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College  | Story  | 3/16/2020

Scout Take: Texas Tech

Vincent Cervino     
Photo: Clayton Beeter (Texas Tech Athletics)

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Texas Tech Red Raiders

What Happened: Texas Tech was able to defeat Florida Atlantic in their first game and take two one-run contests from the host Florida State Seminoles for a perfect 3-0 record on their weekend in Tallahassee to close out the month of February and get March off to a strong start. Texas Tech was one of the top teams in the country coming into this weekend and their performance did nothing to dissuade evaluators of that fact after the series. 

Carrying Tool: Power. Both arms and bats meet this descriptor as they had at least five arms touch 95 mph or better over the weekend with all three weekend starters working up to 96 mph and senior John McMillon working up to 98 mph. The power of the offense was notable too as Dru Baker, Cole Stilwell and Cal Conley all had home runs and the timely hits were what pushed the Red Raiders over the edge. 

Concerns: Starters working deep. Clayton Beeter was unbelievable against Florida Atlantic but only went six innings while both Bryce Bonnin and Austin Becker were unable to make it out of the fifth inning in their starts. There's no questioning the stuff that this rotation possesses, and the power arms in relief, however they'll have to be able to turn the lineup over more than twice and give those relievers a rest if Texas Tech is to return to Omaha.

Best Player on the Field: Clayton Beeter. The relatively unknown Beeter came into the 2020 season excited to crack the starting rotation after working as a reliever in 2019. The righthander showed explosive stuff with a fastball that touched 97 mph and a breaking ball that was consistently above average. To add to that, Beeter pounded the zone and showed all the makings of a day one pick in the draft during his six no-hit innings against Florida Atlantic.

Previous player reports:
Feb. 28: Clayton Beeter, John McMillon, Jakob Brustoski, Andrew Devine
Feb. 29: Bryce Bonnin
March 1: Austin Becker, Ryan Sublette

Players covered: Dylan Neuse, Cole Stilwell, Cal Conley, Nate Rombach, Dru Baker.

Dylan Neuse, OF
Neuse is an athletic, twitchy prospect with a good glove to stick up the middle in center field and excellent baserunning skills. He's an above average runner and was a perfect 12-for-12 on stolen base attempts on the season before games were cancelled as Neuse's athleticism makes him super interesting.

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