In preparation for the upcoming 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, InsideTheDome will give you a weekly review of some of the top college players that should be in the Jays range with the sixth pick. In this first edition of “College Roundup” we summarize how the top draft-eligible college players have faired so far in the young season. Beginning next Tuesday, we will continue to follow the progress of these players by summarizing their weekend performance.
3B- Alex Gordon : Nebraska
The University of Nebraska opened up its 2005 season this past weekend in Hawaii playing against Hawaii-Hilo on February 17. Alex Gordan played third base and batted third as he went hitless in two at bats, but did walk three times and scored two runs.
The two teams met once again on February 18 playing the first of two games that day. Gordon batted third once again going 1-4 with a strikeout in Game 1 of the doubleheader. In Game 2, Gordon went 1-3 with two runs scored while drawing a walk.
Gordon broke threw during the third day of play as he went 3-for-5 and delivered the go-ahead RBI with a single in the seventh inning.
On February 20, the two teams met for the fifth and final time, and Gordon was held hitless in three at bats, but once again scored and drew two walks on the day.
Nebraska returns to action on Friday, February 25 against New Mexico before playing Rice on Saturday and Western Carolina on Sunday. In five games, Gordon is struggling batting .294 (5-17) with seven runs scored, one triple, one RBI. He has drawn six walks and struck out three times in his 17 at bats.
RHP- Mike Pelfrey -Wichita St.
Pelfrey made his second appearance this season on February 18 against Southern Utah going seven innings while allowing three hits and two runs as he walked a batter and struck out five in the no-decision. Pelfrey’s first start came on February 11 against Northwestern State, as he went five scoreless innings allowing four hits, one walk and striking out seven batters.
Pelfrey and Wichita State travel to Hilo, Hawaii this week as they play Hawaii-Hilo in a five game series from February 24-February 27.
RHP- Luke Hochevar – Tennessee
Luke Hochevar was brilliant in his second start of the 2005 season on February 18 as he pitched one hit ball in seven scoreless innings as he struck out nine batters while walking just two. In his first start of the season against Texas A&M on February 11, Hochevar allowed four hits and 1 earned run in five innings of work.
The right-hander will next see action at the Hughes Brothers Challenge in Wilmington, N.C. Tennessee faces James Madison, UNC Wilmington and George Mason on February 25, 26 and 27.
C- Jeff Clement – USC
The USC catcher has played in four games this season going 3-13 with three runs scored, one double, and two RBI. USC will play four games this week starting with a game this Wednesday against UC Santa Barbara and concluding with a weekend three-game series with Stanford.
SS - Troy Tulowitzki - Long Beach St.
Troy Tulowitzki was off to a hot start as he began the season batting .526 (10-19) with two doubles and an RBI in the first five games of the season. However, on February 5, Tulowitzki injured his left hand swinging a bat and will be out three to four weeks.
1B - John Mayberry – Stanford
John Mayberry is off to a fast start during his first twelve games of the 2005 season. He is batting .354 (17-48) with two doubles, three home runs, fourteen RBI. In 48 at bats he has struck out seven times, while drawing seven walks.
This weekend Stanford will play a three game series with USC.
SS- Tyler Greene -Georgia Tech
Tyler Greene has gotten off to a fair start early in 2005 as he is batting .273 (3-11) with three runs scored and two RBI in three games. Greene has walked four times and struck out three in 15 plate appearances.
Georgia Tech plays four games this week beginning on Wednesday against Georgia State, and ending with a three game series this weekend with Rutgers.
3B - Ryan Zimmerman - University of Virginia
Zimmerman is off to a spectacular start in seven games so far. He is batting .400 (10-25) and has twelve RBI and has scored six times. Zimmerman has also shown his speed as he is successful in all three of his stolen base attempts.
Virginia plays four games this week beginning with Old Dominion on Wednesday and concluding with Fordham in a three game weekend series.
1B - Stephen Head – University of Mississippi
Head has gotten off to a decent start in four games so far for Ole Miss batting .267 (4-15) with two runs and an RBI. Mississippi plays Belmont today before beginning a three game series this weekend with Southern Illinois.
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Other top college names that ITD is tracking closely include:
LHP Ricky Romero (Cal State Fullerton), RHP Craig Hansen (St. John’s University), OF Travis Buck (Arizona State), LHP Ryan Mullins (Vanderbilt), OF Brian Bogusevic (Tulane University), RHP Mark McCormick (Baylor University), C Taylor Teagarden (University of Texas).