The Week in College Baseball

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Mark Appel stumbles, but doesn't fall in his return to action following Spring Break. We take a look at some of college baseball's biggest performances of the week.

Another week down in college baseball, and just 72 days until the June Draft. As we've been doing, TCB is here to let you know about the performances - good and bad - from draft-eligible college prospects.

Stanford's Mark Appel looked a little shaky in his first start after Spring Break, but still managed 11 strikeouts in 8 innings and the win against Utah. Meanwhile, Oklahoma's Jonathan Gray continues to build momentum, popping triple digits and dominating hitters. As Indiana State's Sean Manaea and Arkansas' Ryne Stanek struggle to keep up, Gray is shooting up draft boards. Jacksonville's Chris Anderson continues to have a very good, very quiet season.

On the hitting side, the usual suspects are all there: San Diego's Kris Bryant, New Mexico's D.J. Peterson, Samford's Phillip Ervin, and North Carolina's Colin Moran continue to mash, and Mississippi State's Hunter Renfroe is solid as always.

Pitchers

  • Chris Anderson (Jr., Jacksonville) - 8.1 IP, 8 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
  • Mark Appel (Sr., Stanford) - 8 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K
  • Alex Balog (Jr., San Francisco) - 6.2 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
  • Matt Boyd (Sr., Oregon State) - 9 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 11 K
  • Jonathan Crawford (Jr., Florida) - 6 IP, 12 H, 6 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
  • Marco Gonzales (Jr., Gonzaga) - 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
  • Jonathan Gray (Jr., Oklahoma) - 9 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K
  • Jason Hursh (Jr., Oklahoma State) - 8 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
  • C.K. Irby (Jr., Samford) - 9 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 16 K
  • Corey Littrell (Jr., Kentucky) - 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 4 K
  • Ben Lively (Jr., Central Florida) - 8 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
  • Sean Manaea (Jr., Indiana State) - 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
  • Adam Plutko (Jr., UCLA) - 6.2 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • Ryne Stanek (Jr., Arkansas) - 9 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
  • Justin Topa (Jr., LIU Brooklyn) - 8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
  • Trevor Williams (Jr., Arizona State) - 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
  • Tom Windle (Jr., Minnesota) - 9 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 12 K

Hitters

  • Kris Bryant OF/3B/1B (Jr., San Diego) - 4/11, 2B, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI, SB
  • Hunter Dozier SS (Jr., Stephen F. Austin State) - 7/13, 2B, HR, 4 R, 5 RBI
  • Phillip Ervin OF (Jr., Samford) - 6/12, 2B, HR, 7 R, 2 RBI, 3 SB
  • Mitch Garver C (Sr., New Mexico) - 6/10, 2 2B, 5 R, 2 RBI, 3 SB
  • Ryon Healy 1B (Jr., Oregon) - 3/10, HR, 3 R, 5 RBI
  • Tyler Horan OF (Jr., Virginia Tech) - 5/13, 3 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI
  • Aaron Judge OF (Jr., Fresno State) - 2/5, 2B, HR, 1 R, 2 RBI
  • Jared King OF (Jr., Kansas State) - 5/10, 2 2B, HR, 2 R, 7 RBI, SB
  • Andrew Knapp C (Jr., California) - 3/9, 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI
  • Michael Lorenzen OF/RHP (Jr., Cal State Fullerton) - 4/10, 2B, HR, 4 R, 2 RBI (1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 2 SV as a pitcher)
  • Jacob May OF (Jr., Coastal Carolina) - 4/13, 2 2B, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, SB
  • L.J. Mazzilli 2B (Sr., Connecticut) - 4/13, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, SB
  • Jason Monda OF (Jr., Washington State) - 4/13, 2 HR, 3 R, 7 RBI
  • Colin Moran 3B (Jr., North Carolina) - 3/8, 2B, 1 R, 2 RBI
  • Adam Nelubowich 3B (Jr., Washington State) - 6/13, 2B, 2 3B, 3 R, 8 RBI
  • Daniel Palka OF/1B (Jr., Georgia Tech) - 4/11, 2B, 2 R
  • D.J. Peterson 3B/1B (Jr., New Mexico) - 3/12, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, SB
  • Chad Pinder 3B (Jr., Virginia Tech) - 5/14, 2B, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB
  • Hunter Renfroe C/OF (Jr., Mississippi State) - 5/9, 3 HR, 9 R, 5 RBI
Last week, Virginia Tech's Tyler Horan won our first-ever College Player of the Week title. We're changing things up a little this week, with each of our Minor League/Draft staff members nominating one player -- so the field is down to four, which called for some tough choices.

So without further ado, here are your choices for our (draft-eligible) College Player of the Week:

Brooks nominated Mississippi State outfielder Hunter Renfroe, who went 5-for-9 with three home runs, 5 RBI, and 9 runs. Nine. He also drew three walks and struck out just once... and he did it all against the #8 team in the country, Kentucky.

Jordan threw out Samford outfielder Phillip Ervin, who by the way is hitting .391/.522/.759 on the season. Ervin kept up his torrid pace, going 6-for-12 over the weekend series with Furman, with a double, a home run, 7 runs, 2 RBI, and 3 stolen bases. If you also include the mid-week game against Alabama, Ervin has walked six times to go along with his six hits.

Not to be outdone, I nominated Ervin's teammate, pitcher C.K. Irby. Irby - the only Bulldog to lead Ervin in batting average - had a tremendous week at the plate, going 9-for-16 with a triple, two home runs, a stolen base, 8 runs, and 6 RBI. But wait - that isn't even the impressive part. See, Irby is also Samford's Friday night pitcher, and in game 1 of the Furman series, he threw a complete game, allowing 1 run on 3 hits, with no walks and a school record 16 strikeouts. That's not a typo. He became the first Southern Conference player to win the Player and Pitcher of the Week awards in the same week.

Spencer went a different direction with things, throwing out Old Dominion's 1B/OF Ben Verlander. In case you're wondering, yes. There's a relation. Ben is Justin's younger brother, and he set an ODU record by hitting three home runs in a single game against Northeastern earlier this month. He didn't set any records this week, but he did have multiple hits in all four of ODU's games, going 12-for-19 with two home runs, six runs scored, and 3 RBI combined against Towson and Virginia State. Verlander is .470/.500/.939 on the season.

So what say you, dear readers?
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