As the 2014 College World Series continues, the Texas Christian Horned Frogs and Ole Miss Rebels will be playing on Thursday, and there will be a couple of prospects to watch during the game.
Both sides have gone 1-1 during the tournament so far, which means that Thursday's game will send one team home. The Horned Frogs are coming off of a tough 3-2 loss to Virginia in 15 innings, while the Rebels were able to survive thanks to a 2-1 win over Texas Tech.
As both teams try to keep their national title hopes alive, let's take a look at the viewing information for Thursday's game along with some prospects to keep an eye on.
Date: Thursday, June 19
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Prospects To Watch
Kevin Cron, 1B, TCU
Selected No. 420 overall by Arizona Diamondbacks
While it took a while to hear his name called in the 2014 MLB draft, Kevin Cron looks like a potential power hitter in the near future.
After a rough 2013 campaign, Cron has turned things around this year. He's hitting .279 with five home runs and 40 RBI through 63 games, and he's been a solid first baseman for the team. In his most recent game against Virginia, he actually set a College World Series record for putouts, according to the Cavs Journal.
To the 14th inning we go. TCU's Kevin Cron just set a College World Series record for putouts. That kind of night. #UVa and Frogs tied at 2.— Cavs Journal (@CavsJournal) June 18, 2014
Cron has a promising frame for a power hitter at 6'5" and 245 pounds, as it looks like he could add even more muscle to his big frame. He has plus-plus raw power and some impressive bat speed to help him drive balls into the outfield.
His swing could use some work, especially with his balance, but there's so much potential in Cron's powerful swing that he has a chance to be a successful power hitter after some time in the Diamondbacks' farm system.
Will Allen, C, Ole Miss
Selected No. 400 overall by Detroit Tigers
Catchers aren't usually expected to be the most productive hitters on their teams, but Will Allen has been the Rebels' most valuable offensive weapon throughout the season.
In the team's 67 games, Allen has led the Rebels with 61 RBI. He's been hitting .336 with seven home runs, 23 doubles and a .500 slugging percentage. He's also been a strong player defensively, posting a rock-solid fielding percentage of .993, committing just three errors all year.
Umpires have also apparently liked the way Allen conducts himself behind the plate. According to Mike Bonner from the Clarion-Ledger, one umpire had some very nice words to say to Allen during a game.
The ump is mic'd up and we can here it. "You're like the politest kid I've ever met." Talking to Ole Miss catcher Will Allen.— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) June 17, 2014
Heading into this game against TCU, Allen feels confident that their offense can get going after putting up just three runs in two games. He told John Galatas from the Sun Herald:
We just need to be aggressive and keep doing what we have been doing the whole year. We're a really good team and have a really good offense. We just ran into a really good pitcher who kept us off balance (Sunday) night. We're a tough team. We've bounced back before, and we have all the confidence in the world.
With the offensive firepower and composure when behind the plate, Allen looks like an exciting catcher Tigers fans should keep an eye on over the next few years as he works his way through the minors.