Florida's Logan Shore (Aaron Fitt)

Florida's Logan Shore (Aaron Fitt)

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Top 10 Prospect Matchups: Week Eight

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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 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. Mississippi State @ Florida – Hudson vs. Shore

Pitching matchups don’t come much more exciting than this one. Dakota Hudson is the hottest pitcher in the country and likely the nastiest pitcher in the country at the moment. Florida’s Logan Shore, on the other end, is still a near lock first round draft choice and continues to be a steadying presence for the Gators. Shore works mostly at 91-93 mph with his fastball and has proven to have exceptional feel for his secondary offerings. The 6-foot-5 Hudson is looking more and more like a top seven or eight overall selection, as he’s proving to scouts week to week that he can corral his electric raw stuff. He works at 92-96 mph with his fastball, and has proven he can still crank it up to 96 deep into outings and over the course of over 100 pitches. His 89-91 mph cutter/slider is also proving to be one of the most devastating plus pitches in the 2016 draft crop. This is a heavyweight matchup that figures to be jam packed with the highest ranking scouts out there in attendance.


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