Weekend Draft Prospects Preview 3/11-3/13

Rendon will go up against Drew Gagnon this weekend.

A few 2011 draft prospect notes heading in to the weekend:

-MLB.com has a feature on Anthony Rendon from the Houston College Classic this past weekend.

-Rendon went 1-for-6 in his two games this week, with his only hit being a triple.  He walked three times, and struck out twice.

-One interesting matchup to watch on Friday is the Rice vs Long Beach State matchup.  Long Beach State will send Drew Gagnon to the mound against Rendon and the Rice offense.  Gagnon was the 10th round pick for the Pirates in the 2008 draft, and is currently off to a good start in his junior year, with a 1.37 ERA in 19.2 innings over three starts, along with a 19:8 K/BB ratio.

-MLBTR had a Q&A with Gerrit Cole.

-A quick note on Cole: one concern with college pitchers is overuse and high pitch counts, which could lead to future injuries.  Even though Cole has pitched two complete games this season, his pitch count has been reasonable.  His first complete game was only 104 pitches.  His most recent one was 101 pitches.

-Matt Purke missed 15 days, then returned on Sunday to pitch six shutout innings.  He will pitch this week on Saturday, as he makes his way back to starting on Friday nights.

The schedule for the top three draft prospects this weekend:

FRIDAY

2:00 PM EST – Rice (Rendon) vs Long Beach State

9:00 PM EST – UCLA (Cole) vs Georgia

SATURDAY

3:00 PM EST – TCU (Purke) vs Houston Baptist

10:00 PM EST – Rice (Rendon) vs California

SUNDAY

3:30 PM EST – Rice (Rendon) vs UC Santa Barba

People to follow on Twitter for updates:

Rendon: @Chronicle_Owls @FSH_Owls

Cole: @DBSports @RyeUCLAbaseball

Purke: @TCU_Baseball

And of course you can follow me @pirateprospects.

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Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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