Posted by Mack Ade at 12:00 PM
Houston junior C Connor Wong vs. #15 Louisiana on 3-21: 3-5, 1-R, .321
UH - SOPHOMORE (2016) - Was a unanimous selection on the American Athletic Conference First Team as a utility player...Was one of just two Cougars to start in all 59 games...Saw action catcher, outfield and third base...Hit .304 with 70 hits -- second-best on the team...Drove in 30 RBI on 14 doubles one triple and five home runs...Slugged .439 and tallied an on-base percentage of .415...Was 9-for-11 in stolen bases...Finished with 18 multi-hit games and eight multi-RBI games, primarily as the Cougars' leadoff hitter...Rode a 13-game hit streak from Feb. 26 -- March 16...Had a season-high four hits in an American Championship win over Tulane (May 28)...Drove in a season-high three RBI twice at Tulane (April 30) and vs. Rice (May 17)...Led the team with 52 runs scored and scored at least one run in 31 of the games...Led off the season with a home run vs. Villanova (Feb. 19)...Had back-to-back games with home runs in the series win over Baylor (March 4-5)...Led Houston with 43 walks for an on-base percentage of .415...Had 12 games with two or more walks...Led the Cougars with a .412 average in the American Championship as he went 7-for-17 with six runs, three doubles and three RBI en route to being named to the All-Tournament team...Fielded .988 with just four errors and 315 putouts and 27 assists.
Clemson junior C Chris Williams vs. College of Charleston on 3-21: 2-5, 2-R, 2-RBI, 2-HR, .356
CU - 2016: Hit .245 with 34 runs, five doubles, one triple, eight homers, 38 RBIs, a .342 on-base percentage, 18 walks, 12 hit-by-pitches and two steals in 57 games (52 starts, including 39 at first base and 13 at third base) ... tied for seventh in Tiger history in hit-by-pitches ... had 15 multiple-hit games and 11 multiple -RBI games ... hit .322 with four homers and 13 RBIs after the sixth inning ... had five homers and 19 RBIs in the last 15 games ... Clemson Regional All-Tournament selection after going 6-for-15 with one homer, six RBIs, four runs and three walks in four games ... went 3-for-4 with an RBI, three runs and two hit-by-pitches against Maine on Feb. 21 ... went 2-for-3 with a hit-by-pitch and game-tying, run-scoring single in the ninth inning against No. 22 Boston College on March 20 ... went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, his first as a Tiger, double, walk and steal at No. 4 Miami (Fla.) on March 26 ... went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs, four runs and a hit-by-pitch at Western Carolina on March 30 ... went 2-for-4 with a game-tying, two-run single in the sixth inning against Pittsburgh on April 3 ... hit a two-run homer to tie the score in the seventh inning at Georgia on April 5 ... went 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs and a walk against No. 9 NC State on May 7 ... went 2-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs at Georgia Southern on May 13 ... went 2-for-5 with a homer, four RBIs and two runs at Georgia Southern on May 15 ... hit the game-winning home run in the 11th inning at Notre Dame on May 19 ... went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk at Notre Dame on May 21 ... went 1-for-3 with two runs and a walk against No. 8 Virginia in the ACC Tournament on May 26; led off the ninth inning with a single and scored the go-ahead run ... went 1-for-3 with a double, two RBIs, three runs, a walk and hit-by-pitch against No. 11 Florida State in the ACC Tournament on May 29 ... went 2-for-5 with a homer, five RBIs, three runs and a walk against Western Carolina in the Clemson Regional on June 3 ... went 2-for-3 with a run and walk against No. 18 Oklahoma State in the Clemson Regional on June 4 ... played for Long Beach in the California Collegiate League in the summer, where he hit .233 with four runs, three doubles, one triple, 10 RBIs and one steal in 17 games.
Byron T. Embry - @ByronEmbry - 2017 TCU RHP Caleb Sloan debuted today flashing 97 a few times w/ decent breaking ball. (Jheremy Brown @JBrownPG): Had heard Sloan showed a jump in velocity, 1st start of spring. 94-96 mph early, showed a SL in the mid-80s early
PG - 2016 National Showcase Jun 15, 2016 - PG Grade: 10 - Caleb Sloan is a 2017 RHP with a 6-3 215 lb. frame from Centennial, CO who attends Regis Jesuit HS. Big and strong athletic build. Very good arm speed from a high 3/4's arm slot, creates big downhill angle to the plate, arm is loose and clean out front, repeats his mechanics well. Low 90's fastball up to 94 mph, mostly straight with occasional arm side running life, ball is heavy down in the zone, has gained 6-7 mph over the past year. Slider is a very good second pitch with tight spin and sharp downward biting action. Will need to develop a change up but has two potential plus pitches in his fastball/slider combination and throws strikes. Verbal commitment to Texas Christian. Selected for the Perfect Game All-American Classic.
Kendall Rogers - @KendallRogersD1 - Stanford continuing to be cautious with RHP Tristan Beck. Originally wanted him on the mound this weekend. Now pushing that back.
When The Giants Come To Town - Tristan Beck is a Draft Eligible Sophomore from Stanford. As a HS senior at Corona, HS(CA), he notified MLB teams he intended to honor his commitment to Stanford and was drafted in Round 34 by the Milwaukee Brewers who failed to sign him. Beck is a tall drink of water who is listed at 6'4", 160 lbs. Yes, you read that right. His facial features remind me of Kelby Tomlinson, specs and all. Despite his thin build, he is no weakling on the mound. His frame looks surprisingly well proportioned and like he could easily hold another 30-40 lbs. As you might imagine, he has a long whippy arm and a drop and drive approach that delivers a FB that runs 90-96 MPH. He also features a conventional curveball, a spike curve that looks like a slider and a decent changeup. He was the Opening Day starter for Stanford as a freshman and had multiple dominant starts. His final freshman stat line: 6-5, 2.48, 83.1 IP, 26 BB, 76 K. He is a top 10 talent for the 2017 draft, but could fall depending on how hard MLB teams think it will be to sign him as he could stay in school and still have leverage as a junior in 2018.
Top Ranked 3B in Draft as of today - Jake Burger Missouri State .351/.444/.784, 9 HR, 21 RBI
Minor League Ball - It is a well-known law of the draft that advanced college bats are always in short supply. The nation’s top high school bats are poached in the early round of the draft and give up going to college in favor of big signing bonus and a shot at a professional career. It is rare that the top draft-eligible hitters pass up an opportunity to play in affiliated ball, with 2016’s Drew Mendoza playing the exception to the rule as opposed to a case study. Even rarer, however, is the circumstance in which a player goes to college an unknown and comes out a top prospect. Jake Burger, the slugger who mans Missouri State University’s hot corner, is actually such a case.