Stats For Top 200 College Hitters On Friday Nights

Most college aces—such as the righthanders at the top of the BA Top 200 draft prospects list, Stanford's Mark Appel, LSU's Kevin Gausman and San Francisco's Kyle Ziimmer—pitch on Friday nights. To study the hitters in the college class, we decided to take a look at how the college hitters from the Top 200 did during the opening game of a weekend series.

The assumption made in this study is college coaches use their best pitcher on Fridays. Now that’s not always the case, and there are many differences between competition levels and playing environments that factor into the equation, especially with such a small sample size.

Still, it’s interesting to examine and a few of the numbers really stand out. Clemson third baseman Richie Shaffer walked 21 times in the opening game of a weekend series, while Stanford third baseman/outfielder Stephen Piscotty didn’t draw a single walk in those games.

Of Florida catcher Mike Zunino’s 19 hits in the opening game of a weekend series, 61 percent of them went for extra bases. His .310/.354/.603 line on Friday nights looks better than his .255/.336/.509 line in Southeastern Conference play this season.
The following chart was compiled with the help of Baseball America intern John Sandberg. One Saturday game was included in Richie Shaffer’s statistics to include a start against North Carolina State freshman Carlos Rodon, and an extra game was included in Zunino’s line to include a start against Kevin Gausman, since the spirit of the study is to look at how hitters do against the best pitchers.

 

PLAYER POS SCHOOL AB H 2B 3B HR BB HBP SF AVG OBP SLG OPS
Adam Brett Walker OF/1B Jacksonville 53 25 6 0 4 8 1 0 .472 .548 .811 1.360
James Ramsey OF Florida State 49 19 3 3 4 15 1 1 .388 .530 .816 1.347
Mitch Haniger OF Cal Poly 46 19 5 1 3 11 0 3 .413 .500 .761 1.261
Brandon Thomas OF Georgia Tech 47 21 6 1 1 8 2 1 .447 .534 .681 1.215
Preston Beck OF Texas-Arlington 51 21 3 1 3 11 3 2 .412 .522 .686 1.209
Richie Shaffer 3B Clemson 49 19 5 2 1 21 1 1 .388 .569 .633 1.202
Matt Reynolds 3B Arkansas 52 22 6 0 2 7 0 0 .423 .492 .654 1.145
Cameron Perkins 3B Purdue 55 20 3 0 5 3 3 1 .364 .419 .691 1.110
Alex Yarbrough 2B Mississippi 59 26 8 0 1 3 0 0 .441 .468 .627 1.095
Tom Murphy C Buffalo 53 16 4 1 5 7 0 0 .302 .383 .698 1.081
Travis Jankowski OF Stony Brook 42 18 2 0 1 6 1 0 .429 .510 .548 1.058
Stephen Piscotty OF/3B Stanford 58 23 4 1 2 0 2 0 .397 .417 .603 1.020
Max Muncy 1B Baylor 41 14 3 0 2 8 1 1 .341 .451 .561 1.012
Tyler Naquin OF Texas A&M 62 24 6 1 1 4 2 1 .387 .435 .565 .999
Kevin Plawecki C Purdue 56 21 7 0 1 4 1 1 .375 .419 .554 .973
Torsten Boss 3B Michigan State 53 19 4 0 2 5 2 2 .358 .419 .547 .967
Tony Renda 2B California 54 19 8 0 0 9 2 0 .352 .462 .500 .962
Mike Zunino C Florida 58 18 8 0 3 5 0 2 .310 .354 .603 .957
Peter O'Brien C Miami 33 10 1 0 2 6 1 0 .303 .425 .515 .940
Josh Elander C/OF Texas Christian 48 13 3 1 2 14 0 0 .271 .435 .500 .935
Barrett Barnes OF Texas Tech 44 12 4 0 3 4 0 0 .273 .333 .568 .902
L.J. Mazzilli 2B Connecticut 59 17 6 2 1 5 1 0 .288 .354 .508 .862
Deven Marrero SS Arizona State 58 17 3 2 2 4 0 0 .293 .339 .517 .856
Jeff Gelalich OF UCLA 55 19 2 0 1 5 1 0 .345 .410 .436 .846
Ronnie Freeman C Kennesaw State 50 17 2 0 0 9 1 2 .340 .435 .380 .815
Chris Taylor SS Virginia 52 15 3 1 1 7 0 1 .288 .367 .442 .809
Jeremy Baltz OF St. John's 53 18 1 1 0 5 1 0 .340 .407 .396 .803
Joey DeMichele 2B Arizona State 54 16 2 2 0 6 0 0 .296 .367 .407 .774
Beau Amaral OF UCLA 60 15 0 1 2 3 4 1 .250 .324 .383 .707
Patrick Wisdom 3B St. Mary's 40 8 1 1 1 8 1 0 .200 .347 .350 .697
Micah Johnson 2B Indiana 18 3 3 0 0 2 0 0 .167 .250 .333 .583
Kenny Diekroeger 2B Stanford 51 12 0 1 0 0 2 1 .235 .259 .275 .534

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