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  1. I started following college baseball as a draft preview thing. I’m now a big fan. It seems like there are a lot more interesting college hitters to follow this year than are being given credit, Bryce Brentz, Jarrett Parker, Tyler Holt, Jedd Gyorko, Christian Colon are just some of the ones I am excited about.

    I also particularly interested in USC sophomore corner IF Ricky Oropesa. I work with his mom.

    Comment by DrBGiantsfan — February 19, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

  2. Nice stuff Bryan, thanks. Are there any good websites out there on college baseball statistics? I’ve seen collegesplits.com, but not much seems to be publicly available. I really like the defensive efficiency stuff you wrote up back with BP and I’ve noticed some individual defensive stuff posted over at THT.

    Hultzen over Rendon for the Golden Spikes Award? Bold pick.

    Nice to see Rice making your CWS prediction, but you seem to be assuming they won’t get matched up with LSU or Texas in a super regional. Yes, I’m still bitter.

    Comment by mymrbig — February 19, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

  3. Hey. I still go through the team sites to get the stats I need, although I will pimp d1baseball.com as the best source for 1 uniform schedule, and boydsworld.com for the stat-heavy stuff that’s great to use.

    The Golden Spikes prediction was because I think this will be a season where a two-way player wins it. I think Hultzen and Brentz are your obvious choices, but I would guess they are joined on the podium by Rendon, Ranaudo, and hmm … boring pick Christian Colon?

    Comment by Bryan Smith — February 19, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

  4. Nice article. I wish that there were more outlets for watching college baseball. At the moment, I have to settle for the few games that ESPNU broadcasts and the few watchable webcasts that I can find.

    It also disappoints me that MLB Network will only be showing two games of the Urban Invitational this year, both on Saturday. You’d think that the UCLA game tonight would be a must show considering the talent of that pitching staff (I assume Cole is the Friday starter and tomorrow’s game will be with either Bauer or Rasmussen on the hill). Weren’t there at least 4 games shown last year when San Diego and San Diego St participated?

    Comment by jar75 — February 19, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

  5. I don’t think it’s a matter of their not being any interesting college hitters, just that they all come with major holes in their game. Parker could be a monster, but sort of in the same way that Jared Mitchell could be. Colon’s another interesting guy because he seems to be greater than the sum of his parts. As he will almost certainly have to leave SS, it would be difficult to value a guy like that.

    I think Bretz is the first college hitter off the board at this point, but a strong season from Parker could really inflate his draft status.

    Comment by nmh — February 19, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

  6. As a Giants fan, I’m more interested in players who might be available in the bottom third of the first round or even in the second round this year, so I’m looking for players who might have a wart or two that would make them slip that far in the draft.

    Comment by DrBGiantsfan — February 19, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

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