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College World Series 2013: Players to Watch in Monday's Action

Jun 9, 2013; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Indiana Hoosiers catcher Kyle Schwarber (10) looks to throw a runner out on second during the game against the Florida State Seminoles during the Tallahassee super regional of the 2013 NCAA baseball tournament at Dick Howser Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJune 17, 2013

The second wave of games in the 2013 College World Series will take place on Monday, with some of the best players in the nation competing for a national championship.

We're seeing plenty of MLB talent in the College World Series. That trend will continue on Monday, as Louisville and Oregon State square off at 3 p.m. ET, with Mississippi State and Indiana facing off later at 8 p.m. ET.

What players am I most excited to watch on Monday? 

Take a look.

 

Kyle Schwarber, C/OF, Indiana

Catcher Kyle Schwarber has been an absolute beast in Indiana's lineup this season. He leads the Hoosiers with 18 long balls and is second on the club in batting average (.376) and RBI (54). The versatile hitter was big for Indiana in Saturday's 2-0 win over Louisville, going 2-for-5 with a run scored.

Perhaps Matthew Leach of MLB.com sums it up best:

Not only is Schwarber a key member of the offense, but he's also in charge of managing the game for the pitching staff—a staff that ranks eighth in all of college baseball with a collective ERA of 2.63.

Kyle Schwarber is a name you'll be hearing a lot when the 2014 MLB draft rolls around.

 

Ty Young, INF, Louisville

Ty Young didn't have the best day against Indiana on Saturday—he went 0-for-4 in a 2-0 loss for Louisville—but he's been the leader of the Cardinals' offense all season. Young is tied for the team lead in average (.333) and leads Louisville in runs (54) and RBI (57). 

The third baseman has swiped 26 bags this year while launching four home runs, making him one of the most solid combinations of power and speed in college baseball—probably the reason the Tampa Bay Rays made him their seventh-round pick in the 2013 draft.

Hitting in the three hole in front of Coco Johnson, Young is arguably the most important hitter in Louisville's lineup, and he'll have to be better on Monday for the Cardinals to win. 

 

Hunter Renfroe, C/OF, Mississippi State

Not only is Mississippi State's Hunter Renfroe really fast, but he's one of the best sluggers in the College World Series. Renfroe has nine stolen bases this season and has jacked 15 homers, which leads the Bulldogs. He also leads the team with 61 RBI and a .638 slugging percentage.

Playing right field, Renfroe went 1-for-4 with a run scored in the Bulldogs' 5-4 victory over Oregon State in their first game of the World Series.

He already knows his future, as he was drafted 13th overall by the San Diego Padres. For now, Renfroe has work to do, hitting third in the Bulldogs' lineup and trying to help Mississippi State to its first-ever national championship.

 

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