Buzzworthy Matchups: Week NineAnalysis
From week to week, there are marquee matchups between powerhouse programs on the college baseball scene that catch the eye. These matchups have potentially significant ramifications when it comes to the standings and long term postseason hopes. But, when you look at the college game through the eyes of a scout, and look at some of the matchups within a series, some very different showdowns become all the more intriguing.
Each week here at D1Baseball.com, we will provide a ranking of the best and most intriguing matchups between prospects that college baseball has to offer. Some of these matchups will be specific in nature (two top pitching prospects squaring off) and others will be between two exceptionally talented rosters. Essentially, the rankings are considered on the basis of how significant the matchup is looking at it through a scouting and draft lens. The goal is to shine a light on some lesser known quantities that deserve attention from the scouting world, and to highlight very specific aspects of some of the already highly talked about, marquee series from around the nation. Although professional scouts are currently focused on 2017, we also consider the 2018 and 2019 draft classes for the purposes of this list.
(This is not a ranking that reflects the overall rankings of teams in our weekly top 25. It’s a ranking of specific matchups that are particularly intriguing to scouting the community.)
1. Florida @ Vanderbilt – Singer vs. Wright
Initially, as we looked at this matchup on the calendar a few weeks back, it looked like we were going to get a battle between Alex Faedo and Kyle Wright in the opener of this series. Instead, since Vanderbilt’s Wright has been pushed back a spot in the rotation, we have to “settle” for his showdown against Florida sensational sophomore righty Brady Singer. Singer has shown electric stuff all spring and could be a candidate for the number one overall pick in next year’s draft. Look for his fastball to work in the 92-96 mph range with arguably the most movement and life of any heater in the country. He can put hitters away with a lights out, plus slider, which he’s located very well this spring. The story remains the same for junior righty Kyle Wright, who has shown an explosive 92-97 mph fastball and a three pitch mix, but he has made consistent location mistakes. He has top five overall pick type of stuff, and he’ll have another opportunity to turn the corner in this big matchup.
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