This past weekend saw Bryce Harper out of action due to no games on the schedule, Anthony Ranaudo out of action due to an injury, and alternate options for the Pirates’ number two selection in the draft in action, with Drew Pomeranz being the player of the week from the remaining players I’m tracking. Here is a recap of how each player did this weekend. You can click on their name to go to their draft tracker.
Harper was off this week, but I wanted to take a moment to correct something from last week’s rundown. I posted Harper’s numbers in tournament play last week, citing those as metal bat numbers. Rocco DeMaro pointed out that Harper was using a wooden bat, as can be heard in the videos I included in the post (I didn’t actually have the sound on when I watched them). My original research in the Scenic West Athletic Conference said that tournament play used metal bats, however, a closer look showed that the first two tournaments were indeed wooden bat only tournaments. CSN’s third tournament, which occurred last weekend, was a wooden bat optional tournament. No word on whether a metal bat was used by Harper for his fourth homer. CSN also dropped another metal bat tournament in 2010, which cut down the metal bat portion of the schedule.
Even if Harper used a metal bat last weekend, his numbers with a wooden bat were .362/.426/.681 with three homers in 47 at-bats. That’s excellent for a 17 year old. CSN begins the conference play portion of their schedule on Friday, March 5th. All conference games use a wooden bat, so we’ll see if Harper continues hitting well with the wooden bats.
As I posted last week, Ranaudo was sidelined from his scheduled start on Friday against William & Mary due to elbow discomfort. It’s unknown whether he will miss just one start, or 2-3 weeks of action. That certainly hurts the draft stock of the top rated pitcher in the 2010 draft. It’s unknown whether Ranaudo will return for Friday’s game against Brown, although it doesn’t seem like a matchup to bring him back for if he’s not 100%. Conference play for LSU begins on Friday, March 19th, and I’d expect that LSU wants Ranaudo healthy for that portion of the schedule.
Colon went 0-for-4 on Friday against TCU, and the Saturday game was rained out, forcing a double header on Sunday. Colon went 3-for-4 with his first stolen base of the year in game one, but went 0-for-3 in game two, and was hit by a pitch. On the season, Colon is hitting for a .292/.333/.458 line, which is a far cry from his .357/.442/.529 line in 2009. He’ll need to get back to the 2009 numbers if he wants to remain one of the top hitters in the draft after Harper.
Pomeranz had a great outing on Friday, although it was against Oakland, and that’s not the team run by Billy Beane. Pomeranz went seven innings, allowing one run on four hits, with the lone run coming off of a solo homer. The impressive part was that he struck out 15, with no walks. On the season, Pomeranz has a 22:2 K/BB ratio in 11 innings. It’s early, but when you’re striking out two batters per inning, you’re doing something right. With Ranaudo hurt, Pomeranz could use this time to step up as a top pitching option in the draft. Pomeranz makes his next start Friday at Tulane.
McGuire is another top pitcher who could benefit from Ranaudo’s injury. McGuire wasn’t very efficient against Xavier this past weekend, but still managed a good outing, with two runs allowed on seven hits in seven innings, including six strikeouts and two walks. McGuire has a 16:2 K/BB ratio in 14 innings this season, with a 1.29 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP. Like Pomeranz, it’s hard to weigh the numbers considering the level of talent he’s played so far. McGuire makes his next start Friday against Rutgers.
Brentz has gotten off to a great start this season, hitting for a .368/.520/.526 line, including a 5-for-12 weekend this past weekend against Ohio. Brentz has yet to hit a homer, after hitting a division I leading 28 homers in 230 at-bats in 2009. He had a double in all three games this past weekend, his first extra base hits of the season. A lot of the appeal with Brentz comes from his power numbers, which have yet to be seen. However, an important question should be raised. If Brentz has a season closer to his freshman year numbers (.329/.404/.671) and not his sophomore year numbers (.465/.541/.930) do you think he remains worthy to be a sleeper candidate for the number two overall pick?
LeVon Washington - Washington played three games this weekend, going 2-for-10 with a double, no walks, and a strikeout. On the season, Washington is hitting for a poor .257/.366/.343 line. Last year Washington hit for a .400 average in 85 high school at-bats, with seven homers and 14 stolen bases. His jump to the JuCo level hasn’t gone well, although it’s unknown how much of these hitting problems are due to the injury he sustained at the start of the season when his hand was stepped on sliding in to third base.
James Taillon - Taillon made his debut on Thursday for The Woodlands High School, and from all accounts was very impressive. Taillon got the win, pitching five innings, allowing two hits, and striking out seven batters. He reportedly got his fastball up to 99 MPH in the first two innings. For those of you interested, Taillon did a Q&A with Baseball America. Taillon is expected to make his next start on Thursday. I couldn’t find complete stats on him, which is why he is staying in this section, rather than having a draft tracker.