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Weekly College Prospect Update: 4/25 - 4/27

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Carlos Rodon heats up just as Aaron Nola cools off and Jeff Hoffman goes on the shelf. Could the last 3-4 weeks of the college season prove to be a perfect storm for the Wolfpack lefty leading up to the draft?

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A few injury concerns among the draft's top college pitchers: TCU lefty Brandon Finnegan was removed from the third inning of his start on Friday night with shoulder soreness. Meanwhile, East Carolina righty Jeff Hoffman - a fast riser in the Cape and considered a top-five talent by many - was shut down for 8-10 days by his coach. His next start will likely be May 9 against Southern Miss.

Meanwhile, NC State lefty Carlos Rodon struck out a season-high fifteen of the thirty-four Georgia Tech hitters he faced on Friday night and, yes, there's video. Just as he begins to heat up, LSU right-hander Aaron Nola seems to be cooling off. Nola couldn't make it out of the sixth inning against Tennessee, surrendering five runs (all earned) on eight hits and as many walks - four - as strikeouts.

Credit to Virginia closer Nick Howard, who recorded two saves against Florida State over the weekend, allowing zero hits, zero runs, and zero walks over 2.1 innings. All seven outs he recorded were strikeouts.

Hitters

  • 3B Matt Chapman, Cal State Fullerton - 6/12, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 BB vs. Hawaii
  • OF Michael Conforto, Oregon State - 4/9, 2 2B, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K, 3 BB vs. Oregon
  • 1B Kevin Cron, TCU - 3/9, 2B, RBI, 1 K, 2 BB vs. Cal State Northridge
  • OF Derek Fisher, Virginia - 5/13, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K vs. Florida State
  • C Grayson Greiner, South Carolina - 6/12, 2B, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2 K, 1 BB vs. Alabama
  • OF Rhys Hoskins, Sacramento State - 5/13, 2B, 4 R, 3 RBI, 2 K, 1 BB vs. Cal State Bakersfield
  • C/1B Connor Joe, San Diego - 5/10, 2B, HR, 4 R, 1 RBI, 1 K, 2 BB vs. Pacific
  • OF Mark Laird, LSU - 5/14, 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 1 SB vs. Tennessee
  • 1B/OF Mike Papi, Virginia - 4/13, 2B, HR, 1 R, 4 RBI, 5 K vs. Florida State
  • C Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State - 7/13, 2B, HR, 5 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB vs. East Tennessee State
  • 1B Sam Travis, Indiana - 5/13, 2 HR, 5 R, 3 RBI, 1 K, 3 BB vs. Illinois

Pitchers

  • RHP Tyler Beede, Vanderbilt - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K vs. Georgia
  • RHP Erick Fedde, UNLV - 6.2 IP, 9 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K vs. New Mexico
  • LHP Kyle Freeland, Evansville - 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 10 K vs. Bradley
  • LHP Jace Fry, Oregon State - 8.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 11 K vs. Oregon
  • RHP Daniel Gossett, Clemson - 9.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 13 K vs. Miami (FL)
  • RHP Nick Howard, Virginia - 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K vs. Florida State
  • RHP David Lucroy, East Carolina - 7.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 11 K vs. Florida Atlantic
  • RHP Aaron Nola, LSU - 5.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K vs. Tennessee
  • LHP Carlos Rodon, NC State - 9.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 15 K vs. Georgia Tech
  • RHP Daniel Savas, Illinois State - 8.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 11 K vs. Southern Illinois
  • RHP Jake Stinnett, Maryland - 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 10 K vs. Boston College