One of my hopes is to locate a name off my list every weekend that outplayed his coverage. This weekend is about a player who might get selected from the list below, but he tends to be a bit “under” regarding velocity. Louisville’s Friday guy is southpaw Reid Detmers led the Cardinals to an opening day win against Ole Miss. Detmers tossed the first five of the game, and was gifted a 4-1 lead with an offensive explosion after he was finished. The #18 Rebels managed three hits and two walks over five. The run was earned, and Detmers fanned nine against an SEC squad on a short start his first time out. Why isn’t he on my list?
Reid Detmers, high Fastball (foul) & Curveball (swinging K), Overlay. pic.twitter.com/cZ4bW5huyW— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) February 15, 2020
He’s a bit generic on velocity.
Any valid look at college baseball almost requires a look at D1Baseball’s Friday night coverage. Noted toward the top is Kade Mechals from Grand Canyon University. If you’re in Mesa for Spring Training, but have a Friday night off, you might want to head over to Brazell in Phoenix. He’l get drafted somewhere, and you’ll see some scouting heat behind the home plate screen. Video exists of the game.
From the Big Ten, Minnesota’s Max Meyer might creep into the top twenty, or earlier, if he keeps this up.
The Biggest Riser of Opening Night was without a doubt Max Meyer. A Copy-and-Past Version of Sony Gray.— Mason McRae (@mason_mcrae) February 15, 2020
Was up to 100 and sat 97-98 in the first and then sat 94-96 in the 4th inning. One of the more mechanically sound pitchers in the entire country.pic.twitter.com/1J7vumO2QO
Miami’s presumed shortstop, Freddy Zamora, will miss the season. Zamora was expected to go in the top two rounds.
Breaking: Miami Athletics announces SS Freddy Zamora will miss season with torn ACL. Huge blow to the Canes— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) February 13, 2020
Former Cubs draft pick Wyatt Hendrie (2019/10th Round) was part of an opening day comeback for San Diego State.
New Year, same old Virginia Tech. Up 5-0 going into the 7th, they give up 7 Unanswered and fall to SDSU.— Mason McRae (@mason_mcrae) February 14, 2020
2019 MLB Draft Pick, Wyatt Hendrie goes 2-4, with HBP and 2020 Top 100 Prospect, Casey Schmidtt goes 1-4 with the 6-Out-Save to Win It.
Here are my 14 players to watch
1) Austin Martin, shortstop, Vanderbilt
Martin was hitless in four in his first game, playing third base. (Much of the time, I’ll prioritize Friday games.) Martin did drive in a run in a 3-2 loss. I’ll probably just leave him up here for awhile.
2) Emerson Hancock, RHP, Georgia
He was spared a loss in his first start of the year as the Bulldogs scored two in the ninth to win 7-6. First starts are about as useless long-term as a high draft pick’s first fractional season.
3) Spencer Torkelson, first base, Arizona State
There are 3 Gurantees in Life: Death, Taxes, and Spencer Torkelson putting on a show.pic.twitter.com/vBAzautrKJ— Mason McRae (@mason_mcrae) February 15, 2020
4) Mick Abel, RHP, Jesuit HS (OR)
5) Austin Hendrick, right field, West Allegheny HS (PA)
6) Nick Gonzales, second base, New Mexico State
He started at short on Friday night:
New Mexico State INF Nick Gonzales: 2-for-4, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, BB vs Texas Southern— Locked On Orioles (@LockedOnOrioles) February 15, 2020
Made some slick plays up the middle and rocked a 3-R HR to put the game away in the 8th
Highlights from @ColinDeaverTV: pic.twitter.com/GN0CqWZgdG
And backed it up with three on Sunday:
7) Jordan Walker, third base, Decatur HS (GA)
8) JT Ginn, RHP, Mississippi State
Ginn struggled against Horizon League foe Wright State. Ginn was touched for three runs in three innings. Don’t take much from it.
9) Nick Bitsko, RHP, Central Bucks East HS (PA)
10) Robert Hassell, center field, Independence HS (TN)
11) Jared Kelley, RHP, Refugio HS (TX)
12) Asa Lacy, LHP, Texas A&M
6 innings, one run, eight strikeouts against Miami (Ohio). Things get tougher in a hurry for Lacy.
Asa Lacy, Back Foot Slider ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/yijOAFqAeJ— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) February 17, 2020
13) Garrett Crochet, LHP, Tennessee
Did not pitch.
Tony Vitello on if Garrett Crochet’s shoulder soreness that caused him to miss today’s start could be an extended absence:— Ben McKee (@benmckee14) February 14, 2020
“It could.. I’m in no rush.. people will probably be frustrated with me including him on how conservative we’re going to be. We’re gonna look out for him.” pic.twitter.com/sgivWAM8R4
14) Heston Kjerstad, right field, Arkansas
And two more bombs on Sunday. Look where the second baseman is here.
Kjerstad's 4th HR of the season! pic.twitter.com/7igMmi1PZQ— Sharp Williams (@SharpTusk) February 16, 2020
My Plus 4
Plus 1 Garrett Mitchell, right field, UCLA
3-for-8 with 3 walks and 3 HBP for the weekend.
Plus 2 Zac Veen right field, Port Orange HS (FL)
Plus 3 Patrick Bailey, catcher, North Carolina State
Plus 4 Ed Howard shortstop Mt. Carmel HS (IL)
Nick Loftin is a name I’ve seen floated to the Cubs
Here’s how you can get tossed in college ball.
this kid really got tossed in the 9th inning for ...uh, swiping the dirt with his bat after a called strike? pic.twitter.com/n1wRlPp2zt— Christian D'Andrea (@TrainIsland) February 15, 2020
Let’s walk it off with a balk-off:
And a strike-em-out-throw-em-out DP.
And another walk-off: