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College Baseball World Series 2013: Exciting Players to Watch in Omaha

Jun 8, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack pitcher Carlos Rodon delivers a pitch against the Rice Owls during the Raleigh super regional of the 2013 NCAA baseball tournament at Doak Field. North Carolina State defeated Rice 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJune 14, 2013

Boasting a ton of MLB talent, the 2013 College Baseball World Series is a tournament you won't want to miss.

From Omaha, Neb., eight teams will compete in a double-elimination tournament in hopes of clinching a national championship and etching their names into the record books.

With the World Series beginning on Saturday, June 15, we're highlighting a few exciting players you'll want to see competing in Omaha.

Let's jump right in.

 

Colin Moran, UNC

Already taken sixth overall in the 2013 MLB draft by the Miami Marlins, North Carolina's Colin Moran is arguably the most premier hitter competing in the College Baseball World Series.

The Tar Heels' third baseman leads all of Division I baseball in RBI with 88 and is hitting .343 to go with 13 homers and 73 runs scored this season. Moran's RBI triple was key for the Heels in the World Series-clinching victory over South Carolina on June 11.

Along with teammate Kent Emanuel, Moran was named to the All-American team for his outstanding 2013 campaign—one that has his No. 1 Tar Heels in prime position to win the World Series.

Hitting third in UNC's lineup between fellow standout hitters Landon Lassiter and Skye Bolt, Moran will have plenty of opportunities to put runs on the board for the Tar Heels if opposing pitchers opt to go after him.

Of course, after the amazing season he's having, it would just be wise to award Moran first base because he'll make you pay.

 

Mason Katz, LSU

Leading LSU in practically every offensive category, infielder Mason Katz is not only one of the best sluggers in Omaha, but he's a versatile fielder.

According to Randy Rosetta of NOLA.com, Katz has played five different positions for the Tigers during his career at LSU. His defensive skills combined with his powerful offense are what made the St. Louis Cardinals take Katz in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB draft. 

Katz is hitting .366 this season to go with a team-high 15 longballs and 68 RBI and looks poised to help the Tigers win their first national championship since 2009 (h/t CST).

#LSU's Mason Katz was selected in the fourth round by the St. Louis Cardinals. #mlbdraft

— KSLA News 12 Sports (@KSLASports) June 7, 2013

Katz's club is riding an eight-game winning streak heading into the Omaha classic, having put up a combined 13 runs in its 2-0 sweep of Oklahoma in the Super Regionals.

Look for Katz to be the leading man for LSU as it squares off versus UCLA starting Sunday, June 16.

 

Carlos Rodon, N.C. State

College baseball's leader in strikeouts, Carlos Rodon, will be the key to NC State's advancement in the World Series.

Rodon sports a 9-2 record and 3.19 ERA to go with 170 strikeouts in just 118.1 innings pitched. That equates to a 12.93 K/9 mark, which to no one's surprise, is also first in college baseball.

Despite finding himself in a matchup against a high-scoring UNC offense, Rodon has faired extremely well against the Tar Heels in his career, according to Pack Pride.

Carlos Rodon's Career Line vs. UNC: 4 starts, 1-0 record, 0.84 ERA, 32.1 Innings Pitched, 43 Strikeouts, 10 Walks, 3 Earned Runs Allowed

— Pack Pride (@PackPride) June 11, 2013

MLB draft expert Jonathan Mayo suggests that Rodon will likely be the No. 1 pick of the 2014 MLB draft, and it's pretty obvious why. The southpaw has proven to be one of the most dominant starters in college baseball and will be a treat to watch as he takes the hill against UNC.

 

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