College World Series 2013: Position Players with Best Chance to Raise MLB Stock

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIJune 19, 2013

June 9, 2013; Corvallis, OR, USA; Oregon State Beavers player Michael Conforto (8) rounds the bases after hitting a home-run against the Kansas State Wildcats in the first inning of the Corvallis Super Regional at Goss Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports
Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 College World Series has cut down the field and only the elite teams remain in the pursuit of baseball supremacy. While the teams may garner the headlines for their collective success, we'd be remiss to ignore the individuals remaining in the field.

The question is, which position players have the best chance to raise their MLB stock?

Certain players have solidified their status as future stars, but lack the breakout performance at the College World Series to push their name into the first round. Others have been drafted, but would do well for their MLB future by stepping up in Omaha.

The future is now for these players.

Michael Conforto, Oregon State Beavers

Position:Β Outfield

Drafted:Β N/A

2013 Season Statistics

63 GS, .335/.456/.536, 48 R, 13 2B, 11 HR, 47 RBI

One of the last remaining favorites is the Oregon State Beavers, as they defeated Louisville to move into an elimination game against Indiana. With their College World Series eligibility on the line, the Beavers will turn to their stars.

Expect Michael Conforto to improve his draft stock for the 2014 selection process.

Conforto is already a top prospect, hitting both for power and average in order to make a powerful impact with his bat. Conforto is also a respected fielder, which suggests that his two-way upside could result in his becoming a first round draft choice.

Conforto can solidify that status by leading his team to a win over Indiana.

Conforto has 11 home runs and 47 RBI in 63 games this season, hitting .335 and scoring nine runs. He's also hit 12 doubles, which displays just how consistent Conforto has been at hitting for extra bases.

A strong performance is on the horizon from one of college baseball's brightest stars.

Adam Frazier, Mississippi State Bulldogs

Position: Shortstop

Drafted: No. 179 (Pittsburgh Pirates)

2013 Season Statistics

68 GS, .360/.406/.476, 61 R, 20 2B, 0 HR, 38 RBI

With the 179th selection in the 2013 MLB draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected shortstop Adam Frazier out of Mississippi State. While this year's class of shortstops has been criticized as relatively weak, Frazier is a genuine MLB prospect.

It all starts with the bat.

Frazier is not a power hitter by any stretch of the imagination, as he's failed to register a single home run this season. With that being said, Frazier is hitting .360 and boasts an on-base percentage of .476.

Paired with 20 doubles and 38 RBI, Frazier has become one of the top pure hitters in the nation.

That's the type of value that any team would love to have at the top of their batting lineup, as Frazier can get on base at an elite rate. While his draft spot may suggest mediocrity as a prospect, Frazier's upside is undeniable.

He can go a long way toward improving his stock entering the MLB by stepping up at the College World Series.

Kyle Schwarber, Indiana Hoosiers

Position: Catcher/Outfielder

Drafted: N/A

2013 Season Statistics

58 GS, .372/.462/.658, 65 R, 10 2B, 18 HR, 54 RBI

At this stage of the game, Indiana Hoosiers catcher Kyle Schwarber has the look of a genuine superstar. The sophomore catcher is one of the top hitters in the nation, mixing elite power with the type of contact play that would intrigue any scout.

Schwarber can solidify his status as a top-pick contender in 2014 by continuing his path to super-stardom at the College World Series.

Schwarber is currently hitting .372 with 18 home runs and 54 RBI in 58 games. Not only do those numbers jump off of the page, but they're evidence as to how dominant he can be when focused on the task.

The question is, will the Indiana star step up as his team faces elimination against Oregon State?

Going up against one of the top pitching staffs in the nation won't be easy, but Schwarber has proven capable. Not only is he hitting for power at the event, but he's getting on base and serving as the catalyst to Indiana's high-octane attack.

Schwarber can make the leap into the top-pick conversation with any further hitting brilliance.


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