Here is a recap of how each player did this weekend. You can click on their name to go to their draft tracker.
Harper missed the first game of Friday’s doubleheader due to being suspended for one game, which is automatic if a player is ejected from a game in the SWAC. Harper was ejected last Saturday for his actions in taunting the other team after a home run in his first at-bat of the double header that day.
Harper returned for the final three games of the series this weekend and combined to go 4-for-8 with two walks, two doubles, and five RBIs. That seems like a ho-hum weekend for Harper, and it’s pretty impressive when you bat .500/.600/.750 in a weekend and it’s not consider a big event. Harper has been tearing up the SWAC in the month of March, with a .552/.649/1.172 line, and a homer every 7.25 at-bats in 29 at-bats. That’s right, his OPS for the month is 1.821.
Ranaudo missed another week, but threw a bullpen session on Sunday
. Ranaudo’s session was 25-pitches at full velocity, and everything went well. He’s on track to make his return on Sunday against Tennessee, and the idea is to move him up one day each series until he’s back pitching on Friday nights. He’s lost a lot of ground, but still has time to regain his stock as the number two overall prospect.
Colon had a huge weekend after going 0-for-8 to start the week. Against Washington, Colon went 8-for-13 with four homers, a double, two steals, three walks, and no strikeouts. Despite his poor performance this year, Colon has only struck out four times in 80 at-bats, which is encouraging. Even though he raised his line from .209/.316/.299 before the series, to .275/.379/.513 after the series, his value still is down. Colon will have to show that this wasn’t a fluke outing against a team with poor pitching. It’s a long shot for Colon to be the number two overall pick unless he continues hitting well like this, although four homers every weekend might be a big too much to expect.
Pomeranz pitched six shutout innings, allowing just one hit, and striking out nine with two walks at Kentucky. Pomeranz is having a very impressive season, now with a 1.23 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP, a 15.0 K/9, a 5.4 K/BB, and a .170 BAA in 29.1 innings. He also went without a homer for the first time in four games in this outing.
McGuire struggles a bit, going eight innings, and allowing two earned runs on seven hits. McGuire allowed five runs, but three in the first inning were unearned. McGuire struck out six and walked three, with two homers allowed in the game. It was uncharacteristic, as McGuire averaged over a strikeout an inning before the game, hadn’t allowed a homer, and only walked five batters in his previous 31 innings. The only difference is that McGuire was on the road, as opposed to his first four starts at home. We’ll have to watch to see if this is a trend.
Brentz didn’t have a good weekend, going 2-for-12 with four strikeouts and a walk. Brentz started out the week with a 2-for-3 performance against Lipscomb, where he also homered and walked three times. While his overall numbers look good, Brentz is in question mostly because of his strikeout ratio, which has slipped from his sophomore year to this season. I received a few questions about the significance of the strikeout ratio for Brentz, and I’m going to dedicate a post to it, but I’ve been busy the last few days getting ready for Spring Training, which is why it’s been put on hold until later in the week.
LeVon Washington - Washington continues to hit well, going 4-for-13 in the last week, with a homer, two walks, and four strikeouts. Washington is hitting for a .361/.477/.667 line in the month of March, after a disappointing .190/.320/.238 line in 21 at-bats in February, which may have been due to the results of an injured hand. Washington injured his hand at the end of January after having it stepped on sliding in to third base.
James Taillon - Taillon struggled in his second straight outing, allowing 11 runs, and being chased out of the game in the fifth inning. Taillon has allowed 17 runs in his last two games, with just about 10 innings of work combined between the two outings. He was pitching in the 94-98 MPH range, but obviously wasn’t un-hittable. Taillon’s struggles are a bit of a concern, since he should be dominating prep ball with the amount of talent he is supposed to have.