2013 College World Series: Top Position Players to Watch in Remaining Games

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJune 20, 2013

June 11, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina third basemen Colin Moran (18) gets ready to make a throw during the 5th inning against the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Chapel Hill Super Regional of the NCAA baseball tournament at Boshamer Stadium. The Tar Heels defeated the Gamecocks 5-4. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

We've seen some incredible pitchers' duels at the 2013 College World Series, but with so many excellent position players still in the tournament, there are bound to be some offensive fireworks in the final games. 

NC State and North Carolina will battle it out on Thursday night in an elimination game to see which team will face UCLA in the semifinals.

On the other side of the bracket, Mississippi State and Oregon State have already punched their ticket to the semifinals and will play on Friday night. 

All four teams feature dynamic players throughout the lineup. Here are a few to keep an eye on during the final contests of this tournament.


Colin Moran, 3B, North Carolina

Drafted No. 6 overall by the Miami Marlins earlier this month, Moran is the heart and soul of North Carolina's lineup. 

Though not a prototypical elite athlete, Moran more than makes up for any lack of physical dominance by doing all the little things right—both at the plate and on the hot corner.

A Golden Spikes Award finalist, Moran put together a rock-solid season for the Tar Heels in 2013, batting .345 with 13 home runs and 87 RBI. He also earned 61 walks and struck out just 22 times, showing excellent discipline and patience at the plate.

In North Carolina's elimination game against LSU, Moran went 3-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. You can be certain that he'll be a factor in the team's upcoming game against the Wolfpack.


Hunter Renfroe, OF, Mississippi State

According to Matt Stevens of The Columbus Dispatch, Renfroe recently earned first-team All-American honors from two separate entities—the 2013 Rawlings/ABCA NCAA Division I All-American team and the ABCA All-South region team.

He was also drafted by the San Diego Padres in the first round with the 13th overall pick of the 2013 MLB draft. The junior outfielder had a huge year for the Bulldogs, batting .357 with 62 RBI, 34 extra-base hits and 15 home runs. 

Renfroe has been rather quiet at the plate thus far in the College World Series, with just two hits and one RBI in the team's first two contests.

Don't think for a second that he isn't ready to explode, however. He recently hit four home runs in a row during batting practice, as reported by the team's official Twitter account:

Renfroe is due for a big game against Oregon State on Friday, and if he can get going at the plate, the Bulldogs have an excellent chance to knock off No. 3-seeded Oregon State.


Trea Turner, SS, NC State

Turner is a sophomore phenom with a keen eye at the plate, stellar skills on the diamond and game-breaking speed as a baserunner.

As a freshman in 2012, Turner led the nation in stolen bases with 57 and was only caught stealing four times. Though his numbers in this category aren't quite as impressive this year (27), Turner is a threat to steal every time he's on base.

As a sophomore at the plate, Turner has blended an impressive mix of consistency, power and production, batting .378 with seven home runs and 41 RBI while earning more walks (35) than strikeouts (30). 

His ability to get on base on a consistent basis, as reported by Pack Pride, is a big reason NC State is in the position it is now with a chance to move on to the championship series:

Turner is one of the most exciting young players in the nation. He and the Wolfpack will attempt to take down the No. 1-ranked team in the country on Thursday night, and you can be sure both teams will leave nothing on the field.


Stats courtesy of collegesplits.com and NCAA.com.

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