Each week we will be featuring the Team USA College Player Update, brought to you by the fine folks at Prospect Nation.  They do an absolutely amazing job at covering USA baseball, so it’s only fitting that we join forces in a sense.  Be sure to check out their FULL SITE and SUPPLEMENTAL BLOG for all your prospect needs, including USA alumni news.

1st: Indiana junior OF Alex Dickerson owned the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational this past week; over the course of five games, Dickerson was a combined 9-for-23 with 1 2B, 3 HR’s and 6 RBI’s; for his performance, Dickerson was named the Big Ten Player of the Week, the fourth time he has earned that distinction…

[LINK: Dickerson Big Ten Player of the Week]

2nd: Oregon junior LHP Tyler Anderson surpassed UCLA’s Trevor Bauer for the strikeout lead with 52 as compared to Bauer’s 46; to be fair, UCLA had the week off and Bauer did not get a chance to pitch; still, Anderson has really come on strong since his first outing and keeps turning out brilliant performances, notching double-digit strikeout games in his last four consecutive starts (12, 14, 12, and 11); this past week, Anderson tossed eight shutout innings, fanning 11 and allowing just 2 hits and 1 walk…

[LINK: Anderson delivers nearly untouchable performance]

3rd: Vanderbilt junior RHP Sonny Gray has been “lights out” this year, and his most recent performance, 7.1 shutout innings that saw him fan 10 batters, walk 4 and give up just 4 hits, wasn’t even his best outing; over his past two games, Gray hasn’t allowed a single run to cross the plate and has allowed only 2 runs over his past four games (29.1 IP)…

[LINK: Vandy’s ace wins SEC opener]

4th: TCU draft-eligible sophomore LHP Matt Purke was at “about 70% of his normal self” during his last outing according to head coach Jim Schlossnagle; so if Purke can get 7.2 innings without giving up an earned run, strikeout 11 batters and walk just 1 when he’s “70%”, what kind of freakish numbers would a 100% outing look like?; the reigning National Freshman of the Year is getting back into form following a sore shoulder and blistered finger; can’t wait to see that 100% form…

[LINK: Purke puts on show for scouts]

5th: Someone forgot to tell Miami LHP Bryan Radziewski that freshmen aren’t supposed to make it look this easy; Rad has been Miami’s Friday night ace since a season opener that saw him go 6IP, allowing just 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walk and notching 8 K’s; this past week he pitched his best game so far, tossing 6.1 innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 unearned run, 2 walks and notching 10 K’s; however, this game wasn’t head-and-shoulders above 3 of his other starts and that should tell you something about how consistently good he has been…

[LINK: Radziewski nearly flawless as Hurricane’s down Deacons]

6th: Air Force freshman LHP Kyle Van Alstine made his college debut this week; that’s about all that was notable as Van Alstine was yanked after 0.2 innings after appearing in a relief role; his line: 0.2IP, 2H, 2R, 2ER, 1BB, 4AB; welcome to D1 baseball!

[LINK: Van Alstine makes college debut]

7th: Bethune-Cookman junior C Peter O’Brien was named the MEAC Player of the Week after a weekend that saw him hit a 2B, 2 HR’s, and 4 RBI’s; among our group of sluggers, O’Brien sits atop the lead in HR’s with 6 total, but it’s a spot he shares with LSU junior OF Mikie Mahtook who also has 6 round-trippers …

[LINK: O’Brien MEAC Player of the Week]

8th: CS-Fullerton freshman Michael Lorenzen was NOT one of the recently suspended Titans (Nick and Noe Ramirez weren’t either);  citing a “violation of team rules”, Titans’ coach Dave Serrano suspended 8 players from this past weekend’s games; Lorenzen chipped in to fill the hole by going 7-for-14, with a 2B, 3B, 3 RBI’s and 3-3 on stolen base attempts; if he keeps hitting like this, one of those suspended players may not have a job to come back to; here’s an excerpt from a recent post on TitanCentral.com, and it reflects what a lot of people are saying:

It is good to see Michael Lorenzen playing everyday.  He is a super star in the making!!! I was in Baton Rouge and saw him play – his confidence is going way up.  His swing looks great and let me tell you his arm is awesome.  I saw his throws from right field to the plate and they were a thing of beauty.  You might remember Clark Hardman?  His arm was great – I believe Michael’s is even better.”

[LINK: Lorenzen thanks God for “college, baseball, and having fun”]

9th: UCONN junior OF George Springer didn’t get off to a good start this year; Springer showed what the hype was all about last week going 7-for-17 with 3 2B’s, 1 3B, 1 HR and 7 RBI’s; we were waiting to see if he could sustain it and he did, sort of; although his weekly AVG of 0.364 was the result of 4-for-11 hitting, all of those hits were singles and he drove-in one single run; however, Springer did a lot of the “little things” that oftentimes go overlooked; yes, he only hit a few singles, BUT, he did go 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts and he was hit 3 times by pitches; Springer hasn’t seen many good pitches to hit this year because there’s not much in the lineup behind him; so he has resorted to doing those little things to try to help the team; that’s not one of the “5-tools” that gets lots of press, but it’s one of the intangible things winners possess; as expected, people are speculating about the impact on Springer’s draft status; one of the featured posts on today’s BA College Chat with Aaron Fitt:

Jeff Sullivan (Belchertown MA): Still early, but how far has George Springer fallen on draft boards? Still in the top ten?
Aaron Fitt: He’s doing fine. He entered the season as the No. 2 college position player on the board after Rendon, and he still might be that guy, just because of his upside. His tools are just so loud — it’s huge raw power, big-time speed and defensive ability. We’ve said all along that there’s some risk with Springer — he’s not a finished product as a hitter, but you draft him for his upside. He’s certainly still a likely top 10 pick.

[LINK: 3/21/2011 BA College Chat with Aaron Fitt]

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