College baseball is now underway. Some high schools are also underway, though most are not. The Cincinnati Reds will be drafting 5th overall in the 2018 season when June rolls around. Moving forward this post will show up on Mondays, but this week it’s hitting on Thursday morning. For a quick refresher, here’s the Baseball America Top 200 Draft Prospects list that was released last month.
Ethan Hankins | RHP | Forsyth Central HS
The top pitching prospect from the high school class, Ethan Hankins had a scary weekend. He left the mound with an injury in his first outing of the year. Jim Callis reported that he had no tears, but it was a muscular issue that should be taken care of with a short stint of physical therapy.
Brady Singer | RHP | Florida
The top prospect in the draft, Brady Singer took the mound last week for Florida. He dominated Siena, throwing 7.0 innings with one unearned run on two hits and a walk. He would also strikeout eight batters. The righty needed just 89 pitches to get through his day, throwing 62 strikes.
Shane McClanahan | LHP | South Florida
Things couldn’t have gotten out to a better start on the year for Shane McClanahan. Sort of. The left handed sophomore (redshirt) began his season against #6 ranked North Carolina and he stepped up to the challenge. He tossed 6.0 shutout innings and struck out 11 batters as South Florida held off the Tar Heels for a 4-3 win. He sat in the mid-90’s with his fastball and topped out at 99 on the night. On the flip side to those good things, the lefty walked five batters and hit another one.
Casey Mize | RHP | Auburn
Taking on Longwood, who I didn’t know existed until fifteen seconds ago, Casey Mize threw 6.0 shutout innings with seven strikeouts and no walks on Friday night. He was sitting at 93-94 MPH on the day and needed just 75 pitches to get through his outing.
Nick Madrigal | 2B | Oregon State
The season has gotten out to a strong start for arguably the top hitter in the college ranks. Nick Madrigal has played in four games this season and he’s hit .529/.556/.824 so far with a walk and without a strikeout. Of his nine hits thus far he has doubled twice and homered. Oh, and he’s also stolen two bases in two attempts.
Travis Swaggerty | OF | South Alabama
In a weak college draft class for position players, Travis Swaggerty ranks 15th overall on the Baseball America list, but 2nd overall among college position players. In the first five games of the season the outfielder has hit .313/.577/.750. He hit two home runs with a double and has walked nine times with three strikeouts over that span.
Joey Bart | C | Georgia Tech
The top catcher in the draft, Joey Bart had a strong first week. He hit .375 in four games. That also came with a double, and three home runs. That included two home runs against Connecticut on Sunday as a part of a 3-hit effort.