College Baseball Showdown - Arlington, TX

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  1. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    Nice article below:

    Top MLB Prospects In The 2023 College Baseball Showdown - FloBaseball

    Here's some excerpts:

    Lucas Gordon, LHP, Texas
    Lucas Gordon settled in nicely as part of the Texas pitching rotation and earned All-Big 12 recognition as a sophomore. He struck out 77 in 16 starts for the Longhorns, amassed a 3.05 ERA* and limited batters to a .224 average.

    [* Chop's commentary--best in the conference by a mile]

    Charlie Hurley, RHP, Texas
    USC transfer Charlie Hurley comes to Texas off a solid 2022 in which he was the Trojans ace. The 6-foot-8 right-hander struck out 45 and finished with a 4.19 ERA. Reports from fall ball look encouraging for Hurley to establish himself as a Sunday starter, and potentially improve his draft stock as part of an impressive Longhorns pitching staff.

    Tanner Witt, RHP, Texas
    Coming off a 2022 shortened due to injury, expect Tanner Witt to rebound in a big way.

    Witt is currently pegged by as a 1st Round prospect, No. 24 overall among 2023 prospects. He ranks ninth among all righties with plenty of potential to improve his standing should he have a dominant 2023.
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2023 at 12:16 PM
  2. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    Ladies and Gentlemen (and any of you "people with pronouns"...), here is a BASEBALL PLAYER:

    Nolan McLean, RHP & Utility, Oklahoma State
    What can't Nolan McLean do? Seemingly very little, as the 2022 All-American pitched and played both infield and outfield for the Cowboys. He hit .285 with a .992 OPS, smashed a team-best 19 home runs and drove in 47.

  3. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    College Baseball Showdown Presented by Higginbotham | February 17, 2023 - February 19, 2023 : Globe Life Field

    Third Annual College Baseball Showdown To Take Place At Globe Life Field February 17-19, 2023


    David Pierce, Head Coach – University of Texas at Austin
    “I’m excited for our team to return to the College Baseball Showdown to open the 2023 season. It will be a great opportunity to test ourselves against the best teams in the country. Globe Life Field is a great venue and we would like to thank REV Entertainment and the Texas Rangers for inviting us to participate.”
  4. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    Friday 2/17

    Saturday 2/18


    Sunday 2/19
    (His mother made some fine looking jeans!)
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2023 at 4:43 PM
  5. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts


    Deep dive into Vanderbilt's baseball team:
    (click on the link below)

    Answering Vanderbilt baseball questions as basketball injuries pile up

    Some excerpts:

    "What do you think the realistic ceiling is for the baseball team this year?" -Adam Waltenbaugh
    I don't think this is a team that will be seriously in play for the SEC title, but it could still snag a national seed due to the scheduling. With so many top-rate opponents, Vanderbilt will likely have a high RPI and the opportunity for a number of quality wins.

    Although this team will likely not put up gaudy regular-season numbers, it should have one of the deepest pitching staffs in the country, and Omaha is certainly not out of the question.

    "Who will be in weekend rotation for VU baseball?" -Bob A Lou
    There are so many options here that it's easiest to rank this in tiers of who I think is most likely to get the ball in Arlington.

    Tier 1 (Near lock): Carter Holton

    Holton is the heavy favorite to get the ball on Friday nights after becoming the ace of the staff by the end of last season.

    Tier 2 (The most likely Saturday/Sunday guys): Devin Futrell, Hunter Owen, Andrew Dutkanych

    Futrell is an obvious option after what he did in midweeks last year. Tim Corbin indicated in the fall that Owen would get a chance to start, and blue-chip freshman Dutkanych could force the issue like Holton did last year.

    [Chop says: we'll probably see one of these starters in our game 3 in Arlington, TX vs Vandy]

    Tier 3 (Could also be options): Sam Hliboki, Bryce Cunningham, Patrick Reilly

    Hliboki, finally healthy after Tommy John surgery, is another potential rotation piece, though he may take some time to return to form. He may start in the bullpen with the potential to move into the rotation later on. Cunningham made four Sunday starts last year. Reilly still has huge upside as a starter, but poor control has held him back. We didn't see him in the fall, so it's hard to tell if that's improved enough to make him a rotation option. Without significantly cutting his walk rate, he'll most likely be in the bullpen.
  6. Chop

    Chop 10,000+ Posts

    :vandy: #6

    Vanderbilt is up to #6 in the nation in Baseball America’s rankings. They could be the best team in this tournament. We may throw Zane Morehouse against them? We’ll find out real soon if he’s up to the job. I bet he is.

    If not Zane, then Chuck Hurley, Du Plantier, Tole, Stuart, or ???
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2023 at 10:50 PM

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