RC's 2006 College Prospect Tracker
Draft Prospect Update (5/9/06)
There was no movement on our list this week, as all of the pitchers on our list who played had quality outings. The North Carolina Tar Heels had the weekend off to prepare for exams, so our top ranked player, Andrew Miller, didn't pitch. The Tar Heels resume their schedule this weekend vs. ninth-ranked Virginia, so it should be another good test for Miller.
The weekend's most impressive performance was turned in by Washington's Tim Lincecum, who defeated Oregon State and handed Dallas Buck his first loss of the season. Lincecum threw eight innings while setting a Pac-10 record with 16 strikeouts. Lincecum threw 146 pitches to get through his innings, and while he's known to have a rubber arm, that still seems to defy good sense. Regardless, Lincecum's stats this season are incredibly impressive, as he's allowed only 53 hits in 102 IP while striking out a nation-leading 168 batters. The 54 walks are a bit of a concern, but his BAA of .154 is by far the best among all the pitchers on our list.
We debated moving Lincecum to # 2 on our list this week, but we'll wait to see how he does against Stanford this weekend. Since California's Brandon Morrow just pitched against Stanford, it will serve as a nice comparison. California, by the way, is off for the next two weeks, and they'll play their final conference series against Arizona State.
Another matchup to watch this weekend will # 15 Houston vs. # 1 Rice. It will be a great test for Brad Lincoln, and you can bet that nearly every team in baseball will be scouting Friday night's game. Lincoln threw well against UCF last week, but he's faced very few top-ranked programs this season, so it will be interesting to see how he fares against the best team in the nation.
Finally, Max Scherzer has returned to action after missing a few weeks with biceps tendinitis. He picked up a victory in relief vs. Baylor two weeks ago, and this past weekend he returned to the rotation and beat Mississippi Valley State. Up next for the Tigers is Texas Tech, and Scherzer will probably get the start on Saturday.
RC's Top 10 Collegiate Draft Prospects
|RC Rank||Player||Position||School||Last week|
|1.||Andrew Miller||LHP||North Carolina||1|
|5.||Evan Longoria||3B/IF||Long Beach St.||5|
|9.||Wes Hodges||3B||Georgia Tech||9|
|10.||Matt Antonelli||3B||Wake Forest||10|
Pitching Statistics (Last updated 5/16/06)
|1.||A. Miller||N. Carolina||1.87||10-1||81.2||65||28||17||23||87||.217|
|Last game: 5/12||(L)||6.1||7||3||1||2||8|
|Last game: 5/5||(L)||8.1||6||3||3||0||11|
|Last game: 5/12||(L)||7.0||10||4||3||2||5|
|Last game: 5/12||(W)||9.0||5||0||0||2||9|
|Last game: 5/12||(L)||7.1||8||6||4||2||12|
|Last game: 5/13||(ND)||7.0||5||1||1||3||4|
Batting Statistics (Last Updated 5/16/06)
|5.||E. Longoria||Long Beach St.||173||9||39||40||26||3||1||.364||.491||.613|
|9.||W. Hodges||Georgia Tech||182||9||54||26||40||0||1||.346||.433||.593|
|10.||M. Antonelli||Wake Forest||200||11||36||38||24||15||3||.335||.446||.605|
Editor's note: RC has ranked the above players as being the most likely to draw serious attention from the Royals for the first overall selection in the June draft. We believe the Royals will most likely select a pitcher or outfielder, but players like Matt LaPorta, Evan Longoria, and Wes Hodges may prove, with great seasons, to be too good to pass up. There are a few high school players who are likely to draw attention as well, such as pitchers Jordan Walden and Kyle Drabek and outfielder Cody Johnson, but access to their stats is very limited, so we've decided to focus solely on college players.