Weekly College Prospect Update

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College baseball is back, and while Carlos Rodon got off to a shaky start, others stepped up in the first week of action, including Aaron Nola (LSU), Luke Weaver (Florida State), Casey Gillaspie (Wichita State), and Daniel Mengden (Texas A&M).

For those of you who weren't around last year, every week we'll take a look at how some of the top college prospects performed in their weekend series.

Listed below are some of the top prospects, some of the top performances among draft-eligible players, and a few stat lines thrown in from our Fifty "Very Luhnow" Prospects list.

Carlos Rodon's junior season got off to a rocky start, as he hit three batters and threw 96 pitches en route to a loss against sneaky-good Canisius. I'd caution readers from inferring too much from a single start, particularly given the fact that snow pushed the game two days, and the game-time temperature was 41 degrees. Of course, a lot of pitchers were dealing with weather issues this weekend, but regardless, I wouldn't worry too much about Rodon just yet.

On the other hand, LSU's Aaron Nola had a terrific debut against New Orleans, going 6 innings and allowing four hits, no runs, no walks, and striking out six. Texas A&M's Daniel Mengden, one of my favorites in this class, allowed five hits, two runs, and two walks over his six innings versus Northeastern, but he also struck out eleven.

Florida State's Luke Weaver walked the first batter he faced, and then didn't allow another baserunner over six shutout innings with seven strikeouts.

At the plate, Wichita State first baseman Casey Gillaspie is already in midseason form, going 6-for-13 with 8 RBI, a double, and two home runs against SIUE. Georgia outfielder Hunter Cole went 7-for-10, drew four walks, and hit three doubles off of the Georgia Southern pitching staff. And Cal State Fullerton's J.D. Davis was 5-for-13 with a double, two triples, and a home run against Washington State

The Pitchers

  • RHP Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K vs. Long Beach State
  • RHP Nick Burdi, Louisville: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K vs. West Virginia
  • LHP Austin Davis, Cal State Bakersfield: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 K vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • RHP Erick Fedde, UNLV: 7.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K vs. Central Michigan
  • LHP Brandon Finnegan, TCU: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 13 K vs. Jacksonville
  • LHP Kyle Freeland, Evansville: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K vs. Lipscomb
  • LHP Jace Fry, Oregon State: 7.0 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K vs. Nebraska
  • RHP Aaron Garza, Houston: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K vs. Nicholls State
  • RHP Jeff Hoffman, East Carolina: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K vs. James Madison
  • RHP Jonathan Holder, Mississippi State: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K vs. Western Carolina
  • LHP Sam Howard, Georgia Southern: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K vs. Georgia
  • LHP Matt Imhof, Cal Poly: 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 14 K vs. Kansas State
  • RHP Daniel Mengden, Texas A&M: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 11 K vs. Northeastern
  • LHP Jared Miller, Vanderbilt: 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K vs. Long Beach State
  • RHP Aaron Nola, LSU: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K vs. New Orleans
  • RHP Nigel Nootbaar, USC: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K vs. Northwestern
  • RHP Chris Oliver, Arkansas: 5.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K vs. Appalachian State
  • RHP Austin Robichaux, Louisiana-Lafayette: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K vs. Eastern Illinois
  • LHP Carlos Rodon, NC State: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K vs. Canisius
  • LHP Ben Smith, Coastal Carolina: 4.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 11 K vs. Pittsburgh
  • LHP Scott Squier, Hawaii: 7.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K vs. Oregon
  • LHP Andrew Suarez, Miami: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K vs. Maine
  • RHP Spencer Turnbull, Alabama: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K vs. St. Louis
  • RHP Luke Weaver, Florida State: 6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K vs. Niagara
  • RHP Colin Welmon, Loyola Marymount: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K vs. Utah Valley State

Hitters

  • UT Brian Anderson, Arkansas: 7/13, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 K, SB, 2 2B vs. Appalachian State
  • 1B/3B Austin Byler, Nevada: 5/12, 2 R, 3 RBI, 4 K, BB, 2 2B vs. Santa Clara & Boston College
  • SS Branden Cogswell, Virginia: 1/8, R vs. VMI & Kentucky
  • OF Hunter Cole, Georgia: 7/10, 3 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 4 BB, 3 2B vs. Georgia Southern
  • OF Michael Conforto, Oregon State: 5/10, 5 R, 8 RBI, 5 BB, 2 2B vs. Pacific, Nebraska, & Gonzaga
  • OF Austin Cousino, Kentucky: 6/14, 4 R, RBI, 2 K, BB, 2 SB, 2B, HR vs. VMI & UNC Wilmington
  • 1B/3B J.D. Davis, Cal State Fullerton: 5/13, 4 R, 2 RBI, 3 K, 2 BB, SB, 2B, 2 3B, HR vs. Washington State
  • OF Derek Fisher, Virginia: 3/7, 3 R, RBI, K, BB, 3B vs. VMI & Kentucky
  • 2B/OF Dante Flores, USC: 4/10, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, 3 BB, 2 SB, 2B vs. Northwestern
  • C Aramis Garcia, Florida International: 8/13, 3 R, 4 RBI, 3 BB, SB vs. Rutgers
  • 1B Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State: 6/13, 6 R, 8 RBI, 3 K, 2 BB, 2B, 2 HR vs. SIUE
  • C Grayson Greiner, South Carolina: 5/12, 4 R, 7 RBI, K, BB, 2 2B, HR vs. Bucknell
  • 3B Nick Howard, Virginia: 3/8, 2 R, RBI, SB, 2B, 3B vs. VMI & Kentucky
  • 3B Joey Pankake, South Carolina: 4/10, 8 H, RBI, 2 BB, SB, HR vs. Bucknell
  • OF/1B Mike Papi, Virginia: 3/7, 4 R, RBI, K, 3 BB vs. VMI & Kentucky
  • C Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State: 8/13, 5 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 3 2B vs. MTSU
  • OF Mason Robbins, Southern Miss: 6/13, 4 R, 5 RBI, K, 3 2B vs. McNeese State, Missouri, & Chicago State
  • C/1B Kyle Schwarber, Indiana: 3/15, R, K, BB, 2B vs. Texas Tech
  • OF Michael Suchy, Florida Gulf Coast: 6/13, 5 R, 5 RBI, 4 K, BB, 2B, 2 3B vs. Rhode Island
  • OF Nick Torres, Cal Poly: 6/13, 5 R, 3 RBI, 2 K, SB vs. Kansas State
  • 1B Sam Travis, Indiana: 4/15, R, 2 RBI, K, SB vs. Texas Tech
  • SS Trea Turner, NC State: 3/4, SB vs. Canisius
  • OF Bradley Zimmer, San Francisco: 6/12, 3 R, 2 K, 2 BB, SB, 2 2B vs. UC Riverside
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