Ten For Tuesday: College Baseball’s Breakout HittersAnalysis
Starting this week, D1Baseball editors Aaron Fitt and Kendall Rogers will present a different list of 10 every Tuesday. We kick off this new feature with a look at 10 hitters who have experienced major breakouts in 2019.
Who made the list, and why? Find out:
Hunter Bishop, OF, Arizona State
Bishop’s standout raw tools have made him a prospect of interest since his high school days, but he was up and down in his first two years at ASU, hitting .301/.363/.484 as a freshman and .250/.352/407 as a sophomore. But through five weeks this spring, Bishop ranks third in the nation in OPS (1.535), with a slash line of .438/.549/.986. In just 73 at-bats during Arizona State’s 19-0 start, Bishop has already hit as many home runs (10) as he hit in his first two seasons combined. On top of that, he’s 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts, after stealing four bases in each of his first two seasons. Perhaps the biggest key for Bishop has been his dramatically improved plate discipline, which has helped him unlock his raw power as well. Bishop had a career walk-strikeout mark of 33-94 heading into this spring; this year he has 15 walks and just 11 strikeouts. We’ll have more on Bishop in tomorrow’s Golden Spikes Spotlight.
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