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College | Story | 6/2/2019

Regional Draft Pack: Day 2

Patrick Ebert        
Photo: Shea Langeliers (David Cohen/Baylor Athletics)

The college baseball postseason, as it always does, coincides with the annual MLB Draft, set to take place Monday through Wednesday, June 3-5. During the weekend of Regional play we will track the performances of some of the top prospects from the college ranks while sharing some of the reports produced as part of our draft preview content. Be sure to visit some of the links listed below to access Perfect Game’s scouting-centric coverage of the MLB Draft.

Day 1 RecapRegional PreviewDraft Preview Index Prospects 1-610 College Player Database

Top Prospects
Listed below are the college players ranked among PG’s top 100 prospects that are still playing during the NCAA Tournament.


Player Pos. School Saturday (June 1) Results
Adley Rutschman C Oregon State 0-3, BB (season over)
Andrew Vaughn 1B California 0-3, 1 RBI, BB (season over)
JJ Bleday OF Vanderbilt 0-4, 1 R, BB
Hunter Bishop OF Arizona State 0-2, 1 R, 4 BB
Shea Langeliers C Baylor 5-6, 3 R, 11 RBI, BB, 2B, 3 HR
Michael Busch 1B North Carolina 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR
Josh Jung 3B Texas Tech 1-4, 1 R
Logan Davidson SS Clemson 0-4
Will Wilson SS NC State 0-4 (Fri./Sat. game)
Brady McConnell SS Florida 0-4, 1 RBI
Chase Strumpf MIF UCLA 1-3, 1 R, BB, 3B
Matt Wallner OF Southern Miss 0-3, 2 BB
Greg Jones SS UNCW 2-4, 3 RBI, BB (season over)
Braden Shewmake SS Texas A&M 2-5, 1 R
Drew Mendoza 3B Florida State 2-5, 1 R
Josh Smith SS LSU 2-5, 1 R, 2B, 2 SB
Jordan Brewer OF Michigan Did not play
Michael Toglia 1B UCLA 0-2, 1 RBI, BB
Logan Wyatt 1B Louisville 1-4, 1 RBI
Zach Watson OF LSU 1-4, 1 R, 2 RBI, BB, HR
Davis Wendzel 3B Baylor 1-6, 2 RBI, BB, 2B
Aaron Schunk 3B Georgia 2-4, 2 RBI
Dominic Fletcher OF Arkansas 0-5
Tyler Fitzgerald SS Louisville 0-4, 1 RBI


Player Pos. School Saturday (June 1) Results
Nick Lodolo LHP TCU 5 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 6 K, 4 BB (L)
Alek Manoah RHP West Virginia 6 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 9 K, 4 BB (L)
Seth Johnson RHP Campbell Did not pitch
Isaiah Campbell RHP Arkansas 8 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 8 K, 1 BB (W)
Tommy Henry LHP Michigan Did not pitch
Ethan Small LHP Mississippi State 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 10 K, 3 BB (W)
John Doxakis LHP Texas A&M Did not pitch
Matt Cronin LHP Arkansas 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K, 0 BB (SV)
Ryan Garcia RHP UCLA Did not pitch
Erik Miller LHP Stanford Did not pitch
Alec Marsh RHP Arizona State Did not pitch
Mason Feole LHP UConn Did not pitch
Tyler Baum RHP North Carolina Did not pitch
Aaron Schunk RHP Georgia Did not pitch
Ryan Jensen RHP Fresno State Did not pitch
Tony Locey RHP Georgia Did not pitch

Prospect Breakdown

Shea Langeliers, Baylor
Langeliers had a career day at the plate on Saturday, setting an NCAA Tournament record with 11 RBI in one game as part of a 24-6 blowout against Omaha. Baylor’s catcher went 5-for-6 with a double, three homers and a walk – he hit a two-run shot in the first, a solo homer in the third, a two-run single in the fourth, a three-run double in the sixth and a three-run bomb in the seventh. The five-hit performance pushed Langeliers’ season average up nearly 20 points (.297 to .315) and the three home runs gives him 10 on the year.

After missing time early in the season with a hand injury Langeliers has slowly but surely reinforced his prospect standing relative to the draft with another strong season as part of an equally strong three-year career for the Bears. He was a Freshman All-American two seasons ago and is viewed as a likely choice in the first half of the first round due to his high floor. While he’s an obvious threat at the plate, his defense is what separates his profile, with very good receiving and blocking skills to go along with a strong, accurate arm. He heads into Monday as the 12th-ranked overall prospect for this year’s draft.

MLB Draft Report

Isaiah Campbell, Arkansas
In what resembled a Friday night pitching matchup in a Super Regional matchup, Arkansas ace Isaiah Campbell squared off against TCU ace Nick Lodolo for an opportunity to stay in the winners bracket. Campbell and the Razorbacks got the best of Lodolo and the Frogs with a 3-1 win, and Campbell in particular was fantastic. He ended up going eight innings allowing just one earned run on four hits and a walk while striking out eight.

Ranked 44th overall for this year’s draft, Campbell’s athleticism stands out on the mound with an easy, repeatable delivery. He sat in his usual 93-95 mph range in this game, mixing in his mid-80s slider and an upper-70s curveball from an arm slot that is close to over-the-top, doing a good job to use his 6-foot-4, stature and that arm slot to pitch on a downhill plane.

MLB Draft Report
College Player Database Report (May 23)
College Player Database Report (Feb. 27)

Matt Cronin, Arkansas
Cronin came in the ninth for Arkansas to secure the victory over TCU, striking out the last batter of the game swinging through a fastball for his 12th save of year. Cronin appears to be made for closing out games with a max effort approach in which he aggressively attacks opposing hitters with mid-90s fastballs. The pitch is extremely difficult to catch up to, especially as a lefthanded pitcher, and once he establishes his heater he can drop in a hard mid- to upper-70s curveball, although he threw almost entirely fastballs in this quick 1-2-3 frame.

Ranked 56th overall heading into this year’s draft, Cronin could be the first reliever taken.

MLB Draft Report
College Player Database Report

Nick Lodolo, TCU
Although the numbers may not show it, Lodolo came out firing opposite Arkansas ace Isaiah Campbell, throwing 96-97 mph fastballs before settling down to the 92-96 mph range while mixing in his usual hard-breaking, hard-spinning low- to mid-80s slider. Both pitches are more difficult to hit given the lower arm slot angle he comes at opposing hitters with and he has the athleticism to repeat that delivery and maintain his arm speed between his fastball-slider 1-2 punch. Arkansas was able to chase Lodolo from the game after he walked the leadoff batter in the sixth inning sitting at 93 pitches. That runner came around to score, saddling Lodolo with the loss, but overall he pitched well, allowing just the one run (which was unearned) in five innings, allowing four hits with four walks and six strikeouts.

A PG All-American in high school, and an unsigned first round pick of the Pirates from the 2016 MLB Draft, Lodolo has enjoyed a steady progression during his three years at TCU. He is ranked eighth overall heading into this year’s draft and could be the very first pitcher taken off the board.

MLB Draft Report
College Player Database Report

Ethan Small, Mississippi State
The SEC Pitcher of the Year, Samll continued to miss bats at a high rate against Central Michigan, fanning 10 batters in six innings of work while moving to 9-2 on the year after a 7-2 win, snapping CMU’s 19-game winning streak. Small was cruising through the early innings, although he did give up a two-run home run in his sixth and final inning of work, allowing five hits and three walks during his time on the mound.

Small entered the postseason second in the nation with 150 strikeouts and it’s possible he surpasses Noah Song (161), whose Navy team didn’t qualify for the postseason, depending on how far Mississippi State advances. Ranked 52nd overall among draft prospects, Small doesn’t throw as hard as many of the other high-profile players, topping out at 92 and typically working in the 87-90 mph range from the left side, but he changes speed and commands his three-pitch mix very well to miss bats.

MLB Draft Report
College Player Database Report

Alek Manoah, West Virginia
Manoah has enjoyed a big, breakout season emerging as the ace for West Virginia. Built big and strong, Manoah has good athleticism for his size, and while he’s always had high-octane stuff, his control/command profile has really developed this year.

While he took the loss against Duke he continued to show the stuff that makes him a likely first round pick come Monday. The fastball sat in the mid-90s, touching higher, while mixing in a sharp mid-80s slider that gives him two premium, swing-and-miss offerings.

MLB Draft Report
College Player Database Report

Michael Busch, North Carolina
UNC’s first baseman, Busch went 1-for-5 on Friday with a double and a run scored and fared better on Saturday, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and a two-run home run in the seventh inning. He and freshman slugger Aaron Sabato, one of Friday's heros, went back-to-back in that seventh inning as part of a big 16-1 win over Liberty in which the Tar Heels scored 14 of their 16 runs from the sixth inning on.

Busch is one of the most polished, and patient, hitters at the college level. The team’s No. 2 hitter for much of the year, he has batted leadoff in each of the first two games of the postseason to take advantage of his on-base skills. He can drive the ball from left-center to right with excellent bat speed and overall hand/wrist strength.

MLB Draft Report
College Player Database Report

Greg Jones, UNCW
After going 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored on Friday, Jones responded with a 2-for-4, a walk and three RBI despite having their season come to an end in an elimination contest against Tennessee. Jones is a unique, true five-tool, quick-twitch athlete who can affect the outcome of a game in a variety of ways. On Friday, despite taking the 0-fer, Jones made a few dazzling defensive plays showing his range, looseness to his action and arm strength. On Saturday he showed his quick, line drive swing with a pair of run-scoring singles.

Jones’ speed is his best tool, swiping 42 bases this year in 52 attempts. He cut down his strikeouts, and errors, significantly from his freshman year in 2018 to this season, hitting .343 with 12 doubles, nine triples and five home runs, evidence of his ability to drive the ball to the gaps, as well as over the fence, while using his speed to stretch extra bases. There has been some talk about the possibility of moving Jones to center field to take advantage of his speed, but his actions at shortstop are too enticing at this point in time to move him without giving him a chance to stick. An age-eligible sophomore, Jones is ranked 58th overall heading into Monday’s draft but could sneak into the first round due to his rare talents.

MLB Draft Report
College Player Database Report

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