Draft Prospect Watch: Bryant Scores Five Runs In Slugfest

We take a look at the recap of Saturday’s games from the top prospects around college baseball. Plus a big pitching performance late Friday night from an unsigned pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates from the 2010 draft. For a list of games to watch through early next week, check out our Draft Prospect Watch Schedule. Also, check out the draft preview posted here and the recap of the first week’s action here. Just a reminder, the Pirates pick #9 and #14 in this year’s June amateur draft, so for the duration of the college season, leading up to draft day, we are following the players daily that are ranked in that range.

From late Friday night in Hawaii, Austin Kubitza of Rice had another brilliant outing. The 7th round pick of the Pirates in 2010, Kubitza threw seven shutout innings, striking out 13 batters. He had some control issues, walking five batters, while also giving up four hits. Kubitza wasn’t around for the win though, the game ended with a 2-0 Rice win in 17 innings. He was followed on the mound by Zech Lemond, who threw four shutout innings of his own. Lemond was drafted by the Pirates in the 50th round of the 2011 draft.

Third baseman Colin Moran from North Carolina went 2-for-5, with a run scored and an RBI today. He hit into a double play in his first AB, then struck out the next inning, as his team took a 4-0 lead. He got into the scoring with an RBI single in the fourth inning, that put his team up 8-0. In the seventh inning, he singled to lead-off the frame, then came around to score. In Moran’s last AB, he lined out to left field

Kent Emanuel started today for North Carolina in their 11-2 win over Stony Brook. The 19th round pick of the Pirates in 2010, pitched seven innings in the win, allowing one earned run on four hits, two walks and he struck out eight.

Third baseman Kris Bryant and San Diego had a doubleheader today against Kent State. The first game was a slugfest, ending with an 18-11 San Diego win. Bryant went 2-for-4, with an RBI, a double, one walk, a HBP and five runs scored. In game two, he had a little trouble at the plate, as did his teammates early on. San Diego ended up losing 9-5, with Bryant striking out in three straight AB’s, before grounding out to 1B, then drawing a walk in his last time up.

Jason Hursh from Oklahoma State, pitched a complete game today against NJIT, a small Division I school from New Jersey. He allowed one run on four hits over seven innings, with five strikeouts. Hursh was a sixth round draft pick of the Pirates in 2010.

Stanford’s Austin Wilson sat out his fifth straight game. He won’t play tomorrow either due to a muscle strain near his elbow.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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