The College World Series starts this weekend and here’s the cream of the crop from the eight teams that will be slugging it out for the national title.
Stony Brook – IF William Carmona
It would be easy to go with Travis Jankowski here, but we’re going to go with his teammate Carmona. It’s hard to deny a guy hitting .422 and leading the nation in hits, it also hard to deny a player who leads Stony Brook in home runs and RBI’s like Carmona does.
Carmona is batting .399 with 12 homers and 72 RBI’s.
UCLA – OF Jeff Gelalich
Gelalich has been the Bruins’ lone home run threat this season with 11. He also leads the team in batting average, hitting .365 and RBI’s, knocking in 46.
Florida State – OF James Ramsey
This was a tough decision, but Ramsey has to be the guy to watch to for the Seminoles heading into the CWS.
Ramsey is second on the team batting .382, leads the team in homers with 13 and is second on the team in RBI’s with 57.
Arizona – P Kurt Heyer
Heyer has put together quite the season for the Wildcats and will be a major factor for their chances at a national title.
Heading into the College World Series, Heyer has posted a 12-2 record, 2.28 ERA, 102 strikeouts, and has pitched a whopping 138 innings.
Kent State – P David Starn
Starn has been lights out for the Golden Flashes this season. He has posted a 2.21 ERA in 114 innings pitched, has only given up a total of 28 earned runs, has 123 strikeouts and opposing batters are batting a mere .213 against him.
Arkansas – IF Matt Reynolds
Reynolds leads the Razorbacks in almost every offensive category, including batting average (.338), hits (75), home runs (seven) and RBI (43).
South Carolina – P Matt Price
Price leads the team in strikeouts (82) and opposing batters are only hitting .197 against him. But his ERA is 3.47 and his record is only 4-4. He will be intriguing to watch in Omaha.
Florida – C Mike Zunino
Zunino has made quite a name for himself and became the third overall selection in the MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners earlier this month.
He still has business to attend to at Florida where he leads the team in home runs with 19 and RBI’s with 64. Zunino is also second on the team in batting average at .322.