Weekly College Prospect Update: 4/18-20

USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Hoffman pitches the game of his life, Aaron Nola slides off the tracks a little, and Brandon Finnegan quietly continues to dominate college hitters. Meanwhile, Casey Gillaspie continues to impress, with a weekend slash line of .500/.571/1.000 and two stolen bases.

Did you hear the one about the ACC starter who was a member of the U.S. Collegiate Baseball National Team, had a 3.9 strikeout-to-walk ratio on the season, and threw a complete game three-hitter against Wake Forest? No? Well, his name is Luke Weaver, and he pitches for Florida State. He doesn't have elite velocity (91-94 with good movement), but he mixes it with a plus-potential slider and an above-average changeup. He's young for this draft class, and he's putting up really fine numbers this season.

Jeff Hoffman, a potential top-five pick, had a lot of very important people in the crowd as he took on Middle Tennessee State. How'd he do? Well, it's been called the best game of his career: Sixteen strikeouts, three hits, one walk, and no runs over eight innings for a 1-0 East Carolina victory. The fastball touched 97 in the middle innings as he raised his season K/9 to 9.6.

Hitters

  • C Brett Austin, NC State - 3/12, 2B, 3B, R, RBI, 4 K, 3 BB vs. Boston College
  • C Garrett Boulware, Clemson - 6/12, 2B, 2 R, K, BB vs. Pittsburgh
  • 1B/3B Austin Byler, Nevada - 6/10, 2B, 2 HR, 4 R, 4 RBI, 2 K, BB vs. Fresno State
  • OF Hunter Cole, Georgia - 6/13, 2B, RBI, 3 K vs. Florida
  • 1B Kevin Cron, TCU - 4/7, 2B, 3B, RBI, K, BB vs. Texas
  • 1B Casey Gillaspie, Wichita State - 6/12, 2 2B, HR, 3 R, 5 RBI, K, 2 BB, 2 SB vs. Southern Illinois
  • C Grayson Griner, South Carolina - 6/12, 2B, R, 2 RBI, K vs. Auburn
  • OF Michael Suchy, Florida Gulf Coast - 7/11, HR, 4 R, 2 RBI, K, 2 BB vs. North Florida

Pitchers

  • RHP Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt - 7.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 BB, 6 K vs. Arkansas
  • LHP Aaron Brown, Pepperdine - 6.0 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K vs. San Francisco
  • LHP Brandon Finnegan, TCU - 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K vs. Texas
  • LHP Kyle Freeland, Evansville - 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 12 K vs. Dallas Baptist
  • RHP Jeff Hoffman, East Carolina - 8.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 16 K vs. Middle Tennessee State
  • LHP Matt Imhof, Cal Poly - 6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 9 K vs. Cal State Fullerton
  • RHP Aaron Nola, LSU - 7.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K vs. Mississippi
  • LHP Carlos Rodon, NC State - 8.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K vs. Boston College
  • RHP Jake Stinnett, Maryland - 9.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 10 K vs. Georgia Tech
  • RHP Luke Weaver, Florida State - 9.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K vs. Wake Forest
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