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Three Week 3 College Baseball Series To Watch From An MLB Draft Perspective



Here are three college series we are paying attention to during week three—from a draft perspective.

Related: Checking In On First Round Bats

Note that both 2022 & 2023 rankings describe players in a college-only list, compared to a 2021 ranking that features both college and high school prospects.

Shriners Hospitals For Children College Classic

Rice, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, No. 10 Texas Christian, Texas State, No. 11 Texas Tech, Sam Houston State

Friday, 12 p.m. ET—Sam Houston State vs. Rice
Friday, 4 p.m. ET—Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. Texas Christian
Friday, 8 p.m. ET—Texas State vs. Texas Tech

Saturday, 12 p.m. ET—Rice vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
Saturday, 4 p.m. ET—Texas Tech vs. Sam Houston State
Saturday, 8 p.m. ET—Texas State vs. Texas Christian

Sunday, 12 p.m. ET—Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. Texas Tech
Sunday, 4 p.m. ET—Texas Christian vs. Sam Houston State
Sunday, 8 p.m. ET—Rice vs. Texas State

What we have learned through two and a half weeks is that if you enjoy college baseball and concentrated fields of draft prospects, you should move to Texas.

There are many interesting players to watch in the Shriners Classic this year, specifically up and down the rosters of the currently ranked programs—No. 10 Texas Christian and No. 11 Texas Tech.

But who we’ll be bearing down on specifically is Sam Houston State outfielder Colton Cowser, a first-round talent who will get his biggest challenge of the season against Rice, Texas Tech and Texas Christian. There are a number of college outfielders jockeying for position in the middle of the first round in this year’s class and to this point Boston College outfielder Sal Frelick has been the most impressive.

Cowser enters the tournament with a .263/.391/.368 line after going 0-for-3 in a midweek game against Baylor, but will have a chance to prove his bat against good pitching this weekend.

Ranked 2021 Players:

Ranked 2022 Players:

Ranked 2023 Players:

No. 21 Michigan vs. Iowa

Saturday, 7 p.m. ET
Sunday, 3 p.m. ET
Sunday, 5:30 p.m. ET
Monday, 12 p.m. ET

While our college crew will be watching Michigan with a keen eye as the last ranked team to get its season started, from a draft point of view we are focusing on the team’s top arm, lefthander Steven Hajjar.

He’s the lone ranked player in this series, but has a chance to go in the first round. Hajjar is one of three college lefties ranked among the top 50 prospects in the class, sandwiched in between Kansas State’s Jordan Wicks (No. 27) and Mississippi State’s Christian Macleod (No. 34).

Hajjar’s velocity was up and down last year, but scouts who saw him in bullpen sessions in Florida raved about how he looked. There should be a healthy crowd of evaluators checking out his first start this weekend. He should get the ball in Saturday’s night game opener.

Other Big Ten arms who will be getting their seasons started this weekend include Maryland righthander Sean Burke (No. 47), Ohio State lefthander Seth Lonsway (No. 91), Indiana righthander McCade Brown (No. 145) and Minnesota righthander JP Massey (No. 162).

Ranked 2021 Players:

  • Steven Hajjar, LHP, Michigan — No. 34

No. 6 Miami vs. North Carolina State

Friday, 3 p.m. ET
Saturday, 2 p.m. ET
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

The ACC gauntlet continues, and most matchups throughout the league all season will be worth watching from a draft point of view, but this one in particular features a lot of exciting hitters.

We’ve talked about Adrian Del Castillo plenty in this space, so he doesn’t need much commentary, but North Carolina State has a trio of interesting hitters ranked in the 2021 class, led by shortstop Jose Torres—who might be the best defensive shortstop in the country.

The big question with Torres concerns how much he will do with the bat. He missed the first six games of the season but played in the Georgia Tech series last weekend and in a midweek game against Campbell. Catcher Luca Tresh has been mashing and enters this series with a .464/.516/.1.143 slash line and a team-leading six home runs.

Austin Murr and Devonte Brown aren’t ranked on the BA 200, but should be drafted later this year.

Ranked 2021 Players:

Ranked 2022 Players:

Ranked 2023 Players:

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2021 NCAA Baseball Tournament Projected Field Of 64 (4/21/21)

Updating our projected NCAA Tournament field with Selection Monday under six weeks away.

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