Buzzworthy Matchups: Week Two

Prospects

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 community.)

1. Maryland @ LSU – Prospect Showcase

There are two very likely first rounders facing off in this showdown between elite teams from SEC and Big 10, and that makes it a fascinating matchup right off the bat. Maryland shortstop Kevin Smith suffered through a rough opening weekend, but his slick defensive skills at shortstop and above average righthanded power still make him one of the elite position players in the 2017 draft class. LSU righty Alex Lange showcased his usual lights out stuff on opening weekend, attacking with a 92-96 mph fastball and spotting his downer curveball. Lange versus Smith will be monitored very closely.


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