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Top Batter And Pitcher In Each Division I Conference



Liberty's D.J. Artis ranks among the D-I leaders for on-base percentage. (Photo by Carl Kline)


We apply advanced metrics to college statistics to identify the top batter and pitcher in each Division I conference. Many of these players will be selected in the middle or late rounds of the 2017 draft. All statistics as of May 20, 2017.


Best Hitters

The top batter (min. 150 plate appearances) in each Division I conference this year as ranked by park-adjusted weighted runs created plus (wRC+).

ConferencePlayerYr.School AVG OBPSLG wRC+
American AthleticKevin MerrellJr.South Florida.393.476.590172
America EastChris SharpeSo.UMass-Lowell.338.432.677180
Atlantic SunNick RiveraSr.Fla. Gulf Coast.305.439.579173
Atlantic 10Will RobertsonSr.Davidson.349.407.675194
Atlantic CoastAdam HaseleyJr.Virginia.402.492.693181
Big 12Garrett McCainJr.Oklahoma State.393.496.550158
Big EastRylan BannonJr.Xavier.337.448.653192
Big SouthD.J. Artis*So.Liberty.357.521.538204
Big TenJake AdamsJr.Iowa.347.427.743195
Big WestKeston HiuraJr.UC Irvine.402.546.669246
ColonialLogan McRaeJr.Col. of Charleston.332.426.622167
Conference USAMatt Wallner*Fr.Southern Miss..339.465.661172
HorizonDaulton VarshoJr.Milwaukee.366.496.655205
IvyRandall KanemaruJr.Columbia.395.435.625175
Metro AtlanticDan SheaSr.Monmouth.291.433.545173
Mid-AmericanTanner AllisonJr.Western Mich..367.438.597174
Mid-EasternAlex MauricioJr.Norfolk State.374.457.573180
Missouri ValleyJake BurgerJr.Missouri State.351.462.703193
Mountain WestAaron ArrudaJr.Fresno State.389.459.668167
NortheastPhil Capra*So.Wagner.367.446.560168
Ohio ValleyNick EgliSr.Belmont.361.466.721173
Pacific-12J.J. MatijevicJr.Arizona.401.444.671184
PatriotJacen NalesnikSr.Lehigh.321.397.606160
SoutheasternBrent RookerJr.Mississippi State.408.516.878236
SouthernTyler TharpSr.VMI.347.439.673160
SouthlandJosh EvansJr.Stephen F. Austin.401.444.672185
SouthwesternBryce BrownJr.Jackson State.385.517.460178
SummitAdam McGinnisSr.Western Illinois.363.471.580194
Sun BeltTravis Swaggerty*So.South Alabama.360.485.550178
West CoastBrock HaleSo.Brigham Young.386.473.703195
Western AthleticTristen Carranza*So.New Mexico State.327.432.690169
* Not draft eligible. The top draft-eligible performers for these conferences are as follows:

Big South: Danny Sullivan, Gardner-Webb, Sr., 181 Conference USA: Sam Finfer, Marshall, Sr., 170 Northeast: Mickey Gasper, Bryant, Jr., 162 Sun Belt: Billy Cooke, Coastal Carolina, Jr., 167 Western Athletic: Jose Garcia, Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Sr., 164


Best Pitchers

The top pitcher (min. 50 innings) in each Division I conference this year as ranked by park-adjusted ERA minus (ERA-).

ConferencePlayerYr.School ERABB9SO9 ERA-
American AthleticJoey CavallaroJr.South Florida2.082.612.549
America EastNick GallagherSo.Binghamton2.413.97.549
Atlantic SunLogan Gilbert*So.Stetson1.752.611.240
Atlantic 10Miller HoganSo.Saint Louis2.142.37.945
Atlantic CoastBrendan McKayJr.Louisville2.222.912.332
Big 12Steven Gingery*So.Texas Tech1.822.710.644
Big EastSean Mooney*Fr.St. John's1.101.58.226
Big SouthNate Pawelczyk*So.Winthrop2.323.78.047
Big TenBrian ShafferJr.Maryland1.671.69.138
Big WestDave SmithSr.Long Beach State1.771.04.645
ColonialAlex Royalty*So.UNC Wilmington3.372.49.760
Conference USANate HarrisSr.Louisiana Tech1.651.19.732
HorizonRyan Weiss*So.Wright State2.021.58.241
IvyPaul BalestrieriSr.Cornell2.182.35.648
Metro AtlanticChris EnnsJr.Quinnipiac2.093.16.440
Mid-AmericanJoey Murray*So.Kent State2.123.813.143
Mid-EasternDevin HemmerichSr.Norfolk State1.741.310.234
Missouri ValleyJake FromsonJr.Missouri State2.011.7210.941
Mountain WestMark NowaczewskiJr.Nevada3.613.15.161
NortheastDanny MarshSr.Wagner1.504.27.826
Ohio ValleyAaron LeasherJr.Morehead State4.223.110.147
Pacific-12Luke HeimlichJr.Oregon State0.761.910.120
PatriotLevi Stoudt*Fr.Lehigh2.333.26.645
SoutheasternClarke SchmidtJr.South Carolina1.342.710.437
SouthernWill GaddisJr.Furman1.921.47.835
SouthlandHeath DonicaSr.Sam Houston State1.822.18.741
SouthwesternAustin BizzleSr.Alabama State1.802.39.430
SummitJosh McMinnSo.Oral Roberts1.912.57.439
Sun BeltAndrew CraneJr.Troy0.932.08.820
West CoastCory AbbottJr.Loyola Marymount1.602.311.033
Western AthleticKyle Bradish*So.New Mexico State2.855.19.346
* Not draft eligible. The top draft-eligible performers for these conferences are as follows:
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Chicago Cubs 2018 MLB Draft Grades

Nico Hoerner and Cole Roederer show advanced hit tools, plus a look at other standout Cubs picks.

Atlantic Sun: Kutter Crawford, Florida Gulf Coast, Jr., 40 Big 12: Jared Janczak, Texas Christian, So., 50 Big East: Jeff Schank, Butler, Sr., 55 Big South: Zack Ridgley, Radford, Jr., 59 Colonial: Nate Borges, Northeastern, Sr., 60 Horizon: Jake Dahlberg, Illinois-Chicago, Sr., 48 Mid-American: B.J. Butler, Ball State, Sr., 51 Patriot: Connor Von Hoose, Bucknell, Jr., 46 Western Athletic: A.J. Franks, Grand Canyon, Sr., 49

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