Weekly College Prospect Roundup: 2/21 - 2/23

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A quick look at some of the biggest draft-eligible names around college baseball reveals improvement from Carlos Rodon, dominance by Aaron Nola, the season's first no-hitter, and an impressive five home-run performance by A.J. Reed.

It was a tale of two pitchers this week for NC State's Carlos Rodon. After retiring the first three Appalachian State batters he faced - two via strikeout - on just ten pitches, he was looking like the consensus first-overall pick he was touted to be before the season began. His fastball was sitting at 93-94, and his slider was devastating. That wouldn't last, though, as his velocity dropped in the middle innings, down to 90-91, and his slider began to flatten out. Mostly to Jaylin Davis, who powered one flat slider into shallow right field for a two-run single, and then another one over the left field wall in the eighth inning to get Appalachian State within one. Ultimately, Rodon would do just enough to earn the decision in the 6-5 win.

LSU's Aaron Nola, meanwhile, walked one and struck out eight over seven no-hit innings. He was lifted from the game after 7 innings and 87 pitches.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Kentucky's A.J. Reed. Reed set a Kentucky record by becoming the first Wildcat hitter to hit two home runs in the same inning on Friday, when he hit a two-run shot and a grand slam in the fifth inning. He followed that up with a game-tying home run on Saturday, and then two more on Sunday to give himself five on the weekend - another Kentucky record... and oh yeah, he also pitched seven innings of one-run baseball.

We'll discuss some more of the top performers later this week, but for now, some of the statistics from the top college prospects:

Pitchers

  • Aaron Nola, RHP, LSU - 7.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K vs. Virginia Tech
  • Brandon Finnegan, LHP, TCU - 7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K vs. BYU
  • Carlos Rodon, LHP, NC State - 8.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K vs. Appalachian State
  • Daniel Gossett, RHP, Clemson - 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K vs. Maine
  • Daniel Mengden, RHP, Texas A&M - 7.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 9 K vs. Cal State Sacramento
  • Jalen Beeks, LHP, Arkansas - 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K vs. Eastern Illinois
  • Jared Miller, LHP, Vanderbilt - 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K vs. Illinois - Chicago
  • Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina - 6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K vs. Virginia
  • Jordan Foley, RHP, Central Michigan - 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K vs. Troy
  • Jordan Ramsey, RHP, UNC Wilmington - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 K vs. Ohio
  • Jordan Stephens, RHP, Rice - 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K vs. Purdue
  • Parker French, RHP, Texas - 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K vs. Stanford
  • Reed Garrett, RHP, VMI - 9.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 13 K vs. Lafayette
  • Sam Howard, LHP, Georgia Southern - 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 12 K vs. UMES
  • Sean Newcomb, LHP, Hartford - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K vs. Georgetown
  • Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt - 6.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 11 K vs. Illinois - Chicago

Hitters

  • 1B A.J. Reed, Kentucky - 7/13, 6 R, 11 RBI, 3 K, 2 BB, 5 HR vs. St. John's, St. Joseph's, Old Dominion
  • 3B Alex Blandino, Stanford - 6/11, 5 R, 3 RBI, 0 K, 1 BB, 2 2B, HR vs. Texas
  • OF Bradley Zimmer, San Francisco - 6/15, 2 R, 4 RBI, 3 K, 1 BB, 3B, HR vs. Cal State Fullerton
  • 1B Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State - 8/12, 5 R, 2 RBI, 2 K, 5 BB, 2B, 3B vs. Coastal Carolina, George Mason, UConn
  • OF Chris Marconci, Duke - 6/11, 3 R, 5 RBI, 1 K, 1 BB, 2B, 2 HR vs. St. Louis
  • C/1B Connor Joe, San Diego - 11/19, 8 R, 13 RBI, 1 K, 1 BB, 2 2B, 2 HR vs. Northern Kentucky
  • C/1B Kyle Schwarber, Indiana - 6/16, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 K, 0 BB, 3B, HR vs. Washington, Utah, Oregon State
  • 3B Matt Chapman, Cal State Fullerton - 7/16, 4 R, 5 RBI, 3 K, 0 BB, 2 2B, HR vs. San Francisco
  • C Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State - 5/15, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2 K, 0 BB, 2B, HR vs. Gardner-Webb
  • 3B Taylor Sparks, UC Irvine - 6/12, 3 R, 3 RBI, 3 K, 1 BB, 2B, 3B vs. Wright State, Arizona State, Long Beach State
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