The first weekend of the 2012 NCAA Division I season is in the books, giving us our first look at some of the top 2012 draft prospects. A few of the top guys got off to great starts, with the top performer being Victor Roache.
Roache went 4-for-10 at the plate in his opening weekend, homering twice. The outfielder hit a Division I leading 30 home runs in 2011, and started his 2012 season off on a similar note, hitting one home run each in his second and third game of the year. He also drew three walks and was hit by a pitch, giving him a .571 OBP to start the year.
The top starting pitchers didn’t disappoint. Mark Appel, Chris Beck, and Kevin Glausman all got their first wins of the year, with all three pitchers going six or more innings with one earned run allowed. Appel was the only pitcher to go seven innings, giving up just two hits, two walks, and striking out five. He’s the number one prospect in the draft, and is unlikely to fall to the Pirates. Beck and Glausman could still be on the board when the Pirates pick eighth.
Deven Marrero and Mike Zunino didn’t get off to the best starts. Marrero went 3-for-11 in his opening weekend. Zunino had a better result, going 5-for-13, although he struck out four times. Both hitters are considered top five prospects in the draft.
Mark Appel – 7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, W (1-0)
Chris Beck – 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, W (1-0)
Kevin Glausman – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR, W (1-0)
Deven Marrero – 3-for-11 (.273), 3 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 1 K, 2 BB
Victor Roache – 4-for-10 (.400), 4 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 K, 3 BB, 1 HBP
Mike Zunino – 5-for-13 (.385), 1 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 4 K, 1 BB
Baseball America released the draft pools for the 2012 draft. The Pirates will receive $6,563,500, a figure which includes the $2.9 M slot price for their first round pick, and doesn’t include a compensation pick for Derrek Lee.
-The high school baseball season starts this week.
-Victor Roache and Georgia Southern take on Georgia Tech on Wednesday.
-Mike Zunino and Florida have two games this week. They play Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday, then UCF on Wednesday.
-Deven Marrero and Arizona State resume their schedule this coming weekend.