Draft Prospect Watch: Peterson’s Season Is Done, Moran and Renfroe Continue On

Sixteen teams saw their season end tonight in college baseball, as the MLB Amateur draft is less than a week away. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the 9th and 14th picks this upcoming Thursday and we saw the season end for one of the players who has been mentioned often as a possible target for them in the first round. Below we take a look at some of the best college bats and pitchers still playing, along with updates on a couple former Pirates draft picks.

D.J. Peterson saw his college season end tonight - Image Credit: David Benyak

D.J. Peterson saw his college season end tonight – Image Credit: David Benyak

Kris Bryant and San Diego, took on rival San Diego State in the second game of their College World Series run. On the mound against Bryant, was Michael Cederoth, who looks to be a top ten pick in next year’s draft. Cederoth lasted just 4.1 innings, giving up four runs(three earned) on two hits, with five walks and five strikeouts. Bryant went 1-for-3, with a walk, single and strikeout. San Diego won 6-3, so they will continue on.

Colin Moran and North Carolina won their second game today, beating Towson by an 8-5 score. Moran had another so-so day, going 1-for-4, with a walk. He failed to score or drive in a run. Moran has not been putting up big numbers recently, but his draft position is as strong as ever. Kent Emanuel was on the mound for NC today. The 2010 draft pick of the Pirates, went 7.2 innings, allowing five runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out eight. He threw 124 pitches, 77 for strikes.

New Mexico lost 6-5 in 13 innings to Columbia tonight. First baseman DJ Peterson went 2-for-6 in the contest, driving home one run. He hit his 25th double of the season and drove in his 72nd run. Peterson also struck out twice in the game, the second one ending the game with the tying run on third base. With the loss, New Mexico’s season is over.

Hunter Renfroe and Mississippi State stayed alive today, with a 6-2 win over South Alabama. Renfroe drove in his 56th run of the season, going 1-for-5 on the night. He had two strikeouts and left four runners on base.

Bobby Wahl moved to 10-0 on the season in an 8-4 win over Binghamton. He gave up two runs over seven innings, surrendering eight hits, while walking two and striking out two batters. Wahl threw 100 pitches, 63 for strikes. Baseball America had a recap of Wahl’s start, which can be read here.

Former Pirates draft pick from 2010, Miami’s Dale Carey, continued his season-long struggles. He went 0-for-4 tonight, striking out once and dropping his average to .194 on the season. He is draft eligible this year, but he will likely return for his senior year to try to get back on track.

Draft Notes

From early Saturday morning, we posted an article on the chances the Pirates have of taking certain players in the draft, using the mock drafts of five of the leading draft experts. That article, with results, can be read here.

High School right-handed pitcher Phil Bickford has been mentioned numerous times as a first round pick this year, sometimes getting mentioned in the high teens in mock drafts. With his start today, he may have moved up a spot or two on the draft charts. In his school’s championship game, he threw a one-hitter and struck out 18 batters. Bickford has hit 96 MPH this year.

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Author: 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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  • https://profiles.google.com/106508220943703406151 Kevin Anstrom

    Thanks for the update.
    If I could pick the #1 selection for the Astros I’d go with Phil Bickford and cut a deal for $3-4M.

    • meatygettingsaucy

      And there was a huge sigh of relief from the entire Astros community that you are not picking for them

  • http://twitter.com/hoosierIUdaddy hoosierIUdaddy

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Bickford is an absolute stud. Look at the BA mock draft and the players matched to the teams. It just seems so perfect. The good teams taking the great guys and the Pirates, Indians, etc taking their usual guy. I like to think I know these prospects pretty well but here goes: DET-Bickford RHP, TX-Hunter Green LHP, ATL-Billy McKinney OF, CIN-Hunter Harvey RHP. I consider all of those teams EXCELLENT drafting teams, maybe the four best out there, well Cincy is in the top 10. Why do they link some of the best guys to the best teams? Those HS guys are all high ceiling and they consistently give the Pirates Renfroe, Peterson, Moran, ohhh Pirates making a big play and taking McGuire (okay there’s ten of those HS catchers this year and varying opinions across the board… BIG DEAL idiots!). I honestly believe we need to start acting like Pirates more. Instead of searching for gold and failing for 20 years in a row, I think we start stealing guys that are projected to other teams. Austin Meadows OF/1B and Phil Bickford RHP. BOOM, best draft out there. And you want your HS catcher get that in rd 2 and you can get a GREAT LHP in round 3, my guy Jake Brentz (up to 97 on the gun… Clay Buchholz comp from me). Don’t search for the gold, just STEAL IT