standouts this weekend were pitchers who continued to control and strike-throwing ability.

• Obligatory Brandon Finnegan strikeout update: the Texas Christian lefthander struck out 10 of the 23 Dartmouth hitters he faced. Finnegan has struck out more than 10 hitters in four of his five starts, the other being a nine-punchout performance. He ran his fastball up to 96 on Friday and has struck out 40 percent of batters he’s faced, with a nearly 8:1 strikeout-walk ratio.

• Oregon State’s duo of pitchability lefthanders with four pitches, Ben Wetzler and Jace Fry, continues to perform at a high level. They have combined to allow one earned run (0.26 ERA) and six hits in 34 innings against Utah and Northern Illinois, against whom Fry threw a no-hitter. On the season, they have combined to walk 1.5 per-nine with a 4:1 strikeout-walk ratio. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Wetzler’s fastball has been in the high 80s this spring to go with multiple offspeed pitches that have average potential.

The strong, 6-foot, 197-pound Fry has pitched in the 88-91 mph range, touching 92 with at least average fastball movement. His slider and changeup have average potential, with the slider being the superior offering.

• Another control-type lefthander, Georgia Southern’s Sam Howard, has demonstrated strong strike-throwing ability. Howard allowed one run in seven innings against Elon and allowed only one walk against eight strikeouts. This season, Howard has a 9.5 strikeout-walk ratio while allowing 1.1 walks per-nine. The long, loose 6-foot-3, 183-pound lefthander sits 88-91 with his fastball and touches 92 to go with a low-80s changeup and breaking ball.

• Virginia righthander Nick Howard has thrived pitching out of the bullpen this year after starting 12 games last season. Howard’s fastball velocity has continued to climb, running his fastball up to 97 mph in recent weeks. He has struck out 46 percent of all hitters (37) on the season and has not allowed a walk in 10 innings.

• Four-pitch righthander Colin Welmon continued to limit free passes, not walking any of the 30 hitters he faced against Portland. In 37 innings this season, Welmon has walked only three hitters (0.7 walks per-nine) with a 9:1 strikeout-walk ratio. Welmon creates downhill plane from a high three-quarters arm slot and creates tough angles by pitching from the far third base side of the rubber and throwing across his body. His fastball has sat in the high 80s and touched 92 mph. His curveball and changeup show the makings of average offerings. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Welmon has a strong lower half a room to get stronger in his upper body.

• UC Irvine corner infielder Taylor Sparks hit his first two home runs of the year against Nebraska. The strong-bodied 6-foot-4, 215-pound Sparks has plus raw power and entered the year with an isolated slugging of .200. He is hitting .342/.402/.562, but Sparks continues to swing and miss at a high rate without walking much. Sparks has struck out in 26 percent of his plate appearances this season versus a 7-percent walk rate.

Here are all of the weekend stats for the nation’s top draft-eligible college players. Any player who appeared on the College Top 100 in November who played in a game over the weekend is listed below in alphabetical order. A handful of players directly outside of the top 100 were added to the list to make up for top 100 players who did not play over the weekend. The stats, save for total batters faced, were collected by CollegeSplits.com. Follow CollegeSplits on Twitter @collegesplits.

 

Name, Position, Team AB R H RBI SO BB SB XBH Opponent
Greg Allen, of, San Diego State 11 3 2 1 1 5 2 2B (6) Purdue
Brian Anderson, 2b/3b/of, Arkansas 10 1 2 3 3 0 0 2B (5) Florida
Brett Austin, c, North Carolina State 15 3 7 1 3 1 0 Florida State
Austin Byler, 3b/1b, Nevada 12 4 4 4 2 3 2 3B (2); HR (2) Hawaii
Matt Chapman, 3b/rhp, Cal State Fullerton 13 2 2 2 1 1 0 2B (6) St. Mary’s (CA)
Branden Cogswell, ss, Virginia 11 2 3 0 1 3 1 2B (3) Boston College
Hunter Cole, of, Georgia 13 0 4 1 3 0 0 2B (8) Mississippi State
Michael Conforto, of, Oregon State 10 4 5 4 1 3 0 2B (6); HR (1) Utah
Austin Cousino, of, Kentucky 14 2 4 2 0 0 1 HR (2) Alabama
Kevin Cron, 1b, Texas Christian 11 3 4 3 2 0 0 2 2B (6) Dartmouth
J.D. Davis, 1b/3b/rhp, Cal State Fullerton 12 1 6 3 1 4 0 St. Mary’s (CA)
Dylan Davis, of/rhp, Oregon State 14 2 6 1 4 1 0 2B (4) Utah
Dustin DeMuth, 3b, Indiana 11 1 3 1 2 0 0 Long Beach State
Brandon Downes, of, Virginia 13 0 3 0 1 1 0 2B (4) Boston College
Dante Flores, 2b/of, Southern California 8 0 2 0 2 0 0 Oregon
Aramis Garcia, c, Florida International 12 2 5 0 3 4 1 2 2B (7) Rice
Casey Gillaspie, 1b, Wichita State 14 3 4 1 3 0 0 2B (6); HR (4) UC Santa Barbara
Grayson Greiner, c, South Carolina 11 1 3 1 0 2 0 Mississippi
Scott Heineman, 3b/of, Oregon 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 Southern California
Rhys Hoskins, of, Sacramento State 6 1 1 0 3 2 0 Minnesota
Nick Howard, 3b/rhp, Virginia 10 1 3 1 0 1 0 Boston College
Connor Joe, c/1b, San Diego 9 4 3 2 3 1 0 HR (5) Brigham Young
Ross Kivett, 2b, Kansas State 14 5 6 5 1 1 1 2 2B (5) Northern Colorado
Mark Laird, of, Louisiana State 12 0 1 1 3 0 0 Vanderbilt
Chris Marconcini, 1b/of, Duke 11 1 1 2 1 2 0 2B (5) Notre Dame
Chris Mariscal, ss, Fresno State 15 1 4 3 2 0 0 New Mexico
Joey Pankake, 3b/rhp, South Carolina 12 1 5 1 1 2 0 2B (4) Mississippi
Mike Papi, of/1b, Virginia 12 1 3 2 3 3 0 Boston College
Max Pentecost, c, Kennesaw State 12 0 3 0 2 1 2 2B (7) Mercer
Mason Robbins, of, Southern Mississippi 7 1 1 0 2 2 0 Marshall
Kyle Schwarber, c/1b, Indiana 13 0 2 1 1 1 0 Long Beach State
Taylor Sparks, 3b/1b, UC Irvine 13 3 5 4 2 0 1 2 HR (2) Nebraska
Michael Suchy, of, Florida Gulf Coast 13 4 4 2 3 1 2 HR (1) Florida A&M
Nick Torres, of, Cal Poly 14 3 5 0 1 0 0 Wagner
Sam Travis, 1b, Indiana 12 1 4 0 0 1 0 Long Beach State
Trea Turner, ss, North Carolina State 16 2 3 2 2 0 0 2B (2); HR (1) Florida State
Boo Vazquez, of, Pittsburgh 13 4 6 7 0 2 0 2 HR (3) Virginia Tech
Bradley Zimmer, of, San Francisco 11 5 6 2 1 0 3 HR (4) Gonzaga

 

Name, Position, Team IP TBF H R ER BB SO Decision Opponent
Tyler Beede, rhp, Vanderbilt 7.1 25 3 2 0 1 7 L (4-1) Louisiana State
Jalen Beeks, lhp, Arkansas 4.2 22 6 2 2 3 3 L (3-2) Florida
Jordan Brink, rhp, Fresno State 5.1 24 4 4 2 3 5 New Mexico
Aaron Brown, lhp/of, Pepperdine 6.2 32 9 6 6 4 6 L (3-1) Pacific
Nick Burdi, rhp, Louisville 1 3 0 0 0 0 3 SV (2) Samford
Michael Cederoth, rhp, San Diego State 1 7 3 2 2 1 0 SV (7) Purdue
Andrew Chin, lhp, Boston College 5 23 4 1 1 4 4 Virginia
Pat Connaughton, rhp, Notre Dame 3 13 3 0 0 2 1 Duke
Sam Coonrod, rhp, Southern Illinois 4 19 7 4 4 2 2 L (0-2) Illinois
John Curtiss, rhp, Texas 2 10 2 0 0 0 2 SV (4) Kansas
J.D. Davis, 1b/3b/rhp, Cal State Fullerton 0.1 2 0 0 0 0 0 SV (1) St. Mary’s (CA)
Austin Davis, lhp, Cal State Bakersfield 6 27 9 4 4 2 2 L (1-3) Grand Canyon
Chris Ellis, rhp, Mississippi 5.1 30 10 4 3 3 1 W (3-0) South Carolina
Erick Fedde, rhp, UNLV 7 29 7 1 0 2 5 W (3-1) San Jose State
Brandon Finnegan, lhp, Texas Christian 7 23 2 0 0 1 10 W (3-2) Dartmouth
Parker French, rhp, Texas 5.1 27 7 3 3 3 3 L (2-2) Kansas
Jace Fry, lhp, Oregon State 9 29 3 0 0 0 6 W (4-0) Utah
Aaron Garza, rhp, Houston 7 27 6 3 3 0 3 W (5-0) Towson
Daniel Gossett, rhp, Clemson 6 24 2 2 2 4 4 Wake Forest
Jeff Hoffman, rhp, East Carolina 6.1 28 7 6 5 2 5 L (0-3) Tulane
Jonathan Holder, rhp, Mississippi State 1.1 6 2 0 0 0 3 SV (2) Georgia
Nick Howard, rhp/3b, Virginia 2.1 9 2 0 0 0 5 W (1-0) Boston College
Sam Howard, lhp, Georgia Southern 7 25 4 1 1 1 8 L (3-2) Elon
Matt Imhof, lhp, Cal Poly 8 32 3 1 1 3 14 W (4-1) Wagner
Logan Jernigan, rhp, North Carolina State 4.1 21 3 3 3 5 5 L (3-1) Florida State
Brent Jones, rhp, Cornell 1.1 13 7 6 6 3 1 James Madison
Zech Lemond, rhp, Rice 8 35 8 2 2 2 5 Florida International
Jacob Lindgren, lhp, Mississippi State 3 11 1 0 0 1 4 W (2-0) Georgia
Daniel Mengden, rhp, Texas A&M 7.2 36 9 4 4 2 4 L (2-3) Auburn
Jared Miller, lhp, Vanderbilt 6.2 23 2 1 1 1 2 W (5-0) Louisiana State
Benton Moss, rhp, North Carolina 7.1 30 3 2 2 5 4 Maryland
Sean Newcomb, lhp, Hartford 7 24 2 0 0 3 8 Sacred Heart
Aaron Nola, rhp, Louisiana State 6.2 28 6 1 1 2 12 Vanderbilt
Nigel Nootbaar, rhp, Southern California 2.2 10 1 0 0 2 1 Oregon
James Norwood, rhp, Saint Louis 5 26 8 4 4 4 6 Memphis
Jeremy Null, rhp, Western Carolina 7 31 9 5 3 2 9 Rider
Chris Oliver, rhp, Arkansas 2 9 3 1 0 0 0 Florida
Ashton Perritt, rhp/of, Liberty 5 18 4 1 1 1 6 L (0-1) Campbell
Dillon Peters, lhp, Texas 7.1 28 5 1 1 1 3 W (2-1) Kansas
Adam Ravenelle, rhp, Vanderbilt 1.1 6 2 2 2 0 1 Louisiana State
A.J. Reed, lhp/1b, Kentucky 7 27 4 3 3 4 6 L (3-1) Alabama
Jake Reed, rhp, Oregon 1.2 7 0 0 0 1 3 Southern California
Austin Robichaux, rhp, Louisiana-Lafayette 9 35 4 1 1 2 10 W (3-1) Louisiana Monroe
Carlos Rodon, lhp, North Carolina State 6.2 30 5 2 2 4 12 L (2-3) Florida State
Daniel Savas, rhp, Illinois State 6 24 2 2 1 3 6 W (5-0) Western Illinois
Chandler Shepherd, rhp, Kentucky 7.2 34 9 2 2 0 5 W (4-0) Alabama
Ben Smith, lhp, Coastal Carolina 6 28 8 3 3 2 5 L (1-3) High Point
Cy Sneed, rhp, Dallas Baptist 8 29 5 0 0 2 7 W (3-1) Missouri State
Scott Squier, lhp, Hawaii 7.2 34 6 2 2 3 6 Nevada
Wyatt Strahan, rhp, Southern California 7.2 32 7 2 1 1 7 W (1-2) Oregon
Andrew Suarez, lhp, Miami 9 34 4 2 2 2 7 Georgia Tech
Zach Thompson, rhp, Texas-Arlington 7.2 33 9 3 3 1 9 L (1-3) Texas State
Spencer Turnbull, rhp, Alabama 7.1 27 4 0 0 5 3 W (2-1) Kentucky
Luke Weaver, rhp, Florida State 6.1 28 7 1 1 2 7 W (4-1) North Carolina State
Colin Welmon, rhp, Loyola Marymount 8 30 6 1 1 0 6 W (3-1) Portland
Ben Wetzler, lhp, Oregon State 8 28 2 1 1 2 3 W (3-0) Utah
Karsten Whitson, rhp, Florida 1 7 2 2 2 1 2 Arkansas
Tyler Willman, rhp, Western Illinois 6 27 6 3 3 4 2 Illinois State

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