Rodney Green boasts an exciting power-speed combo
Baseball Prospect Journal
by Dan Zielinski III
3d ago
Rodney Green Jr. is one of the most exciting players in college baseball, boasting a notable combination of power and speed. The talented California outfielder has displayed a quality skill set in his first two years of college baseball. He hit 14 home runs and stole 29 bases as a sophomore last year. His success garnered attention and led to him playing for the U.S. collegiate national team last summer. His skill set was on full display with Team USA, which included him cranking a grand slam against Japan. “Hitting that grand slam was honestly the greatest feeling of all time,” Green said. Gr ..read more
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Gators defeat Bethune-Cookman for bounce-back victory
Baseball Prospect Journal
by Rhiannon Thomas
3d ago
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Gators got off to a quick start against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats on Wednesday at Condron Family Ballpark. A four-run first inning propelled the No. 4 Gators to a convincing 9-2 victory over the Wildcats (4-4). It was a quality bounce-back performance for the Gators (6-2), who suffered a disappointing loss at Stetson on Tuesday. “I’ve been pleased with how we’ve been scoring early in the game,” Gators coach Kevin O’Sullivan said. “But we gotta continue to add on… Ideally, you want to be able to score in all nine innings.” The Gators came out swinging in the f ..read more
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Travis Smith looks to take next step in development
Baseball Prospect Journal
by Dan Zielinski III
5d ago
Travis Smith became a key piece in Kentucky’s starting rotation last season. Kentucky eased the talented right-handed pitcher back into action after he missed his first year due to Tommy John and heart surgery. Missing a season changed Smith’s perspective on the game. It also motivated him to return and play a productive role for Kentucky. After a solid 2023 season, which included four shutout innings in an NCAA Tournament Regional contest against Ball State, Smith enters this season with higher expectations. Smith is Kentucky’s No. 1 starter. He has made tremendous strides at Kentucky to beco ..read more
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Gators use 10-run first inning to defeat Columbia
Baseball Prospect Journal
by Ava Baccari
1w ago
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Powered by starting pitcher Cade Fisher’s career-high 10 strikeouts, the Florida Gators defeated the Columbia Lions, 15-6, on Friday at Condron Family Ballpark. Photo of Cade Fisher courtesy of Florida athletics. After a rough season-opening performance, Fisher bounced back in a big way. Fisher immediately set the tone in the first inning, pitching a three and out with 10 of his 16 first-inning pitches strikes. The Gators fed off of Fisher’s energy, exploding for a 10-run first inning. The scoring started with a single by Colby Shelton and a triple by Ty Evans. It continued ..read more
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Christian Moore surges into 2024
Baseball Prospect Journal
by Logan Quinton
1w ago
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Christian Moore of Tennessee Baseball has opened the 2024 season on a tear. The 21-year-old junior has provided a steady presence for the Volunteers the past two years in Knoxville, Tennessee. Moore carries athleticism and power tools into his third season on Rocky Top. It’s those components, combined with a steady mindset, that creates steam for the 2024 MLB draft candidate. On Friday evening, Moore showcased even more and helped propel Tennessee over Albany. The Vols defeated the Great Danes 8-5, sparked by Moore’s performance at the plate. Moore flashed the hit tool, driv ..read more
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Cade Obermueller offers intriguing potential as a starter
Baseball Prospect Journal
by Dan Zielinski III
1w ago
Cade Obermueller was an undersized and lightly recruited left-handed pitcher in high school. The Iowa City, Iowa, native didn’t let it impact him. Instead, it motivated him to hone his craft. Iowa was one of the programs to offer Obermueller a chance to play at the college level. Obermueller has excelled in his nearly two years at Iowa, developing his skill set, as well as physically and mentally, under the direction of highly-respected pitching coach Sean McGrath. Photo of Cade Obermueller courtesy hawkeyesports.com. Obermueller pitched four scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and two wal ..read more
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Huskers aim to build on opening weekend
Baseball Prospect Journal
by Jonah Waits
1w ago
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Huskers will take on Grand Canyon University in a four-game series at Brazell Field at GCU Ballpark in Phoenix, starting on Thursday night. The series marks the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The Huskers (1-2) are coming off a competitive opening weekend where they defeated Baylor, 4-1, and then dropped close contests against No. 21 Texas Tech, 6-3, and Oklahoma, 7-6, in the Shriners Children’s College Showdown in Texas. The Huskers displayed encouraging potential and are looking to tighten up their performance against undefeated GCU (4-0). “I think if y ..read more
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A Conversation with Dylan Questad
Baseball Prospect Journal
by Dan Zielinski III
1w ago
Minnesota Twins right-handed pitching prospect Dylan Questad joins The Baseball Prospect Journal Podcast. The Twins drafted Questad in the fifth round of the 2023 MLB draft. He was the first Wisconsin prep pitcher selected in the first five rounds of the draft in nearly 20 years. What was the draft process like for Questad? What were his expectations going into the draft? What has he worked on this offseason? What are his expectations for his first full year of pro ball? Read previous stories on Questad: Dylan Questad is Wisconsin’s top prospect (Dec. 22, 2022) Dylan Questad posts memorable ..read more
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Derek Bender thankful to play at Coastal Carolina
Baseball Prospect Journal
by Dan Zielinski III
1w ago
Derek Bender grew up dreaming of playing at Coastal Carolina. He vividly recalls watching the Chanticleers’ tremendous run through the NCAA Tournament to capture the program’s first national championship in 2016. That moment sparked Bender’s desire to play at Coastal Carolina. Bender has lived out his dream over the last three years. He’s a junior at Coastal Carolina and has developed into one of college baseball’s top hitters. After playing sparingly his freshman year, making 39 plate appearances, Bender was one of the top hitters in college baseball last year, posting a .341 average and 19 h ..read more
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St. John’s stuns No. 2 Florida in season opener
Baseball Prospect Journal
by Ava Baccari
2w ago
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – With an opening night program record of 7,898 fans in attendance, the St. John’s Red Storm charged into Gainesville and stunned the No. 2 Florida Gators, 9-5, at Condron Family Ballpark.  Gators coach Kevin O’Sullivan, entering his 17th season leading the program, had a 15-1 record in season openers before Friday. Florida’s only other loss came against Duke in 2013. “We’ll just have to put this behind us,” O’Sullivan said. “We’re not used to losing opening nights… but congratulations to St. John’s for playing better than we did tonight.”  Expectations are high for ..read more
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