College Draft Prospects Stat Roundup: Week 8

• Louisville righthander Nick Burdi saw a significant amount of action out of the bullpen over the weekend, throwing nearly five innings and continuing to strike out hitters at a prodigiously high rate against Memphis. He worked 1 2/3 innings on Friday and then the situation aligned for him to throw three full innings on Sunday. The Cardinals rallied from a 7-1 deficit in the eighth inning to tie the game in the ninth, allowing Burdi to take the mound in extra innings. His velocity was 96-100 mph over three innings, hitting 100 multiple times in every frame. Burdi’s 88-92 mph slider was at least a 70-grade offering, according to evaluators. The strong-bodied 6-foot-4, 215 pound Burdi struck out half of the 18 hitters he faced over the weekend. On the season, Burdi has struck out 47.5 percent of all hitters, while walking 8.5 percent. Evaluators believe Burdi, who has an unconventional, if not awkward, delivery, has little chance to start at the professional level, limiting his draft stock. But performances like these help his cause as a potential first-day selection, although the industry has moved away from drafting college closers high over the last five years.

Nick Burdi

Nick Burdi

• Cornell righthander Brent Jones turned in one of the top performances of the weekend, throwing seven scoreless frames against Brown, allowing one hit. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Jones started on five days’ rest and brandished 92-95 mph velocity with a high-70s curveball that has shown above-average potential. Jones, who faced questions about his strike-throwing ability with effort to his delivery, did not walk any of the 26 hitters he faced, striking out seven.

• Although North Carolina State lefthander Carlos Rodon did not allow a walk for the first time this season, his strikeout rate continues to be significantly lower than last year’s loud totals after striking out five of the 36 batters he faced against Clemson. His 2.98 walks per-nine is the lowest rate of his career, although the difference is miniscule compared to his career rate of 3.13. But his strikeout rate this season sits at 9.93 per-nine against last year’s 12.51. On a percentage basis, Rodon struck out more than one-third of all hitters last year (33.9 percent) against one-quarter (25 percent) this season. His next start will be against Duke.

• Sean Newcomb earned run watch: The Hartford lefthander surrendered his first earned run of the season against Maine, ending his stretch of 39 2/3 innings without an earned run to start the season by giving up four earned runs in 6 1/3 innings.

• The Arkansas pitching duo of Chris Oliver and Jalen Beeks have very different body types and repertoires, though both produced similarly exemplary results against South Carolina, combining to strike out 19 with one run allowed in 17 innings. Oliver, who has an athletic, angular build with long extremities at 6-foot-4, 180 pounds, is a hard-throwing righthander with a slider that shows above-average potential. Beeks, a shorter, more physical lefthander with a strong lower half at 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, has a fastball that can reach the low 90s. The two have produced very similar statistical seasons, both averaging 2.2 walks per-nine against with strikeout per-nine ratios between 6.9 and 7.0. Oliver is young for the class and won’t turn 21 until after the draft.

• After allowing a pair of earned runs last weekend against Florida, Louisiana State righthander Aaron Nola threw eight shutout innings against Mississippi State, marking his sixth start in eight trips to the mound without allowing a run, earned or unearned. Nola lowered his ERA to 0.47 on the season. He has struck out one-third of all hitters this spring with a 6.45 strikeout-walk ratio.

• Central Michigan righthander Jordan Foley entered the year with questions about his strike-throwing ability in the rotation after walking 5.5 per-nine over 128 innings in his first two years. Foley has effort in his delivery with some funk and a pronounced head snap from a high arm slot. But his control numbers have improved this year, reducing his walk rate to 3.3 per-nine while keeping his strikeout rate at nearly a punchout an inning (8.8 per-nine). Foley has power stuff, highlighted a fastball that regularly touches 95, with a split that has at least average potential and a slider that flashes above-average. He struck out 10 against Buffalo against two walks in nine innings.

• Kentucky lefthander/first baseman A.J. Reed had another big weekend performance with the bat, hitting a home run in all three games to push his season total to an SEC-high 12. He is hitting .377/.507/.781 with 21 extra-base hits this season despite playing his home games in a pitchers’ park (89 park factor). Reed also has more walks (22) than strikeouts (21). Yet Reed has some length in his swing and some teams still prefer him on the mound, where he limits free passes (2.6 walks per-nine) with a three-pitch mix.

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, as well as many players who have emerged this spring. 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 8 2 3 1 0 3 3 Air Force
Brian Anderson, 2b/3b/of, Arkansas 11 3 5 2 1 1 1 2B (9) South Carolina
Brett Austin, c, North Carolina State 8 1 2 2 0 1 0 2B (7) Clemson
Alex Blandino, 3b, Stanford 10 0 3 0 2 4 0 Oregon State
Garrett Boulware, c, Clemson 8 2 2 0 1 0 0 2 2B (10) North Carolina State
Austin Byler, 3b/1b, Nevada 10 6 4 2 2 3 0 2B (7); 3B (4); HR (4) San Jose State
Matt Chapman, 3b, Cal State Fullerton 11 2 3 4 0 1 0 HR (4) UC Davis
Branden Cogswell, ss, Virginia 13 0 1 0 2 0 0 Pittsburgh
Hunter Cole, of, Georgia 15 1 4 1 5 0 0 2 2B (12) Missouri
Michael Conforto, of, Oregon State 11 3 3 1 4 1 0 HR (2) Stanford
Austin Cousino, of, Kentucky 15 5 5 6 1 1 0 2B (10); HR (3) Florida
Kevin Cron, 1b, Texas Christian 13 0 2 1 1 0 0 West Virginia
J.D. Davis, 1b/3b/rhp, Cal State Fullerton 13 2 7 2 1 0 1 2B (6) UC Davis
Dylan Davis, of/rhp, Oregon State 12 0 1 0 1 1 0 2B (9) Stanford
Dustin DeMuth, 3b, Indiana 7 4 4 3 0 2 0 2B (5); HR (4) Iowa
Brandon Downes, of, Virginia 10 1 3 2 3 1 1 2 2B (7) Pittsburgh
Skyler Ewing, 1b, Rice 12 0 4 0 1 1 0 East Carolina
Dante Flores, 2b/of, Southern California 13 2 5 5 3 0 0 Arizona State
Aramis Garcia, c, Florida International 8 0 1 0 1 0 0 Old Dominion
Casey Gillaspie, 1b, Wichita State 11 3 5 3 0 2 2 3 HR (8) Indiana State
Grayson Greiner, c, South Carolina 10 0 0 0 3 1 0 Arkansas
Rhys Hoskins, 1b/of, Sacramento State 13 2 6 4 2 2 1 3 2B (10) Seattle
Nick Howard, 3b/rhp, Virginia 11 0 2 1 1 1 0 2B (6) Pittsburgh
Connor Joe, c/1b, San Diego 12 2 8 1 2 2 0 4 2B (10); 3B (2) Gonzaga
Ross Kivett, 2b, Kansas State 12 1 2 1 2 1 2 2B (9) Kansas
Mark Laird, of, Louisiana State 10 4 5 5 1 2 1 2 2B (6); 3B (1) Mississippi State
Chris Marconcini, 1b/of, Duke 12 1 2 0 1 1 0 Georgia Tech
Chris Mariscal, ss, Fresno State 12 1 3 0 6 0 0 Nevada Las Vegas
Joey Pankake, 3b/rhp, South Carolina 10 1 1 0 2 2 0 Arkansas
Mike Papi, of/1b, Virginia 11 1 2 0 1 1 0 2B (6) Pittsburgh
Max Pentecost, c, Kennesaw State 14 2 4 3 0 1 0 Florida Gulf Coast
A.J. Reed, 1b/lhp, Kentucky 12 5 8 6 2 1 0 3 2B (8), 3 HR (12) Florida
Mason Robbins, of, Southern Mississippi 12 0 3 0 3 0 0 2B (11) Middle Tennessee State
Kyle Schwarber, c/1b, Indiana 10 2 4 2 1 0 0 2B (6); HR (5) Iowa
Taylor Sparks, 3b/1b, UC Irvine 14 2 5 0 3 2 0 2 2B (8) Hawaii
Michael Suchy, of, Florida Gulf Coast 12 2 4 4 1 0 1 Kennesaw State
Nick Torres, of, Cal Poly 12 1 1 1 2 2 0 UC Santa Barbara
Sam Travis, 1b, Indiana 9 3 4 3 1 0 0 2B (8); 2 HR (2) Iowa
Trea Turner, ss, North Carolina State 8 2 4 2 1 1 1 Clemson
Boo Vazquez, of, Pittsburgh 9 0 0 0 2 1 0 Virginia
Mark Zagunis, c, Virginia Tech 10 3 2 0 1 3 1 2B (6) Miami (FL)
Bradley Zimmer, of, San Francisco 14 2 5 2 2 2 1 2 3B (4) Loyola Marymount

Name, Position, Team IP TBF H R ER BB SO Decision Opponent
A.J. Reed, lhp/1b, Kentucky 7 27 5 0 0 2 3 W (6-1) Florida
A.J. Vanegas, rhp, Stanford 4 17 3 1 1 1 3 L (0-1) Oregon State
Aaron Brown, lhp/of, Pepperdine 8 29 5 1 0 2 7 W (6-1) St. Mary’s (CA)
Aaron Garza, rhp, Houston 5 24 10 5 5 0 3 L (6-2) Rutgers
Aaron Nola, rhp, Louisiana State 8 30 2 0 0 2 10 W (6-1) Mississippi State
Adam Ravenelle, rhp, Vanderbilt 2.2 8 0 0 0 0 3 Tennessee
Andrew Chin, lhp, Boston College 5.1 27 8 7 6 4 4 North Carolina
Andrew Suarez, lhp, Miami 7.2 32 8 3 3 2 3 W (4-1) Virginia Tech
Austin Davis, lhp, Cal State Bakersfield 7.1 39 12 4 3 5 4 L (1-6) Oklahoma
Ben Wetzler, lhp, Oregon State 9 34 4 1 0 3 1 W (6-0) Stanford
Benton Moss, rhp, North Carolina 6 28 8 4 4 1 4 Boston College
Brandon Finnegan, lhp, Texas Christian 5.2 23 4 2 2 3 7 West Virginia
Brandon Woodruff, rhp, Mississippi State 4.1 15 2 0 0 0 4 Louisiana State
Brent Jones, rhp, Cornell 7 26 4 1 0 0 7 W (2-1) Brown
Brett Graves, rhp, Missouri 7.1 32 9 1 1 1 9 Georgia
Carlos Rodon, lhp, North Carolina State 8 36 11 6 3 0 5 L (2-5) Clemson
Chandler Shepherd, rhp, Kentucky 5.1 28 10 7 4 2 1 L (5-2) Florida
Chris Diaz, lhp, Miami 4 25 5 4 2 4 5 Virginia Tech
Chris Ellis, rhp, Mississippi 5.2 26 6 5 1 1 4 Auburn
Chris Oliver, rhp, Arkansas 8 30 4 0 0 2 10 W (3-3) South Carolina
Colin Welmon, rhp, Loyola Marymount 7 28 5 3 2 4 3 San Francisco
Cy Sneed, rhp, Dallas Baptist 6 27 5 1 1 2 3 W (5-1) Illinois State
Daniel Mengden, rhp, Texas A&M 8 34 7 4 4 2 9 L (2-4) Alabama
Daniel Savas, rhp, Illinois State 8 30 5 2 2 2 7 L (7-1) Dallas Baptist
David Lucroy, rhp, East Carolina 4.1 17 3 1 1 2 2 Rice
Dillon Peters, lhp, Texas 6 25 6 3 2 1 9 W (4-2) Baylor
Erick Fedde, rhp, UNLV 7 26 5 0 0 1 11 W (6-1) Fresno State
Jace Fry, lhp, Oregon State 7 30 10 1 1 0 6 W (6-1) Stanford
Jacob Lindgren, lhp, Mississippi State 2 6 0 0 0 0 2 Louisiana State
Jake Reed, rhp, Oregon 1.2 12 1 3 3 4 0 L (2-1) Washington
Jake Stinnett, rhp, Maryland 7 28 5 6 6 2 9 L (3-4) Wake Forest
Jalen Beeks, lhp, Arkansas 9 33 4 1 0 1 9 W (5-2) South Carolina
James Norwood, rhp, Saint Louis 6 25 6 2 2 2 5 St. Bonaventure
Jared Miller, lhp, Vanderbilt 3 19 6 7 2 2 3 Tennessee
Jeff Hoffman, rhp, East Carolina 8 31 7 1 1 1 7 W (2-3) Rice
Jeremy Null, rhp, Western Carolina 8 36 11 4 1 0 8 W (4-1) North Carolina Greensboro
John Curtiss, rhp, Texas 1 4 1 0 0 0 1 Baylor
Jonathan Holder, rhp, Mississippi State 0.1 3 2 1 1 0 0 Louisiana State
Jordan Brink, rhp, Fresno State 6 25 5 3 2 3 5 L (2-2) Nevada Las Vegas
Jordan Foley, lhp, Central Michigan 9 34 6 3 3 2 10 W (4-2) Buffalo
Jordan Ramsey, rhp, UNC Wilmington 5 25 6 6 6 3 4 L (1-3) William and Mary
Karsten Whitson, rhp, Florida 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 Kentucky
Kyle Freeland, lhp, Evansville 9 32 4 2 2 1 15 W (5-1) Charlotte
Luke Weaver, rhp, Florida State 7.2 31 8 4 4 1 8 Notre Dame
Matt Imhof, lhp, Cal Poly 3.1 19 5 7 6 3 4 L (6-2) UC Santa Barbara
Michael Cederoth, rhp, San Diego State 2.2 10 1 2 1 2 3 W (3-1) Air Force
Nick Burdi, rhp, Louisville 4.2 18 2 0 0 2 9 W (2-0); SV (5) Memphis
Nick Howard, rhp/3b, Virginia 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 SV (9) Pittsburgh
Nigel Nootbaar, rhp, Southern California 0.1 4 0 3 3 3 0 Arizona State
Parker French, rhp, Texas 5.1 26 5 3 3 4 4 Baylor
Pat Connaughton, rhp, Notre Dame 5.2 31 7 4 4 7 5 L (0-2) Florida State
Ryan Butler, rhp, Charlotte 9 36 6 1 1 3 3 W (2-4) Evansville
Sam Coonrod, rhp, Southern Illinois 6.1 29 5 5 4 2 5 L (0-4) Bradley
Sam Howard, lhp, Georgia Southern 6 28 8 4 3 2 4 W (4-3) The Citadel
Scott Squier, lhp, Hawaii 4.2 22 5 2 1 1 5 UC Irvine
Sean Newcomb, lhp, Hartford 6.1 27 6 4 4 3 8 Maine
Spencer Turnbull, rhp, Alabama 7 29 5 1 1 2 3 W (4-1) Texas A&M
Tyler Beede, rhp, Vanderbilt 8 32 5 4 4 2 6 W (5-3) Tennessee
Tyler Willman, rhp, Western Illinois 9 37 5 0 0 4 5 W (2-2) Nebraska Omaha
Wyatt Strahan, rhp, Southern California 6 30 6 3 3 5 4 Arizona State
Zach Thompson, rhp, Texas-Arlington 5.1 27 6 1 1 5 5 W (2-3) Louisiana Monroe
Zech Lemond, rhp, Rice 6.2 27 4 1 1 2 4 East Carolina