Micah Owings of Tulane
Additional College Pitchers of Interest
Micah Owings, RHP-DH-OF-1B, Tulane
A high-profile transfer from Georgia Tech, Owings is one of the best two-way players in the nation, with pro potential as both a hitter and pitcher. He swings a power bat from the right side, and has hit .324/.441/.699 this year, with 15 homers, 33 walks, and 44 strikeouts in 173 at-bats. He has a ton of raw power, but strikes out a lot and may have contact problems at higher levels. I like him better on the mound, where he is 8-4, 3.79 with a 108/17 K/BB ratio in 100 innings. His K/BB and K/IP are excellent, and he's made major strides in his command. The funny thing is that his draft status has slipped, but his component numbers are better than they were at Georgia Tech. A big guy at 6-5, 225. Projection: Rumor right now is 3rd or 4th round, but it would not surprise me to see him go as early as the supplemental round to a college or stat-oriented team.
J. Brent Cox, RHP, University of Texas
Texas closer has 12 saves, 1.87 ERA, 66/15 K/BB in 58 innings, 43 hits allowed, 1 homer allowed. All ratios are excellent, and he should be the kind of pitcher who can make an easy transition to professional relief work. Low 90s fastball, excellent breaking ball, and sharp command combine well with his "closer mentality." That may not sound sabermetric, but I think it is real. I do think there are pitchers who do not have the proper mentality to close games regularly. Cox, by all accounts, does. 6-2, 200 pounds. Projection: someone looking for a polished guy who can advance rapidly could pop him in the supplemental round or second round.
Matt Green, RHP, University of Louisiana-Monroe
2.65 ERA, 10-2 record, with 141/26 K/BB ratio in 105 innings. All numbers better than average, with particularly impressive K/IP ratio. Excellent stats, and he has a good arm to boot, with a 91-95 MPH fastball, a good breaking ball, and sharp command. His biggest problem is having pitched for a smaller school, rather than one of the major baseball powers. 6-5, 210 pounds. Projection: people are talking about third round, but he could go higher than that to a college-oriented club.
Jacob Marceaux, RHP, McNeese State University
3.05 ERA, 6-5 record, with 105/29 K/BB ratio in 100 innings. Marceaux works with a 90-94 MPH sinker, a curveball, and a very good changeup. His command is good, and he's done well this year despite mediocre offensive and defensive support from his teammates. 6-2, 195 pounds. Like Green, he is being talked about as a third round pick, but he could go a bit sooner than that depending on what happens in the earlier rounds.
Chris Mason, RHP, UNC Greensboro
2.60 ERA, 128/23 K/BB ratio in 111 innings, 93 hits allowed, giving him one of the better K/BB and K/IP sets in the nation this year. He is a two-way guy as well, also playing center field and third base, hitting .322 with 13 steals and leading his team with a .488 slugging percentage. Has been named Southern Conference Pitcher of the Week four times this year. He's not a big guy, just 6-0, 170 pounds, but he does a lot of things right. His size will keep him out of the first two rounds. Beyond that, I have no idea where he slots in the draft, but if I were a scouting director I would take a really good look at this guy.
Matt Torra, RHP, University of Massachusetts
1.14 ERA, 111/16 K/BB in 95 innings, just 56 hits and 0 homers allowed. Fast-rising cold-weather college pitcher, projected in the middle rounds at the beginning of the season, but is now being mentioned as a possible supplemental first-round pick, or perhaps even higher. Throws low-90s with excellent command. A Pittsfield, Massachusetts high school native, where he played third base and pitched. 6-3, 225 pounds. Projection: mid first-round, would be an ideal pick for the Red Sox at 23, but he may not last that long.