Mack – Draft 5-Pack – Clarke Schmidt, Alex Faedo, David Peterson, Charlie Barnes, Jesse Esphorst Jr.
Posted by Mack Ade at 12:30 AM
GamecockCentral.com - @GamecockCentral – South Carolina RHP Clarke Schmidt pitched 7.1 innings, picking up 12 strikeouts on his way to win number three.
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When The Giants Come To Town - Clarke Schmidt was a skinny 170 lbs coming out of HS with a FB that sat 89-90 MPH. He's filled out, especially in the lower half, and now pumps heat at 92-96 MPH with what one scout described as "hard sink". He adds a slider that he uses as a putaway pitch as well as a curveball and changeup. Keith Law thinks he's a reliever in the pros, but if the changeup develops, he could be a workhorse starter. I would put him at the head of a deep second tier of college pitchers who could sneak into the bottom of the first round.
Kendall Rogers - @KendallRogersD1 - Florida RHP Alex Faedo tonight against Seton Hall: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 87 pitches
Theballsouttahere - One pitcher that could very well rise to the top of this year’s draft class is right-handed pitcher Alex Faedo. He was drafted in the 40th round of the 2014 draft by Detroit, but he obviously oped to attend the University of Florida. Faedo dominated in his sophomore season, posting a 3.18 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 11.4 K/9 in 104.2 innings.
Josh Norris @jnorris427 - Entering the year the Oregon baseball single-game strikeout record was 14. David Peterson has reached or beat that total two weeks in a row.
Scout.com - Command will be the key to Peterson's success at the next level, but in college, he's been beating hitters with his low to mid 90's fastball with plus sink and arm-side run, helping him work away from right-handed hitters. The southpaw likes to work inside on lefties with his fastball, allowing the run and sink to break back into the zone, jamming hitters or making them stare at strikes on the inner half. Working from a low 3/4 arm slot, Peterson has shown good movement on all his pitches, with his fastball being the best of his trio. His best off-speed offering is his above-average low 80's changeup that he works against both righties and lefties. He works in a big-breaking curveball with a dipping break that he's shown a feel for, but still needs to be refined.
Post and Courier - Charlie Barnes tossed 61/3 strong innings to lead Clemson over Notre Dame at Doug Kingsmore Stadium. Barnes (1-1) allowed just four hits, one unearned run and two walks with seven strikeouts in 61/3 innings pitched to earn the win. Jacob Hennessy pitched the final 22/3 innings the record his second save of the season. Notre Dame starter Brandon Bielak (0-3) suffered the loss, as he yielded three hits three runs and six walks with six strikeouts in 5 innings.
CBS News - A 16-year-old was killed -- and his father seriously injured -- in a three-vehicle hit-and-run collision Tuesday night in the city of Torrance that led to the arrest of a man on vehicular manslaughter charges, CBS Los Angeles reports. A 2004 Audi A6 and a 2014 Mercedes Benz GLK350 were both traveling north when they ran a red light and collided with a 2000 Toyota Sienna van that was making a left turn, police said. The Sienna was carrying 47-year-old Jesse Esphorst and his son, Jesse Esphorst Jr. Both were transported to a hospital, where Esphorst Jr. was pronounced dead. His father was in serious condition with undisclosed injuries.