College Hot Sheet: 20 College Baseball Standouts From The Past Week (3/14/23)

Welcome to the College Hot Sheet! Like our pro hot sheets, the College Hot Sheet recognizes some of the top performers around the country in college baseball after each weekend of play. Carlos Collazo and Peter Flaherty contributed to the College Hot Sheet this week.


1. Wyatt Hudepohl, RHP, Charlotte
Class: 2023
What He Did: 9 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 17 K

Hudepohl set a Charlotte baseball record with 17 strikeouts on Friday night against Old Dominion. The 17 strikeouts were also tied for the most in Conference USA history, and the first time a pitcher tallied that many since Derek Hankins back in 2004. Hudepohl’s power curve in the mid 80s was a weapon all game, and was responsible for 13 strikeouts. –CC

2. Cal Carver, LHP, Northwestern State
Class: 2023
What He Did: 9 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 13 K

Carver retired the first 22 batters he faced against Alabama A&M on Friday night, and struck out 13 batters while walking none in a complete game shutout. He topped just 88 mph with his fastball, but showed screwball-like arm-side movement with his mid-70s changeup—which generated 11 swings and misses. –CC

3. Thatcher Hurd, RHP, Louisiana State
Class: 2024
What He Did: 11 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 18 K

Hurd had not one, but two shutout starts last week for LSU, first in a midweek game against Butler, where he struck out 11 in six innings, and then on Sunday against Samford when he struck out seven in five innings. He hasn’t allowed a run since his first game of the season and has a 2.04 ERA over 17.2 total innings of work. –CC

4. Nolan Schanuel, 1B, Florida Atlantic
Class: 2023
What He Did: 8-for-12 (.667), 5 HR, 1 2B, 10 R, 10 RBI

Schanuel went 4-for-5 with six walks over the weekend against Harvard, but what really places him on this week’s Hot Sheet is a massive midweek game against Florida last Tuesday, when he went 3-for-4 with three home runs. First he turned on an inside, 95 mph fastball from righthander Yoel Tejeda, then he muscled out an 82 mph slider from Tejeda to straight center field and showed his impressive raw power, and finally he pulled an up-and-in, 85 mph slider from Ryan Slater to right-center. It was a loud performance with plenty of scouting heat in attendance, and Schanuel is now hitting .462/.627/1.077 with eight homers on the season. –CC

5. Devyn Terbrak, LHP, Western Kentucky
Class: 2023
What He Did: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 14 K

Terbrak was nearly perfect on Sunday, throwing a no-hitter against South Dakota State. He struck out 14, walked just one and used his above-average command to avoid hard contact all day. Terbrak’s best secondary is a changeup that flashes above-average with solid tumble. He got nine whiffs with it on Sunday and it has a miss rate of 46% on the season. Terbrak now has a 2.35 ERA on the year with an impressive strikeout-to-walk ratio of 29-to-4. –PF

6. Jaden Hamm, RHP, Middle Tennessee State
Class: 2023
What He Did: 9 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 11 K

Hamm was outstanding against Evansville this past Friday, throwing a complete game (nearly a no-hitter) while striking out 11. The junior righthander has been outstanding for the Blue Raiders this year, pitching his way to a 2.57 ERA with 36 strikeouts to six walks across 28 innings pitched. His fastball has been up to 96 from a straight-over-the-top slot, but his sharp, slurvy slider is his best secondary offering. His curveball and changeup each boast miss rates of over 50% as well, and Hamm is an interesting follow as a potential day three pick in this year’s draft. -PF

7. Patrick Clohisy, OF, Saint Louis
Class: 2023
What He Did: 10-for-15 (.667), 4 HR, 1 3B, 1 2B, 9 R, 10 RBI

Clohisy was unconscious last week, lacing 10 hits over three games played and driving in 10 runs. He went 5-for-6 in Tuesday’s midweek contest against Lindenwood (Mo.), and followed it up with a 4-for-5, three-home run, seven-RBI game against Northwestern on Friday. The sophomore outfielder raised his average 100 points over the week, going from hitting .286 to .386. –PF

8. Jacob Ellis, LHP, Lamar
Class: 2023
What He Did: 7.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K

Ellis was fantastic in his start on Friday against UC Riverside, striking out 11, walking none and allowing just three hits over 7.1 innings pitched. Ellis won’t light up the radar gun, as he tops out in the low 90s and averages 88.2 mph on his fastball, but his advanced command is his calling card. His changeup is also incredibly effective, sitting 10-12 mph below his fastball with a miss rate of 46%. Across 22 innings pitched this season, Ellis now has an ERA of just 2.05 and a sparkling strikeout-to-walk ratio of 28-to-3 across 22 innings pitched. –PF

9. Zach Thornton, LHP, Grand Canyon
Class: 2023
What He Did: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 13 K

Thornton was superb in his start against New Mexico State, striking out 13 in seven shutout innings pitched. He’s recorded double-digit strikeouts in two of his first four starts, and as GCU’s Friday night starter he has a minuscule 1.09 ERA with 38 strikeouts to two walks in 24.2 innings pitched. Thornton attacks from a high, three-quarter slot, has natural deception in his up-tempo delivery and an advanced feel to pitch. As an uber-projectable lefty, Thornton will be a name to follow in this year’s draft. –PF

10. Connor Tate, OF, Georgia
Class: 2023
What He Did: 12-for-20 (.600), 4 HR, 2 2B, 9 R, 10 RBI

Tate has been a staple of the Georgia baseball program for some time now, but the fifth-year senior is in the midst of what is on pace to be the best year of his collegiate career. He is currently hitting .516 with seven doubles, six home runs and 22 RBIs in 16 games played. Tate continued his immense production last week, going 12-for-20 including a three-home run outing in the first game of Georgia’s Saturday doubleheader against Charleston Southern. Tate’s a physical player and has enough raw power to muscle balls out all over the yard. –PF

11. Alex Makarewich, RHP, Northwestern State
Class: 2023
What He Did: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K

Alabama A&M got no respite after facing Carver on Saturday. Junior righthander Alex Makarewich picked up right where Carver left off and didn’t give up a hit until the sixth inning, while striking out 12 and walking one. –CC

12. Chase Burns, RHP, Tennessee
Class: 2024
What He Did: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 13 K

Burns has battled Hurd so far for the claim as the top pitcher in the 2024 draft class and is coming off a career-best start against Morehead State, when he struck out 13 in 6.2 innings without allowing a run. The big righthander sat at 96 mph and touched 98, and racked up 11 whiffs with his hard, upper-80s slider. –CC

13. Clay Grady, SS/DH, Virginia Tech
Class: 2025
What He Did: 8-for-13 (.615), 1 HR, 1 2B, 5 R, 6 RBI

Grady had a nice week overall, but his 5-for-6, one-homer, six-RBI performance against UMass Lowell landed him on this week’s Hot Sheet. He’s a true freshman, but Grady has already seen significant playing time, appearing in 15 of the Hokies’ first 16 games. He’s already shown his advanced feel for the barrel and does a nice job keeping his hands inside the baseball. Virginia Tech has a great track record of developing hitters, and Grady could be the next star to come out of Blacksburg. –PF

14. Josh Rivera, SS, Florida
Class: 2023
What He Did: 8-for-18 (.444), 3 HR, 1 2B, 5 R, 13 RBI

Rivera struggled with the bat in his draft-eligible junior season in 2022, but he’s gotten off to a hot start in 2023 and tallied hits in every game last week, including a 3-for-4 game against Florida Atlantic with a pair of home runs. Rivera has hits in 15 of 18 games this season, including nine multi-hit games. –CC

15. Juaron Watts-Brown, RHP, Oklahoma State
Class: 2023
What He Did: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 13 K

Watts-Brown fanned 13 batters in 6.2 innings against Utah Tech last Friday. That was his first double-digit strikeout game with the Cowboys after transferring from Long Beach State and helped him lower his season ERA from 2.25 to 1.99. –CC

16. Jac Caglianone, LHP/1B, Florida
Class: 2024
What He Did: 10-for-23 (.435), 3 HR, 1 3B, 3 2B, 9 R, 10 RBI | 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K

Caglianone had another monster week on both sides of the baseball, highlighted by a two-home run performance on Sunday against Siena. He also tossed three scoreless innings on the mound, running his fastball up to 96 mph. His overall stat line for the season is incredible: he’s hitting .417, leads the country in home runs with 13, is tied for fourth in RBIs with 30 and on the mound he has a 1.77 ERA with 26 strikeouts across 20.1 innings pitched and has limited opponents to a .130 batting average. –PF

17. Ross Highfill, C, Mississippi State
Class: 2025
What He Did: 4-for-9 (.444), 3 HR, 4 R, 6 RBI

Highfill was already off to a nice start in his true freshman campaign, but Saturday was his coming out party. He went 3-for-5 against Lipscomb and hit three home runs. Highfill has a great lower half with plenty of torque, and his quick hands allow him to barrel the baseball consistently. –PF

18. Chase Mora, 2B, Texas State
Class: 2025
What He Did: 5-for-13 (.385), 4 HR, 4 R, 9 RBI

Mora lands on the Hot Sheet because of his 4-for-5, four-homer, nine-RBI performance against North Dakota State on Saturday, but his overall stat line is one of the more unique ones in the country. He is 9-for-23 with seven home runs and 17 RBIs across five games started. He has a violent swing and is able to generate some bat speed, and as he fills out and becomes more physical he should be able to add even more impact. As a true freshman, Mora will be an interesting follow over the next couple of seasons. -CC

19. Daniel Bagwell, RHP, Queens
Class: 2023
What He Did: 9.2 IP, 6 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Bagwell’s overall line for the week was marred by a four-run inning against UNC Greensboro on Saturday, but he lands on the Hot Sheet thanks to a heroic effort against East Carolina in a midweek start last Tuesday. He struck out seven batters over 8.2 innings and worked around eight hits to limit the Pirates to just two earned runs, effectively using a fastball up and changeup down for whiffs throughout the outing. Ultimately, Queens would lose 5-2 in extras, but Bagwell gave his team a chance for a big upset nonetheless. –CC

20. Jonathan Santucci, LHP, Duke
Class: 2024
What He Did: 4.1 IP, 2 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 11 K

Santucci pitched better than his line would suggest against one of the top offensive teams in the country in Wake Forest last Friday. The sophomore lefthander struck out 11 batters in just four innings. He gave up a pair of runs on a two-run homer in the second and two more runs he was responsible for would eventually score after he left the game in the fifth. –CC

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