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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. South Carolina @ Florida – Schmidt vs. Faedo
These two weekend rotations have been a feeder system for some of the most prolific matchups we’ve seen all spring, and now we get to see them face each other. You could pick your poison on either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday – each matchup will feature two pitchers that could be a potential first round draft selections in the 2017 or 2018 drafts. The pitching matchups are just that good. For our purposes, though, let’s stick with the Friday matchup. Clarke Schmidt has been superb for the Gamecocks this spring, pitching to a 1.31 ERA over 55 innings of work so far, and he’s been one of the best combinations of pitchability and power stuff that you’ll find around the country. He can top at 97 mph, will pitch at 92-95 and he’s developed a much better changeup in recent outings to go along with his swing and miss, plus slider. He’ll be opposed by Florida ace righthander Alex Faedo, who will showcase a 92-96 mph fastball and is the owner of one of the best breaking balls in the country as well. Command within the strike zone will be a key for Faedo.
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