So, the draft happened, and as I’ve noted, I’m no expert. But what I can do for you is point you to where you can watch some of these players on TV in the next couple weeks – starting with tonight. Right now, the NCAA baseball playoffs have just kicked off the super-regionals level, which is a best of three series, with 16 teams still in the mix. In addition to the pleasure of seeing some of our future top prospects, I find college baseball to be a lot of fun to watch. Just think of the difference between the other professional vs. college level sports like basketball and football. Even the ones that are taking off for professional baseball show just crazy amounts of passion in the college world series – so it’s always a good time. Not to mention, we’ve got some decent draftees in the mix as well.
BEST BET: UCLA vs. TCU
This matchup features our supplemental round pick Jeff Gelalich and his teammate , 9th round pick Beau Amaral, both playing for the UCLA Bruins. Gelalich is an impressive looking Junior outfielder, and a very polished seeming left-handed hitter. He’s got plenty of tools – he lead UCLA in a host of offensive categories – from AVG/OBP/SLG to BB and HR, as well as stealing 15 bases in 19 attempts.Amaral is Gelalich’s fellow outfielder, and the son of major leaguer Rich Amaral. Apparently, he doesn’t have a lot of upside, but could be a 4th outfielder type.
Game 1: Friday (tonight!), at approximately 9:00 PM ET, on ESPN/ESPN3
Game 2: Saturday, 6/9, 9:00 PM ET, on ESPN/ESPN3
Game 3 (if necessary): Sunday, 6/10, 10:00 PM ET, on ESPN2/ESPN3
Arizona vs. St. John’s
Game 1 of this series has already started (by the time this gets to press), but the previous game (LSU vs. Stonybrook) just tied in the 9th, so we might not get there. This game boasts the Reds’ 8th roung pick, Arizona 3b Seth Mejias-Brean. SM-B looks like he has a lot of different possibilities for position- and his defense and his arm are some of his best attributes. It looks like he could hit for average, but without too much power. Arizona is facing St. John’s, who is a little bit of an underdog, ranked 46th overall, but not on the Kent St./Stonybrook level
Game 1: Friday, today, 3:00 PM ET, watch on ESPNU (now) but later ESPN2
Game 2: Saturday, 6/9, 3:00 PM ET, watch on ESPN2/ESPN3
Game 3(if necesssary): Sundary, 6/10, 4:00 PM ET. watch on ESPN 2/3
Florida vs. NC State
Our horse in this race is 9th round draft pick Daniel Pigott, another outfielder, this one for Florida. Pigott isn’t the most exciting pick in the world, but he’s a senior, and likely to sign, so he could be in our system for a good few years in the future.
Game 1: Saturday, 6/9, 2:00 PM ET, on ESPNU/ESPN3
Game 2:Sunday, 6/10, 1:00 PM ET, on ESPNU/ESPN3
Game 3 (i.n.): Monday, 6/11, 1:00 PM ET, on ESPN2/ESPN3
Oregon vs. Kent St., South Carolina vs. Oklahoma
There are also a Reds draftee each on the Oregon and South Carolina teams – RHP Joey Housey for Oregon, and LF Adam Matthew for South Carolina.
Oregon: Game 1: Saturday, 11:00 PM ET, ESPNU/ESPN3; Game 2: Sunday, 10:oo PM ET, ESPNU/ESPN3; Game 3 (i.n.): Monday, 7:00 PM ET, ESPNU/ESPN3
South Carolina: Game 1: Saturday, 8:00 PM ET, ESPNU/ESPN3; Game 2: Sunday, 7:00 PM ET, ESPNU/ESPN3; Game 3: Monday, 7:00 PM ET, ESPN3/ESPN3.