With the No. 2 pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, the Cincinnati Reds selected prep right-hander Hunter Greene out of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Greene was a two-way star in high school, and back in February didn’t sound like someone quite willing yet to choose one specific role.
Anyway, they’re finally back underway in Gainesville in a College World Series berth decider, and the Gators wasted no time in adding to their 1-0 lead from before the break. JJ Schwartz, in fact, is here to catch pitches, call plays, and mash massive dingers. Here’s his big boy jam in the bottom of the third:
That ball traveled the same exact line as his mash from earlier in the day, which nearly punched a hole in the Gators’ newly renovated basketball facility. This hit is even more remarkable because Schwartz landed two taters on the same day in consecutive games. That’s a hilarious counterpoise to Wake Forest’s Johnny Aiello, who slammed two homers in one game but on consecutive days. What?
This is March June.
Without Heimlich’s 0.79 ERA, the Beavers seemed to suffer not at all, since they haven’t lost a game in the tournament and are currently on a winning streak dating back to April 29. In the Beavers’ most recent game a 9-2 shellacking of Vanderbilt to advance to the CWS sometime starter Bryce Fehmel held the Commodores to just five hits in a complete game effort. As a staff, Oregon State’s starting hurlers own a 1.80 ERA on the season, the lowest in the country in some 40 years.
Alongside Fehmel, Jake Thompson’s 1.52 ERA and righty Drew Rasmussen can consistently reach into the mid-to-low 90s with their heat. Teams typically rotate between two starters every other game at this point in the tournament, so with three top arms ready to go, the Beavs have an embarrassment of starting stuff.