Who’s Hot and Who’s Not (3.5.13)

Hot

Colin Moran, 3B, North Carolina

Moran finally got off the schnide last weekend with an electric performance in the first two games of a three-game set against Stony Brook. He went 4-for-9, scored four runs and drove in two. That set the stage for this past weekend’s three-game sweep (by a combined score of 27-8) of Rice, California and Texas A&M in the Astros Foundation College Classic, in which Moran played a key role. He went a combined 4-for-10 with two RBI and four runs. He drew five walks and struck out just once. Those two sweeps, which kept UNC perfect on the year, allowed Moran to reclaim a bit of the luster that had him pegged as the top college hitter heading into the season. For the year, he’s now hitting .361/.520/.389, and while he’s still looking for his first four-bagger, he’s got ten RBI and a 13:2 BB:K ratio. It’s still early, but it looks like he might be getting the Anthony Rendon treatment.

Not

Bobby Wahl, RHP, Mississippi

Wahl came into the 2013 season with a ton of momentum, part of which was generated by a sensational sophomore campaign. He appeared to be on the fast track, a la Chris Stratton, Drew Pomeranz and many other SEC star pitchers to come out the past few years. His last two starts, however, have not been so encouraging. First, he could only make it through five innings against Rhode Island last weekend. He struggled with his command, issuing six free passes, and was lucky to escape allowing only two hits and one run. In his most recent start, against FIU, he once again failed to make it out of the sixth, allowing four runs on nine hits. Command hurt him again, as evidenced by three walks and two hit batters. Luckily, the Rebels offense has had his back, scoring 11 runs against FIU and getting him a vital second run in Ole Miss’ 2-1 victory over Rhode Island. On the year, Wahl is surprisingly and deceivingly 3-0, although the other numbers bore out his struggles: 12 walks in 16.2 innings, three hit batters, and an average of just over five innings per start. Not exactly numbers that scream “first round selection.”

Hot

Marcus Davis, LF, Florida State

Try as you may, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a hotter hitter than FSU’s Davis right now. The slugger transferred before the season from Walters State Community College and has quickly established himself as the Seminoles’ most dangerous hitter. Just ten games into the season, Davis has 15 hits in 33 at-bats, nine of which have gone for extra bases, and four of which have left the yard. He paces the undefeated Noles with 14 RBI, five doubles, 13 runs scored and 32 total bases. He’s currently hitting an astronomical .455/.525/.970. To boot, he’s played flawless left field and swiped two bases. It’s still early, but Davis is looking like a breakout candidate and an early contender for Player of the Year honors.

Not

Karsten Whitson, RHP, Florida

Put Whitson’s name down among those who, looking back, made a terrible decision to forgo a hefty professional signing bonus to attend college. After turning down $2.1 million as the ninth overall pick back in 2010, Whitson went on to find middling success at Florida, and just this past week was shut down for the year following a procedure on his shoulder. He was already likely to miss the remainder of the 2013 season, but this news means Whitson is in for a rude awakening come draft day. There were some who had the burly right-hander pegged as a possible first-round selection, but after struggling immensely in 2012 and facing the prospect of rehab, it seems unlikely he’ll go in a round with single digits.

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