08 May, 2008

Collegiate Baseball Stars-Middle Infield

Every year there are a few college baseball players that stand far and above their peers. This year is no exception.
The seemingly consensus top player in the nation is shortstop Gordon Beckham of Georgia. Beckham is an exceptional athlete who projects to be a second basemen in his professional career. He is batting .409/.520/.860 for the Bulldogs in 186 at-bats. He is also an adept baserunner only being caught stealing once in 17 attempts on the season.
Not far behind Beckham in talent is second basemen Jemile Weeks of Miami. Weeks has an impressive .394/.464/.703 line. Weeks is in some ways a less polished version of Beckham at the plate, without as much power. Weeks has also only been caught on the basepaths once in 17 stolen base attempts. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Weeks is that he is currently the top offensive player on the top offensive team in the nation. Miami dwarfs most other programs' offensive ability in every category this season.
Other noteworthy middle infielders this season include: Johnny Giavotella-New Orleans, Josh Satin-California, Ryan Jackson-Miami, and Josh Adams-Florida.
We will take a look at the corners in our next edition.

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