Just four weeks until the the Rule 4 Amateur Draft. Here is the weekly discussion thread for the draft. I provided updates for the four college players profiled in last weeks discussion. It is nearly impossible to get individual stats on the high school players, so I don’t have updates on them.
The Phillies have the eighth overall pick. These six players were presented in an article last week by John Yarusinsky. Here’s how they did over the last week.
- Kyle Wright, Vanderbilt, RHP
No. 25 Vanderbilt earned their 30th victory of the season defeating No. 15 Arkansas, 6-2 Saturday (5/13). The Commodores (30-19, 13-11) were led by another strong outing from their ace, Kyle Wright. Wright (3-5) threw seven innings striking out 11. Wright retired 21 of the 24 batters he faced, only surrendering two hits and a walk. In his previous outing (5/6), Wright threw nine solid innings striking out 13, but earned a no-decision. Kyle Wright is currently tied for third in the SEC in strikeouts with 93.
- Pavin Smith, Virginia, 1B
Smith went 1-10 for #10 Virginia (38-12,16-11) in the weekend series against Miami. For the season he is batting .355/.433/.585/1.018 with 21 XBH among his 65 hits including 10 HR. He has drawn 28 walks and struck out only 7 times in 217 plate appearances (3.2%).
- Nick Pratto, Huntington Beach HS, CA, 1B
I couldn’t find anything on Pratto over the last week.
- Jeren Kendall, Vanderbilt, OF
Kendall went 2-12 in the Arkansas series. He is batting .296/.372/.545/.917 with 23 XBH among his 50 hits including 13 HR. He has drawn 23 walks, but has struck out 63 times in 244 plate appearances (25.8%).
- Austin Beck, N. Davidson HS, NC, OF
Beck’s team won a pair of 2-1 games in the state 4A tournament. I couldn’t find anything on him individually.
- Jake Burger, Missouri State University, 3B
Burger went 5-11 for #13 Missouri State University in the weekend series against Indiana State. He is batting .345/.459/.706/1.165 with 30 XBH among his 68 hits including 20 HR. He has drawn 37 walks and has struck out 29 times in 246 plate appearances (11.8%).