College Draft Prospects Stat Roundup: Week 9


• North Carolina State lefthander Carlos Rodon turned in arguably his best start of the season against Duke, striking out 12 and getting 25 swinging strikes. His fastball sat 93-96 mph in his first two innings, hitting 97 and 98. The offering settled in at 91-95 mph and he hit 94 and 95 on his three final fastballs of the day. Rodon’s slider was at least a plus-plus offering and garnered 20 whiffs on the day. Rodon showed improved feel for his changeup, which showed the makings of a plus offering with considerable tumble. He demonstrated confidence in the offering by throwing a same-side changeup to the inside part of the plate on a 1-2 count against one of Duke’s best hitters, first baseman Chris Marconcini.

Rodon threw a season-high 134 pitches and is averaging 113 pitches on the season during games with available pitch counts (all but last week’s outing against Clemson). He averaged 112 pitches last season in 19 starts.

• Miami’s top two starters, lefthanders Chris Diaz and Andrew Suarez, dominated Pittsburgh, striking out more than one-third of hitters (34.5 percent) with a 9.5 strikeout-walk ratio. Suarez, who had been up to 96 earlier in the season, has reportedly sat in the low 90s in recent starts, touching higher. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Suarez hides the ball well and produces at least average fastball life, primarily arm-side run and sink. He has shown the makings of above-average control of a four-pitch mix, walking 1.5 per-nine in 64 innings on the year while striking out 6.7.

Diaz is a strike-thrower with a sneaky fastball that sat in the high 80s two weeks ago against North Carolina State, touching 90. He has been up to 92 this spring. His best secondary offering is his low 80s changeup, which he compliments with a slider. Although he entered the year with low career strikeout and walk ratios, both rates have increased. He is striking out 8.2 per-nine against 3.4 walks per-nine.

• Evansville lefthander Kyle Freeland followed up last week’s dominant outing against Charlotte, when he struck out 15, with arguably an even more impressive one against Wichita State. Freeland again struck out 15 without walking a hitter and allowed a lone run on four hits. His fastball sat in the low 90s and touched 94. Freeland, who struck out potential first-rounder Casey Gillaspie twice, continued to fill up the strike zone, as 74 percent of his pitches were strikes and he has a strikeout-to-walk ratio on the year of 18.8.

• Notre Dame righthander Pat Connaughton, who started every game for the basketball team and was third on the team in scoring (13.8 points per-game) and second in rebounding (7.1 rebounds per-game), had his best start this season since coming in late from the basketball season. The long-limbed, 6-foot-5, 214-pound Connaughton, who has a great pitcher’s body, threw a complete game against Boston College, striking out six. Although he has walked (19) more than he has struck out on the year (17), for a walk rate of 6.9 per-nine, Connaughton issued only one walk against Boston College. His fastball has consistently been in the low 90s this season, touching 94, and his secondary stuff lags behind given how little mound time he has accrued.

• Pepperdine lefthander/outfielder Aaron Brown, who sustained injuries last season as a draft-eligible sophomore, continues to control the strike zone, walking two of the 28 hitters he faced against Brigham Young over seven innings. He has walked 2.3 per-nine while striking out 8.9 per-nine. The 6-foot-1, 222-pound Brown has strength throughout his large frame and a powerful lower half. Brown, who has a quick arm and four-pitch mix, has mostly pitched with average fastball velocity this season, according to evaluators. The center fielder is also hitting .328/.372/.569 with 18 extra-base hits.

• San Diego catcher Connor Joe has been a consistent offensive performer since the start of the season. He clubbed another five extra-base hits over the weekend, giving him 23 on the year to go with a triple-slash line of .395/.483/.646. The righthanded hitter has more walks (21) than strikeouts (19). The 6-foot, 205-pound Joe is athletic with a strong, sturdy build and runs well for the position. He can post above-average pop times.

• A hulking slugger at 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, Texas Christian first baseman Kevin Cron has some of the best raw power in the college class, at least plus-plus, but faced questions about his ability to get to that power after hitting .208/.280/.276 with a 21 percent strikeout rate and 5 percent walk rate last season. While questions about his hitting ability remain, the righthanded-hitting Cron displayed that light-tower power in game action over the weekend, hitting a pair of home runs and a double. His strikeout rate has fallen to 15.7 percent with an increase in his walk rate to 8.5 percent, although his line remains at .266/.379/.453. Cron is a bottom-of-the-scale runner with a below-average arm likely limited to first base or designated hitter.

Name, Position, Team AB R H RBI SO BB SB XBH Opponent
Greg Allen, of, San Diego State 13 0 5 0 3 0 1 Nevada
Brian Anderson, 2b/3b/of, Arkansas 11 0 3 3 4 2 1 2B (10) Louisiana State
Brett Austin, c, North Carolina State 13 2 3 1 3 1 1 2B (8) Duke
Alex Blandino, 3b, Stanford 12 2 4 2 2 1 1 HR (4) Washington
Garrett Boulware, c, Clemson 10 1 3 3 1 2 0 HR (3) Virginia
Austin Byler, 3b/1b, Nevada 12 1 4 1 3 2 0 3B (5); HR (6) San Diego State
Matt Chapman, 3b/rhp, Cal State Fullerton 10 1 3 3 0 1 2 UC Santa Barbara
Branden Cogswell, ss, Virginia 10 1 3 0 0 2 0 2B (4) Clemson
Hunter Cole, of, Georgia 7 3 3 1 3 2 0 2B (13) Tennessee
Michael Conforto, of, Oregon State 12 6 6 3 1 2 0 Washington State
Austin Cousino, of, Kentucky 15 3 4 0 2 0 1 Missouri
Kevin Cron, 1b, Texas Christian 11 3 4 4 3 2 0 2B (10); 2 HR (4) Kansas
J.D. Davis, 1b/3b/rhp, Cal State Fullerton 12 2 3 2 5 2 0 2B (7) UC Santa Barbara
Dylan Davis, of/rhp, Oregon State 13 2 4 5 0 1 0 2B (10) Washington State
Dustin DeMuth, 3b, Indiana 11 2 6 2 2 1 1 2B (6); HR (5) Morehead State
Brandon Downes, of, Virginia 10 1 1 0 3 0 0 Clemson
Skyler Ewing, 1b, Rice 12 2 5 2 1 2 0 2B (8) Tulane
Dante Flores, 2b/of, Southern California 11 3 3 2 1 2 0 HR (2) Utah
Aramis Garcia, c, Florida International 8 1 2 4 3 3 0 2B (11); HR (6) Louisiana Tech
Casey Gillaspie, 1b, Wichita State 10 3 4 2 2 3 0 Evansville
Grayson Greiner, c, South Carolina 11 1 3 3 2 3 0 2B (6) Florida
Rhys Hoskins, of, Sacramento State 11 1 4 4 1 2 0 2B (11); HR (6) Grand Canyon
Nick Howard, 3b/rhp, Virginia 9 2 1 0 2 1 0 Clemson
Connor Joe, c/1b, San Diego 15 5 6 6 0 2 0 4 2B (15); HR (6) Portland
Ross Kivett, 2b, Kansas State 10 3 2 0 2 3 3 Texas Tech
Mark Laird, of, Louisiana State 12 1 1 1 2 2 1 Arkansas
Chris Marconcini, 1b/of, Duke 10 1 2 1 2 3 0 2B (7) North Carolina State
Chris Mariscal, ss, Fresno State 10 1 3 2 1 3 0 2 2B (7) New Mexico
Joey Pankake, 3b/rhp, South Carolina 12 2 4 1 1 2 0 2B (6) Florida
Mike Papi, of/1b, Virginia 7 0 1 1 2 3 0 Clemson
Max Pentecost, c, Kennesaw State 12 5 8 6 0 1 2 2 2B (15); 2 HR (5) Stetson
Mason Robbins, of, Southern Mississippi 12 1 1 0 1 2 0 Alabama-Birmingham
Kyle Schwarber, c/1b, Indiana 12 6 7 5 1 2 1 2 2B (8); 3B (3); HR (6) Morehead State
Taylor Sparks, 3b/1b, UC Irvine 10 4 3 2 3 2 0 2 3B (6) Cal State Northridge
Michael Suchy, of, Florida Gulf Coast 14 2 4 2 1 0 0 Jacksonville
Nick Torres, of, Cal Poly 14 2 4 2 2 1 1 2B (11) Hawaii
Sam Travis, 1b, Indiana 13 5 4 6 1 1 1 2B (9); 2 HR (5) Morehead State
Trea Turner, ss, North Carolina State 9 5 2 2 1 5 3 2B (5) Duke
Boo Vazquez, of, Pittsburgh 9 0 1 0 5 0 0 2B (4) Miami (FL)
Mark Zagunis, c, Virginia Tech 13 2 8 0 0 0 1 2 2B (9) Maryland
Bradley Zimmer, of, San Francisco 16 0 5 2 2 2 1 Pacific

Name, Position, Team IP TBF H R ER BB SO Decision Opponent
Tyler Beede, rhp, Vanderbilt 5 27 9 7 4 4 4 L (5-4) Texas A&M
Jalen Beeks, lhp, Arkansas 8 33 7 4 3 1 7 Louisiana State
Jeff Brigham, rhp, Washington 5.1 24 7 6 3 0 5 L (4-1) Stanford
Jordan Brink, rhp, Fresno State 6.1 31 9 4 4 4 1 New Mexico
Aaron Brown, lhp/of, Pepperdine 7 28 5 1 1 2 7 W (7-1) Brigham Young
Nick Burdi, rhp, Louisville 2.1 10 0 0 0 1 2 2 SV (7) Houston
Michael Cederoth, rhp, San Diego State 1 5 1 0 0 1 2 Nevada
Andrew Chin, lhp, Boston College 6.2 27 9 4 4 1 2 L (2-2) Notre Dame
Pat Connaughton, rhp, Notre Dame 9 35 6 2 2 1 6 W (1-2) Boston College
Sam Coonrod, rhp, Southern Illinois 8 31 3 0 0 4 9 Indiana State
John Curtiss, rhp, Texas 3 12 1 0 0 2 2 SV (5) Oklahoma
J.D. Davis, 1b/3b/rhp, Cal State Fullerton 2 6 0 0 0 1 0 W (2-1) UC Santa Barbara
Austin Davis, lhp, Cal State Bakersfield 7 28 3 0 0 2 9 W (2-6) Chicago State
Chris Diaz, lhp, Miami 6 25 6 2 2 1 10 W (6-0) Pittsburgh
Chris Ellis, rhp, Mississippi 6.2 28 8 1 1 1 2 W (5-0) Mississippi State
Erick Fedde, rhp, UNLV 7 27 3 1 1 2 8 W (7-1) San Jose State
Brandon Finnegan, lhp, Texas Christian 5 26 8 2 2 2 4 W (6-2) Kansas
Jordan Foley, rhp, Central Michigan 7 32 8 6 1 0 6 Bowling Green
Kyle Freeland, lhp, Evansville 8 29 4 1 0 0 15 W (6-1) Wichita State
Parker French, rhp, Texas 5.2 27 8 8 3 2 1 Oklahoma
Jace Fry, lhp, Oregon State 8 33 3 1 1 5 6 W (7-1) Washington State
Aaron Garza, rhp, Houston 6.1 28 6 4 1 2 5 L (6-3) Louisville
Daniel Gossett, rhp, Clemson 7 29 5 1 1 3 4 W (4-0) Virginia
Brett Graves, rhp, Missouri 6 29 7 5 4 3 3 Kentucky
Jeff Hoffman, rhp, East Carolina 6.1 27 8 3 2 0 4 Old Dominion
Jonathan Holder, rhp, Mississippi State 2.1 13 6 3 3 0 3 Mississippi
Nick Howard, rhp/3b, Virginia 2 7 1 0 0 0 3 2 SV (11) Clemson
Sam Howard, lhp, Georgia Southern 5 20 5 3 3 2 4 L (4-4) North Carolina Greensboro
Matt Imhof, lhp, Cal Poly 6 27 5 2 2 3 7 W (7-2) Hawaii
Brent Jones, rhp, Cornell 5.1 25 4 4 2 2 4 L (2-1) Pennsylvania
Jacob Lindgren, lhp, Mississippi State 3.1 15 3 1 1 2 5 Mississippi
David Lucroy, rhp, East Carolina 1 7 2 2 2 2 1 Old Dominion
Daniel Mengden, rhp, Texas A&M 3 18 8 6 6 2 3 L (2-4) Vanderbilt
Jared Miller, lhp, Vanderbilt 4 19 6 4 4 3 2 Texas A&M
Benton Moss, rhp, North Carolina 6.1 29 6 3 3 3 3 Wake Forest
Sean Newcomb, lhp, Hartford 5.1 23 8 4 4 1 3 L (3-2) Rutgers
Aaron Nola, rhp, Louisiana State 7 28 4 2 2 2 13 W (7-1) Arkansas
James Norwood, rhp, Saint Louis 8 31 7 3 3 0 7 L (4-1) Massachusetts
Jeremy Null, rhp, Western Carolina 7 29 4 2 2 3 8 W (5-1) Furman
Chris Oliver, rhp, Arkansas 7 32 4 4 4 7 1 W (4-3) Louisiana State
Dillon Peters, lhp, Texas 7 29 7 2 2 3 3 W (5-2) Oklahoma
A.J. Reed, lhp/1b, Kentucky 7 33 9 5 4 1 10 Missouri
Jake Reed, rhp, Oregon 2 9 2 2 2 1 1 2 SV (9) UC Riverside
Carlos Rodon, lhp, North Carolina State 7.2 32 6 2 1 3 12 L (2-6) Duke
Daniel Savas, rhp, Illinois State 2 8 3 0 0 0 4 Webster University
Cy Sneed, rhp, Dallas Baptist 6.1 28 6 3 3 4 3 W (6-1) Baylor
Scott Squier, lhp, Hawaii 7.1 35 9 6 3 3 6 L (2-3) Cal Poly
Jake Stinnett, rhp, Maryland 8 35 9 3 2 3 8 L (3-5) Virginia Tech
Wyatt Strahan, rhp, Southern California 7 31 2 2 2 3 11 Utah
Andrew Suarez, lhp, Miami 9 30 3 0 0 1 9 Pittsburgh
Zach Thompson, rhp, Texas-Arlington 5.1 23 5 3 3 3 4 Georgia State
Spencer Turnbull, rhp, Alabama 7 29 4 2 2 2 6 L (4-2) Auburn
A.J. Vanegas, rhp, Stanford 2 7 1 0 0 0 2 SV (3) Washington
Luke Weaver, rhp, Florida State 7 29 6 5 4 2 5 L (5-3) Georgia Tech
Colin Welmon, rhp, Loyola Marymount 7 30 6 3 2 3 6 W (5-2) St. Mary’s (CA)
Ben Wetzler, lhp, Oregon State 5.1 29 6 4 2 6 3 L (6-1) Washington State
Karsten Whitson, rhp, Florida 2.2 12 1 1 0 2 0 South Carolina
Tyler Willman, rhp, Western Illinois 5 25 5 6 6 4 3 Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne
Brandon Woodruff, rhp, Mississippi State 2.1 16 7 7 6 2 0 Mississippi

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