2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 4/12

Here is a recap of how each player did this weekend.  You can click on their name to go to their draft tracker.
Harper had another big weekend, going 5-for-13 with three homers, giving him 15 homers on the season.  Harper started off by going 0-for-3 in game one on Friday, but followed that up with a 2-for-4 performance, and a homer.  Harper also hit a homer in each game during Saturday’s double header, and recorded his 12th stolen base in game one.
Harper is now hitting for a .422/.523/.883 line on the season, with a homer every 8.53 at-bats in 128 at-bats.
Ranaudo picked up his first win of the season, pitching five innings against Auburn on Friday.  Ranaudo allowed three runs on five hits, with three walks and three strikeouts.  This was Ranaudo’s third appearance since missing over a month with his elbow injury, and he’s yet to establish himself as a pitcher that is ahead of the rest of the draft pack.  Ranaudo has seen an increase in innings each start, and should be fully stretched out soon.  Now the only thing he needs to do is return to putting up numbers like we saw from him in his first start.
Colon had a bit of a down week, going 1-for-4 during the week last week, then combining for a 1-for-7 performance on Friday and Saturday.  This was written before his game on Sunday, which is why his stats for that game are not represented.  Colon’s 0-for-3 performance on Friday broke a modest seven game hitting streak.  Despite the down week, Colon is hitting for a .370/.452/.667 line in 27 at-bats during the month of April, with two homers.

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Pomeranz was dominant in his start on Friday against Georgia.  The Mississippi ace pitched eight innings, allowing one run on four hits, with 15 strikeouts and three walks.  It was the second time this season that Pomeranz has struck out 15 batters in a game, and the third time this season that he’s recorded double digit strikeouts in a game.  On the season, Pomeranz has an 80:20 K/BB ratio in 51.2 innings.  He’s clearly stepping up as one of the top college options in the draft, if not the top college option behind Harper.
McGuire had a rough outing against the University of Virginia.  I was at the game, so check out my recap of his performance here.
Brentz missed his third weekend in a row.
BONUS PROSPECTS
LeVon Washington - Washington went 5-for-13 this week with one homer, his seventh of the season.  Washington is now hitting for a .500/.565/1.100 line in 20 at-bats in April, with three homers.  If you take out the month of February, in which his numbers dropped to a .190/.320/.238 line due to a hand injury, Washington is hitting for a .392/.490/.747 line this season, with a homer every 11.29 at-bats in 79 at-bats.  He also has an 18:18 K/BB ratio on the season, demonstrating excellent plate patience.
James Taillon - Taillon recorded another dominating performance, pitching six shutout innings, and allowing just three hits, while striking out 13.  Taillon is really in a groove now.  He has 46 strikeouts in 20 innings in his last three starts.  He’s allowed just five hits in those starts, and two runs, thanks mostly to a no-hitter in the first outing.  He continues to make a strong case as the top player in the draft behind Harper.
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