Under the bright lights and the glares of the professional scouts, Princeton's Cody Phillips awaits his turn to show his wares at the California Collegiate League All Star Game at the Urban Youth Academy in Compton, California.

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Prospect Rundown: CCL All-Star Game

Analysis

LOS ANGELES — If you’re a member of the Arkansas Razorbacks, you’ve got a lot to prove in 2017.

That was a team that went 26-29 overall and won just seven conference games all season. Sitting at home in June wasn’t fun. Not for a program that is used to playing in Omaha every other year or so.

Chad Spanberger seems to be one Razorback that is ready for the 2017 season to start right now. He has had a whale of a summer so far for the Conejo Oaks in the wood bat-based California Collegiate League, hitting nearly .300 and leading the loop with 10 home runs.

Chad Spanberger of Arkansas, laces another big hit at the California Collegiate League All Star Game.Chad Spanberger of Arkansas, laces another big hit into the deep, dark night at the California Collegiate League All Star Game.

“The best way to describe my play last season was subpar,” he said, when asked about his sophomore year as a Razorback. “It wasn’t horrible, but it certainly wasn’t up to the standards that I put on myself.”

Much like the rest of the 2016 Hogs, Spanberger had a year of struggles, hitting just .224 while making 28 starts. The biggest number that jumps off the stat sheet? He struck out 40 times in his 102 at-bats.


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