As we head into the beginning of convention play in school baseball, I obtained to serious about the primary time I attended a convention. I used to be about seven years previous, and my mother and father dragged me alongside to some three-day occasion the place adults take heed to four-eyed folks drone on for hours about this and that and all of the hoopla on the planet. As a toddler, I used to be demoted to the childcare room, the place I drew photos whereas making a buddy named Sean. Consider it as convention play, however with a twist. The place Sean is now, I don’t know, however blissful trails, good buddy. On the finish of the weekend, I by no means needed to attend a convention once more, though I did need to know what a “delegate” was. In school baseball, there are 9 extra convention weekends to take pleasure in after the primary is completed. Fortunately for me, my relationship with convention play advanced dramatically within the 20-plus years since. Fortunately, that enables me to supply you, expensive Razzballers, with one more Collegiate Nook replace as non-con competitors winds down on the weekends. We’ll open with a two-way star that’s setting the faculty ranks on hearth, adopted by updates on a handful of different draft hopefuls.
Jac Caglianone – Florida’s two-way star isn’t draft-eligible till 2024, however he’s making an early case for the No. 1 total choose. By means of the primary 4 weeks of the faculty season, Caglianone leads the NCAA with 13 dwelling runs and is slashing .408/.471/1.026 with 11 strikeouts in opposition to 5 walks in 85 plate appearances. The southpaw has been almost nearly as good on the mound, working to a team-low 1.77 ERA and 0.84 WHIP with 26 strikeouts and eight walks in 20 1/3 frames. Caglianone can dial it as much as 98 MPH on the hill and sports activities two common secondaries that might simply grow to be plus.
— The Baseball Bat Bros (@baseballbatbros) February 27, 2023
George Klassen – Minnesota’s flame-throwing right-hander has elite stuff, nevertheless it hasn’t translated into on-field manufacturing to date. Klassen can routinely pump triple digits, however the command has but to rear its head. In 13 innings this season, Klassen wields an 8.31 ERA, 2.08 WHIP, 12.5 Ok/9, and 10.4 BB/9. It was higher in 2022, however not a lot: 5.34 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, 5.0 BB/9, 3.2 Ok/9. It’s clear the Massive Ten isn’t any match for Klassen when he’s finding, however that’s a giant if for MLB brass. The secondary stuff (55-curve, 55-slider) is nice sufficient to place him at No. 54 total on MLB Pipeline’s high 100, however he’ll want to provide some high quality outings to go within the high two rounds in July.
Dylan Crews – With fellow potential 1-1 candidate Wyatt Langford sidelined for a few weeks with a lower-body harm, Crews has the chance to face out. He’s finished so to date, rating third nationally with a .519 batting common by his first 17 video games. That comes accompanied by 5 homers, seven doubles, 30 runs, 23 RBI, and twice as many walks (18) as strikeouts (9).
Dylan Crews is undeniably good at baseball pic.twitter.com/QmjE9pIIJY
— Stephen Schoch (@bigdonkey47) March 7, 2023
Tommy Troy – Stanford’s standout shortstop hasn’t linked for a ton of lengthy balls to date in 2023 however is slashing .417/.553/.750 with two homers, six extra-base hits, 12 runs, and 9 RBI by 47 plate appearances. He has drawn 9 walks in opposition to six strikeouts. At the moment projected in the back of the primary spherical or within the second, Troy’s inventory hasn’t shifted, however he’ll want to indicate some extra juice throughout Pac-12 play to cement himself as a day-one choice.
Jacob Wilson – This might very nicely be one of the best pure hitter in school baseball. Positioned at No. 7 in my preseason school top-15, Wilson is probably going under-ranked. After hitting .358/.418/.858 in 2022 with a .278/.381/.389 cameo on the Cape, Wilson is hitting an otherwordly .459/.463/.739 this yr. The shortage of walks (three) and homers (one) in 16 video games is the principle space needing enchancment, however he walked 25 occasions in opposition to seven strikeouts ALL SEASON final yr, together with 12 jacks, so who offers?
Yohandy Morales – Morales almost made the lower in my top-15 and would have been at No. 16 if the board prolonged into the highest 20. He brings as robust of a mix of hit and energy instruments as any school bat within the 2023 Draft, backed by a .354/.413/.631 line with 5 homers in 2023. Morales is a profession .314/.413/.631 hitter with 34 large flies at Miami, backed by a 9.9 BB% and 21.5 Ok% – which truthfully isn’t as excessive as you may anticipate given his relative energy and wholesome stroke. Morales ought to go within the first spherical barring harm or a big uptick in swings and misses throughout ACC play.
Yohandy Morales (‘23 Elig.) takes 95 in & smokes it method gone for a no doubter. Morales has high of the scales energy; at present our No. 22 total #PGDraft prospect.
— PG School Baseball (@PGCollegeBall) March 4, 2023
Kyle Teel – Listed at 6-1 and 190 kilos, Teel seems to be even smaller when on the dish. However you wouldn’t realize it when his numbers. Ranked as the highest school catcher within the draft forward of Davidson’s Michael Carico, Teel has drawn 11 walks in opposition to simply 4 strikeouts in his first 71 plate appearances. In consequence, he’s slashing .492/.678/.695 whereas offering glorious protection behind the plate. Teel is on the bubble between the primary and second rounds.
Travis Honeyman – I’ve but to interrupt down Honeyman, however that’s largely to the truth that he hasn’t roared out to the identical eye-popping begin as a few of his 2023-eligible friends. As a junior outfielder at Boston School, Honeyman entered the marketing campaign because the No. 23 participant on MLB Pipeline’s board. He has been comparatively sluggish out of the gates, evidenced by a .283/.345/.491 slash line that includes one homer, eight extra-base hits three walks, and 6 strikeouts. That isn’t too shabby, however think about that he batted .329/.402/.506 with six homers, 11 walks, and 16 strikeouts all season in a full pattern measurement in 2022 containing ACC splits. He’ll have to make good on his 55-grade hit device, which is his calling card heading into the draft – if the 50-grade energy isn’t going to indicate a considerable growth.
Travis Honeyman (@FirebirdsCCBL) grand slam!
The Eagles are HOT ?? pic.twitter.com/hIFgsjlJpT
— Cape League (@OfficialCCBL) March 12, 2023
That’s all for this week, Razzball fam! As at all times, I’m blissful to take this dialog into the feedback part or on Twitter, the place you could find me @WorldOfHobbs.