Today we have some links of note from the last few days, dealing with the first week of the college season. We also have some action from the first three days of this week. The draft begins on June 8th and the Pittsburgh Pirates have the 19th and 32nd overall picks.
Pacific right fielder Gio Brusa went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and run scored on Monday against Washington. You can check out our college hitters preview for more on Brusa and the other players listed below.
On Wednesday, D.J. Stewart from Florida State went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and run scored in his team’s 5-3 loss to Jacksonville. He is 6-for-12 with seven walks in his first four games. The starting pitcher for FSU was Bryant Holtmann, who was the 37th round draft pick of the Pirates last year. He lasted just three innings and had trouble throwing strikes. Holtmann gave up three runs(two earned) on four hits and two walks.
Florida shortstop Richie Martin went 1-for-4 with a single and a sacrifice fly on Wednesday against South Florida. He scored twice and drove in two runs. Martin committed his first error of the season.
Shortstop Alex Bregman from LSU went 2-for-5, with a single, a double and a hit-by-pitch. He drove in one run and scored once in a 6-3 loss to Nicholls State. He went 2-for-12 during his opening weekend.
If you missed it from Monday, we posted video of Josh Staumont hitting 100 MPH and prep lefty Justin Hooper facing some top HS talent.
Baseball America has video and a scouting report on Kyle Cody, a righty out of Kentucky. Cody is often ranked in the Pirates range for their first pick, so he is one to follow closely. If he drops off a little, he could then become a possibility for their second pick.
Also from Baseball America, the stats recap from the first week, along with some notes on a few of the top pitchers. The stats are for the top-rated draft-eligible players and run through Sunday.
For ESPN Insiders, Chris Crawford has notes from the first week, including Vanderbilt’s terrific pitching staff, Nate Kirby’s first start, and two highly rated shortstops from the SEC. There are also some interesting notes on Josh Staumont and his draft stock.
Perfect Game has a video for Louisville’s Kyle Funkhouser, as well as stats for their top-rated college players in the draft. Similar to what Baseball America has, but you can see the differences in the rankings between the two sources.
Dan Kirby from Through The Fence Baseball has ten college players to watch after they each had a strong first week. As a side note, Kirby was very high on Connor Joe last year and mentioned him often when everyone else had him rated lower.