College World Series 2013: Best MLB Prospects to Watch in Final Series

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IJune 22, 2013

Jun 15, 2013; Omaha, NE, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs right fielder Hunter Renfroe (34) makes the final out against the Oregon State Beavers during the College World Series game at TD Ameritrade Park. Mississippi State won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports
Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

A handful of prospects picked in the 2013 MLB Draft have led their teams to the 2013 College World Series Final, showing the ballclubs who selected them that they’re not just projects—they’re winners.

UCLA and Mississippi State will face off in the national title in a best-of-three series on Monday, June 24 through Wednesday, June 26 if needed. To reach the final, the Bruins defeated North Carolina 4-1 on Friday, and the Bulldogs beat Oregon State by the same score.

Here are the top pro prospects for each college club.

4. RHP Zack Weiss, UCLA

Weiss impressed enough pitching relief at UCLA this season to entice the Cincinnati Reds to select him 195th overall in the draft. He’ll enter the College World Series with an ERA of 2.33 while having struck out 27 batters compared to allowing just 35 hits. He faced four batters in an inning of work against the Tar Heels and only allowed one hit.

3. RHP Nick Vander Tuig, UCLA

The San Francisco Giants selected Vander Tuig with the 192nd overall pick in this year’s draft.

He started most recently against NC State on Tuesday. He silenced the Wolfpack bats, allowing just four hits and one run while striking out six batters in seven innings. His dominant performance earned Vander Tuig his 13th win of the season.

2. SS Adam Frazier, Mississippi State

The Bulldogs’ leadoff hitter, Frazier, enters the College World Series with a batting average of .358. He’s crossed the plate in each of their last two victories. Frazier heard his name called with pick No. 179 for the Pittsburgh Pirates in this spring’s draft.

1. RF Hunter Renfroe, Mississippi State

Renfroe showed why the San Diego Padres selected him with the No. 13 pick in this year’s draft against Oregon State on Friday. He hit his 16th home run of the season with two on base to give the Bulldogs a commanding four-run lead, which they held onto in a 4-1 victory. The outfielder is batting .357 on the season and must leave his mark on the series for Mississippi State to triumph.

David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.


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