Where will Brendan McKay end up?(Aaron Fitt)


Buzzworthy Matchups: Week 13


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. Louisville @ Clemson – McKay vs. Beer

Matchups don’t come much bigger than the showdown between Louisville and Clemson this weekend, and at the center of that battle will be two superstars, Brendan McKay and Seth Beer. Two of the most dangerous and powerful hitters in the nation, these two will be pivotal for their respective teams’ offensive ouput, but perhaps more intriguing will be their individual battle when McKay takes the hill for Louisville. The big lefty has all the weapons of a strikeout machine at any level, coming armed with a 90-93 mph fastball, a sharp downer curveball in the low 80s and an improved changeup. His ability to spot his breaking ball and work his fastball to both sides of the plate will make his matchup with Clemson’s Beer fascinating to watch. Beer is patient and won’t chase out of the zone often, so McKay will need to be on point on the edges of the zone with his breaking ball.

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