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BA – Devin Hairston is putting together a strong junior season and is hitting .337/.375/.478 in 23 games. Somewhat surprisingly given All-American Brendan McKay’s presence in the Cardinals lineup and Hairston’s 5-foot-8, 175-pound frame, he leads the team with 25 RBIs. Long known primarily for his slick defense, Hairston has developed into one of Louisville’s best hitters. He batted .361/.415/.478 and led the team with 56 runs last year. Now playing a more prominent role in the Cardinals’ lineup, he has continued to hit. He said he tries to stay within himself at the plate and use all fields to hit.
Louisville - 2016: Started all 64 games at shortstop earning All-America honors while hitting .361 with three home runs, 45 RBI, 16 doubles and a team-high 56 runs scored. Was 3-for-5 with two doubles and one RBI in June 4 NCAA Regional win over Ohio State. Finished 2-for-4 with one RBI and scored once in May 20 win at Wake Forest. Went 2-of-3 with a home run and two RBI in May 19 victory over Demon Deacons. Was 2-for-4 with two RBI in May 17 win over Indiana. Had four total hits while hitting safely in all three wins against No. 10 NC State on May 13-15. Hit safely in all three games at No. 17 North Carolina on May 6-8. Was 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and scored twice in win over St. John’s in second game of April 29 doubleheader. Connected for second home run of the season in April 24 win at Boston College. Delivered game-winning RBI single to clinch walk-off win against No. 12 Kentucky and cap three-hit day at the plate on April 19. Was 2-for-5 with one RBI and scored twice in April 17 win against No. 16 Clemson. Went 3-of-5 with two RBI and three runs scored in series-opening victory against Tigers on April 15. Had two hits and scored three runs in April 13 win at No. 9 Kentucky. Was 2-for-5 with one RBI and scored twice in April 9 win at No. 5 Florida State. Finished 3-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in April 8 loss to the Seminoles. Hit safely in all three wins over Virginia Tech highlighted by 2-for-4 outing with a double and three RBI in April 3 victory over Hokies. Was 3-for-6 with a double and scored career best four runs in win at WKU on March 29. Finished 5-for-13 with three RBI and three runs scored in series win over No. 9 Virginia. Was 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a stolen base in March 23 win at Purdue. Doubled and drove in two runs in March 18 series-opener at No. 5 Miami. Went 3-for-4 with a double and scored twice in March 16 win over Wright State. Doubled, drove in two runs and scored three times in March 15 win against Xavier. Was 3-for-3 with two walks, double and one RBI in March 8 win over Longwood. Hit safely in all three games against Princeton, highlighted by a 2-for-3 outing with two RBI and a run scored in March 6 win. Hit safely in all three wins against SIU Edwardsville, including a 3-for-6 performance with two RBI and two runs scored in season-opener on Feb. 19.
D1 - Wil Crowe (South Carolina) continues to build his draft resume on the strength of consistent durability and power stuff. Working into the seventh inning once again for the Gamecocks, Crowe brought his power stuff to the hill, living at 93-97 mph and carrying it all the way through his outing. He also continues to show power two-seam life and has pitched very aggressively off that fastball. His curveball was sharp in this one, and he threw some effective changeups down in the zone as well. His three pitch mix and aggressive use of his fastball should put Crowe squarely in the first round this June.
SC - 2017 Preseason All-America 3rd Team (Baseball America) Rated No. 6 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by Baseball America Rated No. 7 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by D1Baseball Rated No. 9 best prospect in the SEC for 2017 MLB Draft by Perfect Game Rated No. 17 best overall junior in the nation by Perfect Game Rated No. 36 best overall prospect in the nation for 2017 MLB Draft by MLB.com 2016 SEC Academic Honor Roll 2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll Spring 2015 Dean's List
Trinity RHP A.J. Labas struck out 13 batters. He threw strikes 78% of the time & first pitch strikes to 21-of-27 batters.
PG - AJ Labas is a 2017 RHP/1B with a 6-3 220 lb. frame from Middleburg, FL who attends Trinity Christian Academy. Extra big and strong build, looks like a college linebacker. High energy delivery that he repeats very well, high elbow in back, arm is fast and clean coming through from a high 3/4's slot. Steady 89-91 mph fastball, gets a bit of late life to get off barrels and has good downhill angle. Slurve type breaking ball has very tight spin at times with sharp biting action, showed feel and command of the pitch and was plus at times. Did not show a change up this outing but will be very interesting if he can develop one with his present fastball/curveball combination. Good student, verbal commitment to North Florida.
Nathan Rode @NathanRode - 3B/RHP Joe Perez (Archbishop McCarthy HS, FL) was 3-for-4 today with 7 RBIs. GS, 1B, 2B
PG - Joseph Perez is a 2017 3B/1B/RHP with a 6-3 205 lb. frame from Pembroke Pines, FL who attends Archbishop Edward McCarthy HS. Big and strong athletic build, pretty mature physically. Right handed hitter, took an outstanding BP, showed big bat speed and raw pull power, used his lower half very well, ball explodes off the bat. Swings were more tentative in the games without the same aggressiveness and bat speed. Big arm strength at third base, stays balanced well and fields the ball out front, also plays first base. Potential primary pitcher in the future, has limited present experience on the mound. Shows big arm strength from a high energy delivery, big downhill plane to the plate, fastball topped out at 96 mph early before settling down. Slider flashed big vertical depth at times. Power arm with a power bat. Good student, verbal commitment to South Florida.