College Baseball: Can Matt Barnes and George Springer Lead UConn to Omaha?
UConn Hopes To Make Run In College Baseball Behind Two Top Draft Picks
UConn has won three men's basketball championships, seven women's basketball championships and made a BCS bowl in football last season.
Baseball has never been a primary focus at UConn, but this summer two players are doing their best to put UConn on the map. Right now, UConn is ranked No. 48 after being upset in the Big East tournament. A long run seems unlikely.
But the U.S. beat Russia, the Red Sox won the World Series, heck, Notre Dame beat the unstoppable UConn women just a few months ago.
But great players do great things, and UConn hasn't had great players in a long time. The last time an MLB team took a UConn player in the first round was 1988 and that player was Charles Nagy.
Barnes and Springer will almost definitely buck that trend and show fans once again that impossible can happen. Both were named semifinalists for the Golden Spikes award last year.
Barnes is an ace pitcher who throws a high-90s fastball—even when his arm is tired at the end of games. He's gotten bigger, faster and stronger and figures to continue developing into a talented player.
Springer is an outfielder who brings raw hitting and speed to the table. While his hitting can develop (he currently has trouble with off-speed and breaking pitches) his fielding is already at a high level.
Both players have a tough job ahead of them leading UConn in the tournament (if they receive a bid), but they will be rewarded with high draft picks regardless.
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