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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

JUCO Top 25 Teams: May 2

Brian Sakowski        
Photo: Wallace-Dothan Athletics
 



April 25 Top 25Top 150 Junior College Prospects

With Junior College baseball as a whole rocketing towards the playoffs – they begin in some regions this weekend – a lot remains the same at the top of the rankings. Chipola (Fla.) did not play this past week after cancelling a series with No. 3 LSU-Eunice, and remains at No. 1 as they have been all season. Staying static at Nos. 2 and 3 this week are Jones County (Miss.) and LSU-Eunice (La.), respectively. McLennan (Texas) bumped up to No. 4, flip-flopping with Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.), who checks in at No. 5.

Santa Rosa (Calif.) and Santa Fe (Fla.) both remained static at Nos. 6 and 7, respectively, this week after minimal action. Polk State (Fla.) joins the top 10 this week for the first time all season, checking in at No. 8, while both Connors State (Okla.) at No. 9 and San Joaquin Delta (Calif.) at No. 10 rejoin the top 10. San Joaquin Delta, in particular, made a statement last weekend, having won a series over previous No. 10 Sacramento City (Calif.). 

The lone newcomer this week is Hutchinson (Kan.) who checks in at No. 24 with a 41-11 record, while El Camino (Calif.) dropped out after hitting a bit of a rough patch over the past few weeks. 


Prospect Spotlight: San Jac's Pitching Staff

Speaking in generalities, as mentioned last week, statistics – especially offensive statistics – can often be a bit inflated in Junior College baseball. So with that in mind, it makes what San Jac's pitching staff has done this season all the more impressive. As a team, they own a 2.30 ERA (spanning a season total of 391 innings pitched), to go along with 488 strikeouts, which is good for a ridiculous 11.23 strikeouts per nine innings as a team. 

San Jac's main four starters (listed by innings pitched) are MacGregor Hines, Jacob Cantleberry, Kaleb Roper and Hunter McLennan. Those four have combined to pitch 247 innings thus far in 2017, with 288 strikeouts (10.5 K/9) and a combined ERA of 2.08. Throw in closer Donny Diaz, who leads San Jac in saves (6) and K/9 (18.94), and the numbers get even more impressive. To expand on Diaz, he's thrown 22 1/3 innings this year, which comes out to 67 recorded outs. Of those 67 outs, he's recorded 47 of them via strikeout. That's a truly remarkable statistic, and a pretty good individual snapshot of what has made San Jac so successful thus far this season. They can hit and they can defend, but above all else, they can overpower you with their arms and the stats speak for themselves. Watch out for the Gators once the playoffs hit, though that can be said every year. 


Rankings are based on games through Sunday, April 30.


Rk. Prev. Team ST Record Conf.
1 1 Chipola FL 40-8 20-4
2 2 Jones County MS 40-2 22-2
3 3 LSU-Eunice LA 42-9 0-0
4 5 McLennan TX 44-7 25-3
5 4 Chattahoochee Valley AL 42-10 22-6
6 6 Santa Rosa CA 29-7 19-5
7 7 Santa Fe FL 36-11 19-5
8 11 Polk State FL 40-11 24-6
9 13 Connors State OK 41-10 12-4
10 12 San Joaquin Delta CA 31-9 16-8
11 9 Iowa Western IA 35-13 14-2
12 14 Grayson TX 32-10 22-6
13 15 San Jacinto TX 35-14 25-6
14 10 Sacramento City CA 28-11 18-6
15 16 San Mateo CA 33-6 18-2
16 8 Dyersburg State TN 41-7 22-4
17 19 Crowder MO 44-10 0-0
18 18 Walters State TN 42-12 18-8
19 20 Orange Coast CA 31-9 16-5
20 21 Harford MD 42-8-1 24-1-1
21 23 Wallace-Dothan AL 36-16 20-8
22 22 Odessa TX 40-11 25-7
23 17 Johnson County KS 42-13 26-10
24 NR Hutchinson KS 41-11 24-6
25 25 Wallace State AL 41-10 18-6

Dropped out: El Camino (24).


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