College Draft Prospects Stat Roundup: Week 4

Cal Poly second baseman Mark Mathias is undeniably one of the best hitters in this year's draft class. With his unique combination of bat speed and ability to recognize pitches, Mathias entered the season looking to prove himself defensively. His draft profile would be much more appealing if he could convince scouts that he could stick at second base long term. Then, with his defensive future already unclear, Mathias had shoulder surgery, and was expected to miss the first full month of the college season.

The term "labrum surgery" is cringe-inducing in the baseball community. It's usually a term applied to pitchers, and it can be the kiss of death to a player's arm strength and throwing velocity. Mathias, however, had a small SLAP (superior labrum tear from anterior to posterior) tear, about one centimeter in size. Labrum surgeries begin with an examination of the damage, and while Mathias was expecting to miss more significant time, he was pleasantly relieved to find out that his labrum had not fully torn from his biceps tendon, meaning that he could be back on the field and throwing relatively early in the season.

Mathias has returned faster than expected, and he's hit the ground running; through five games, all as a designated hitter, he's 9-for-23.

"My shoulder feels great. After surgery I hit physical therapy pretty tough and got my shoulder back to full potential and started swinging (in games) on Feb. 24, and started my throwing program about a week ago,” he said. “So I'll be cleared to throw March 24."

• Texas A&M righthander Grayson Long tossed seven dominant innings this weekend, striking out 10 in a gem against Houston. Armed with a 6-foot-5, 215-pound pitcher's body, Long worked in the low 90s, touching 93. His fastball is his main weapon right now, while his changeup and curveball are both below average pitches.

• "Video game numbers" wouldn't do justice for what Cal State Fullerton's Thomas Eshelman has accomplished thus far. He's walked more than one batter in an outing only twice in his career, including his two-walk "struggle" against Baylor last weekend. Eshelman used his deceptive upper 80s fastball to strike out 14 in a masterful performance against Texas Tech this weekend.

• Boston College slugger Chris Shaw has reached base in 35 consecutive games. He doesn't always make contact, but when he does, the ball jumps off his bat. Shaw's raw power is among the best in the class, but his hit tool is still a work in progress. The reviews on his ability to play the outfield are uninspiring, and, as a first base prospect, Shaw has a similar profile to Angels 1B/DH C.J. Cron, whose power, albeit from the right side, made him the 17th overall pick in 2011.

• North Carolina outfielder Skye Bolt showed glimpses of life with a three-hit performance on Friday, but he went hitless for the rest of the weekend. Bolt's early season struggles have scouts from multiple teams pessimistic about his ultimate projection, though he should have ample opportunity to prove himself against quality pitching in the ACC as the season unfolds.

• After reaching base seven times in seven plate appearance against Evansville on Tuesday, Rhett Wiseman went 7-for-13 in the Dodgertown Classic this weekend. The Vanderbilt outfielder has few weaknesses offensively, and if he continues to perform at this level, Wiseman could hear his name called on Day One of the draft.


Player Tm Opponent(s) AB R H RBI SO BB SB XBH
Kevin Newman Arizona Portland 14 3 9 6 0 0 1 2B
Scott Kingery Arizona Portland 15 4 7 2 1 0 0 2B
Rhett Wiseman Vanderbilt UCLA/USC/TCU 13 3 7 1 3 0 1 2B, HR
Mark Mathias Cal Poly Pacific 15 6 6 2 0 2 1
Blake Trahan Louisiana Lafayette Troy 10 6 6 2 0 4 0 4 2B, HR
David Fletcher Loyola Marymount Arkansas 14 4 5 1 2 0 0 HR
Alex Bregman Louisiana State Houston/Baylor/Nebraska 13 2 5 0 0 0 3 2B
Andrew Benintendi Arkansas Loyola Marymount 12 3 5 5 3 1 1 2 2B
Dansby Swanson Vanderbilt UCLA/USC/TCU 13 2 5 1 4 1 3
Christin Stewart Tennessee Grand Canyon 10 2 4 3 1 1 0 HR
Kyle Holder San Diego Mississippi State 12 1 4 1 0 0 0
Ian Happ Cincinnati Niagara 6 3 4 6 1 2 0 2B, HR
Daniel Pinero Virginia Pittsburgh 9 2 4 2 1 2 1 HR
C.J Hinojosa Texas Stanford 14 3 4 0 2 3 0 2 2B
Cam Gibson Michigan State Toledo/Akron/UMBC/Coastal Carolina 16 2 4 2 2 2 2 3B
Kal Simmons Kennesaw State Alabama-Birmingham 11 3 3 3 1 1 1 HR
Skye Bolt North Carolina Duke 13 3 3 2 1 0 1
Matt Rose Georgia State Eastern Michigan 9 1 3 2 2 3 0 2 2B
Jaylin Davis Appalachian State Georgia Southern 10 1 3 2 6 0 0
Andrew Stevenson Louisiana State Houston/Baylor/Nebraska 10 2 3 0 1 0 1 3B
Mark Laird Louisiana State Houston/Baylor/Nebraska 12 1 3 0 0 0 0 2B
Mikey White Alabama Lipscomb 9 1 3 2 0 2 0 2B
David Thompson Miami (FL) Louisville 10 0 3 3 0 3 0 2 2B
Richie Martin Florida Maine 11 1 3 2 0 2 0
Taylor Ward Fresno State Oregon State 11 0 3 0 2 3 0 2B, 3B
Edwin Rios FIU Connecticut 9 1 2 4 4 1 0 HR
Chris Shaw Boston College Florida State 10 2 2 2 4 1 0 HR
Harrison Bader Florida Maine 5 0 2 1 2 1 0
Steven Duggar Clemson NC State 12 2 2 1 3 2 0
Logan Taylor Texas A&M Nebraska/Houston/Baylor 11 1 2 0 2 0 0 2B
Austin Byler Nevada UNLV 11 2 2 1 4 0 0 2B
Tate Matheny Missouri State Wright State 13 1 2 1 2 2 1 2B
Gio Brusa Pacific Cal Poly 9 0 1 2 5 5 0
Braden Bishop Washington Pepperdine 3 0 1 0 0 1 0
Kyri Washington Longwood Georgia 14 2 1 1 6 0 0
DJ Stewart Florida State Boston College 8 1 0 1 3 3 0

Player Team Opponent IP H R ER BB SO Decision
Thomas Eshelman Cal State Fullerton Texas Tech 9 5 0 0 1 14 W
Nathan Kirby Virginia Pittsburgh 7 7 1 1 2 13 L
Jon Harris Missouri State Wright State 7 4 2 2 2 13
Kolton Mahoney Brigham Young Hartford 7 5 0 0 3 11 W
Grayson Long Texas A&M Houston 7 3 0 0 0 10 W
Dillon Tate UC Santa Barbara Sacramento State 7 5 0 0 3 10 W
Alex Young Texas Christian UCLA 8 3 1 1 1 9 W
Carson Fulmer Vanderbilt UCLA 6.1 3 0 0 5 9 W
James Kaprielian UCLA Vanderbilt 5.1 8 4 3 1 9 L
Ryan Kellogg Arizona State Long Beach State 7 5 2 2 2 8
Kyle Cody Kentucky Northern Kentucky 7 4 1 1 0 8 W
Mitchell Traver Texas Christian Southern California 5.2 6 3 2 1 7
A.J. Minter Texas A&M Nebraska 5 4 1 0 0 6
Kevin Duchene Illinois Oklahoma State 7 3 1 1 1 6 W
Brandon Waddell Virginia Pittsburgh 6 5 3 1 1 6 W
Justin Jacome UC Santa Barbara Sacramento State 7 6 4 4 2 6
Travis Bergen Kennesaw State Alabama Birmingham 6.2 7 1 0 1 5 W
Brett Lilek Arizona State Long Beach State 5 4 2 2 2 5 W
Tyler Jay Illinois Oklahoma State 4.2 3 0 0 2 5 S, W
Walker Buehler Vanderbilt Texas Christian 4 3 1 1 1 5
Justin Garza Cal State Fullerton Texas Tech 6 6 2 2 1 5 W
Andrew Sopko Gonzaga Tulane 6 6 2 0 3 5 W
Alex Robinson Maryland UNC Wilmington 2.1 0 2 0 1 4 S
Kyle Twomey Southern California Vanderbilt 5 12 4 4 0 4
Trey Killian Arkansas Loyola Marymount 3.2 4 1 1 0 3
Cole Irvin Oregon St. John’s 4 2 0 0 0 3
Riley Ferrell Texas Christian UCLA/Vanderbilt 2.2 1 0 0 1 3 2 S
Jacob Cronenworth Michigan Akron 1 2 2 2 3 2 L
Ryan Burr Arizona State Long Beach State 1 0 0 0 1 2 S
Kyle Funkhouser Louisville Miami 5.1 8 5 5 4 2
Blake Hickman Iowa Middle Tennessee 6 4 1 0 2 2 W
Cody Poteet UCLA Southern California 3.2 8 4 4 1 2 L
John Kilichowski Vanderbilt Southern California 4.1 5 5 3 1 2
Jake Lemoine Houston Texas A&M 6.1 6 5 3 1 2 L
Trevor Megill Loyola Marymount Arkansas 2.1 6 5 4 4 1 L
Trent Thornton North Carolina Duke 1 1 0 0 1 1
Ian Gibaut Tulane Gonzaga 0.2 2 0 0 0 1
Zack Erwin Clemson NC State 1 5 6 6 2 1 L
Josh Sborz Virginia Pittsburgh 2 0 0 0 1 1 S
Garrett Cleavinger Oregon St. John’s 1 1 0 0 1 1
Tyler Alexander Texas Christian Vanderbilt 1.1 1 0 0 0 1
Dylan Nelson Radford College of Charleston 4.1 4 6 3 2 0 L
Eric Hanhold Florida Maine 1 1 0 0 0 0
Michael Matuella Duke North Carolina 3 1 0 0 1 0

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