Top 10 Prospect Matchups: Week FourAnalysis
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 2016, we also consider the 2017 and 2018 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 community.)
1. Oregon @ Mississippi State – Prospects Abound
There is something for everyone in this series. If you like pitching, you are going to love the matchups in this one. But, if you like underclassmen, bullpen arms, powerful middle of the lineup bats, you can see just about all of those in this exciting matchup between two powerhouse programs from different ends of the nation. On Friday, it’s hard to beat a matchup of potential top ten overall pick, RHP Dakota Hudson against polished Ducks’ ace LHP Cole Irvin. Irvin has excellent command of his secondary pitches and can touch 92 mph with his fastball. And, this will be a big test for him on front of scouts, as they see how he handles a hostile environment and a dangerous lineup. Hudson continues to build his draft momentum, as he’s shown he can carry his 93-95 mph all the way through seven inning outings and that his upper 80s slider (or cutter as he will call it) is a true swing and miss, out pitch. This is going to be a fun one.
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