Here is a recap of how each player did this weekend. You can click on their name to go to their draft tracker.
Harper continued to destroy JuCo pitching this weekend, going 7-for-14 with four homers, three walks, and two strikeouts. In the month of March, Harper is hitting for a .535/.648/1.233 line in 43 at-bats. What is more impressive is that he has a 6:12 K/BB ratio, and has hit a homer once every 5.38 at-bats.
Before the month of March, Harper had a good stat line, hitting .356/.451/.678 with a homer every 14.75 at-bats. Is this recent success a sign that Harper has mastered JuCo pitching, or is it just a hot streak? As of right now, there is no way you can say that Harper is not the number one player in the draft. If the Nationals pass on him for whatever reason, the Pirates have to take him.
Ranaudo returned to action on Saturday for the first time since his 2010 debut on February 19th. He pitched two perfect innings with a strikeout in his first game back. Ranaudo has a long way to go to regain the number two prospect spot behind Harper, although there aren’t many options who have the upside Ranaudo brings. If he can dominate the rest of the season, and show that his injury is behind him, he might re-enter the mix at number two behind Harper.
Colon went 5-for-16 with a homer this past week, raising his line to .281/.381/.531 on the season. Colon was struggling until breaking out last week against Washington with an 8-for-13 performance, including four homers. The problem with Colon is that he doesn’t seem to be hitting with much consistency.
This past week Colon had one day where he went 0-for-4, and two 1-for-4 days, with each hits being singles. His weekend was made on Saturday when he went 3-for-4 with a homer, and a double. Colon’s overall numbers are starting to look better, but he’s not much of an everyday help if he’s just going to put up all of his numbers in one big game.
Pomeranz continued to impress, pitching 7.1 innings against Florida, allowing one run on five hits, with nine strikeouts and two walks. Pomeranz did throw around 120 pitches, which is a cause for concern. He’s yet to top the 100 pitch mark at any alarming rate, so hopefully this isn’t a sign of things to come with him. In previous games, Mississippi has built a big lead for Pomeranz. This was a one run outing, which probably means that Mississippi wanted to keep their ace in longer to give them a better shot.
Pomeranz has had an impressive season. He’s yet to allow more than one run in any of his six starts this year. He’s also yet to allow more than a hit per inning. He’s got a 14.2 K/9 ratio and a 5.3 K/BB ratio in 36.2 innings on the season, and a .172 BAA.
McGuire went seven innings, allowing one run on six hits, with three walks and ten strikeouts at UNC on Friday, continuing his impressive season. McGuire, like Pomeranz, has really stepped up to fill the void left by Anthony Ranaudo and Christian Colon at the top of the draft boards. On the season he had a 9.6 K/9, a 4.5 K/BB, and a 0.4 HR/9, with a .213 BAA.
Brentz didn’t play this weekend, sitting out with an undisclosed injury. He did play a game last week in which he went 1-for-2 with a homer.
LeVon Washington - Washington only had one game last week, and went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs in the outing. Today he went 1-for-1 with a walk and a sacrifice fly. On the season he is hitting for a .329/.441/.553 line, although his line in the month of March is .390/.500/.732, with a homer every 10.25 at-bats. Not bad for a second base prospect.
James Taillon - After two straight poor outings, Taillon bounced back in a big way, throwing a no hitter, and striking out 19 batters in the process. That’s an amazing feat, considering prep games go seven innings, and there are only 21 outs in a game. Despite his struggles, Taillon has been dominant with the strikeouts in the last two contests leading up to this one. This is a key example of how dominating he can be, and may be enough to lock him in as the number two prospect in the draft. The big question is: would the Pirates take a high school arm?