College World Series 2014: Viewing Info, Top Prospects to Watch for TCU vs. UVA

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College World Series 2014: Viewing Info, Top Prospects to Watch for TCU vs. UVA
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The TCU Horned Frogs and Virginia Cavaliers will play on Tuesday night in the 2014 College World Series, and there will be a few key prospects to watch during the game.

This year's College World Series is in full swing, with one team already eliminated. The Louisville Cardinals lost both of their games to Vanderbilt and Texas, officially ending their run in Omaha. Meanwhile, the Horned Frogs were able to win their fist game against Texas Tech, while the Cavaliers took down Ole Miss.

While neither team is at risk of being eliminated on Tuesday night, it will be a big game for both of them. Let's take a look at the viewing information for the game between TCU and Virginia along with a breakdown of MLB prospects to watch for.

 

Viewing Information

Date: Tuesday, June 17

Time: 8 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

Live Stream: Watch ESPN

 

Top Prospects to Watch

Derek Fisher, OF, Virginia

Selected No. 37 overall by the Houston Astros

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While he hasn't put up the same numbers that he had in 2013, Derek Fisher has still shown during the past few seasons at Virginia that he is capable of becoming a powerful hitter in the majors.

The numbers don't look very pretty this year, with Fisher hitting only .285 with three home runs and 26 RBI. His on-base percentage has dropped from .405 last year to .347 this year, as well, but considering he's played his home games in a pitcher-friendly park, the numbers don't tell the whole story.

Fisher might have gone a bit later than he would have liked because of his drop in numbers, but that was likely the result a wrist injury that required surgery in March. However, Fisher seemed quite happy that he was able to come back in just five weeks when he was interviewed by Norm Wood of the Daily Press:

"If you had told me I was getting surgery and I'd be back in less than five weeks when it happened, I think I probably would've been pretty ecstatic about it. Coming back in just shy of five weeks and being able to help the team win was something I honestly didn't expect."

Fisher has good power that helps him drive balls into the gaps in the outfield. He may be limited to the corners at outfield due to his less-than-ideal reaction time and range, but his skills at the plate project well as a major league hitter.

 

Brandon Finnegan, LHP, TCU

Selected No. 17 overall by the Kansas City Royals

There haven't been many pitchers in college baseball as dominant as Brandon Finnegan, and he'll be starting for the Horned Frogs in this College World Series matchup.

In 16 starts, Finnegan has posted an ERA of just 2.12 and an incredibly low WHIP of just 0.99. He has struck out 129 batters in 97.2 innings, and according to TCU's Mark Cohen, he led the nation back in early June with 12.0 strikeouts per nine innings. As of right now, he's still near that pace with 11.89 strikeouts per nine innings.

Along with a solid mid-90s fastball, Finnegan has a very strong slider and a quickly improving changeup. His command and stamina have shown consistent improvement during his time at TCU, which bodes well if he plans on becoming a starter for the Royals.

There were concerns about shoulder inflammation heading into the draft, but according to Pete Grathoff from The Kansas City Star, Finnegan doesn't seem too concerned about the injury, saying:

Really, it was just a little bit of inflammation of the shoulder. I think what caused it was just sleeping on it wrong. I don’t throw many pitches in any of the games I’ve pitched. The most I’ve ever thrown is 116, which is less than any of the other big-time guys in the draft. It’s definitely nothing to do with over-pitching.

Royals fans will get a good look at Finnegan on the national stage Tuesday night, and with how well he's done this season, it's quite likely he'll have another productive outing.
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