College World Series final loaded with MLB prospects
Scouting report for tonight's game includes Virginia slugger Papi, Vandy starter Fulmer
OMAHA, Neb. -- Vanderbilt and Virginia have split the first two games of the College World Series championship series, and they'll play again tonight at 8 p.m. ET to determine which program claims its first national title. Both teams are loaded with future big league talent, and here are five prospects on each team who could make a difference:
Vince Conde, SS
Draft status: Ninth round, Yankees
What he has done in Omaha: 2-for-21 (.095/.269/.095), 3 SB
Scouting report: Vanderbilt's No. 3 hitter is struggling at the plate, but Conde has stood out with his slick defense at shortstop, which helped save the Game 1 win over Virginia.
Carson Fulmer, RHP
Draft status: Sophomore, projected 2015 first round
What he has done in Omaha: 1-0, 3.72 ERA, 2 GS, 9 2/3 IP, 10 H, 8 BB, 9 SO
Scouting report: Fulmer can overpower hitters with his 93-96 mph fastball and hard slider, though he'll need better command than he has shown in Omaha when he starts tonight against a patient Cavaliers lineup.
Adam Ravenelle, RHP
Draft status: Fourth round, Tigers
What he has done in Omaha: 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 2 SV, 3 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 SO
Scouting report: With a hard sinker that can reach the mid-90s and a slider that can be a plus pitch at times, Ravenelle has recorded the first two saves of his college career against Louisville and Virginia at the CWS.
Dansby Swanson, 2B
Draft status: Sophomore, projected 2015 top two rounds
What he has done in Omaha: 8-for-26 (.308/.379/.423), 3 2B, 3 SB
Scouting report: Swanson does it all -- setting the tone at the top of the lineup, stealing bases, providing quality defense and playing with swagger.
Rhett Wiseman, OF
Draft status: Sophomore, projected 2015 top five rounds
What he has done in Omaha: 8-for-22 (.364/.440/.455), 2 2B, 2 SB
Scouting report: A fine athlete who's still polishing the rough edges to his game, Wiseman hit a ball off the right-field wall and made a crucial defensive play in right in the semifinals victory over Texas.
Brandon Downes, OF
Draft status: Seventh round, Royals
What he has done in Omaha: 7-for-23 (.304/.333/.478), 2 3B
Scouting report: A tremendous athlete hampered at the plate by a wrist injury this season, Downes has showed off his power and speed with a pair of triples, while also covering the gaps well in center field.
Nick Howard, RHP
Draft status: First round, Reds (No. 19 overall)
What he has done in Omaha: 0.00 ERA, 2 G, 1 SV, 5 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 SO
Scouting report: Howard has been untouchable with his mid-90s fastball and a wicked slider, tossing four scoreless innings in a 15-inning win over Texas Christian and saving the semifinals win over Mississippi.
Artie Lewicki, LHP
Draft status: Eighth round, Tigers
What he has done in Omaha: 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 G, 7 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 SO
Scouting report: Thanks to a 92-94 mph fastball and a mid-80s cutter/slider, Lewicki hasn't allowed an earned run in 17 1/3 NCAA Tournament innings.
Mike Papi, 1B
Draft status: Supplemental first round, Indians (No. 38 overall)
What he has done in Omaha: 5-for-19 (.263/.417/.316), 1 2B, 1 SB
Scouting report: While Papi hasn't gone deep yet at pitcher-friendly TD Ameritrade Park, he has driven the ball as consistently as anyone here and provided a walk-off double in Virginia's CWS opener against Mississippi.
Josh Sborz, RHP
Draft status: Sophomore, projected 2015 top three rounds
What he has done in Omaha: 1-0, 0.00, 1 GS, 5 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 SO
Scouting report: Tonight's starter for the Cavaliers looked shaky at times in a semifinals defeat of Mississippi, but Sborz battled through it with a 91-93 mph fastball and a hard slider.
Vanderbilt 9, Virginia 8
Virginia 7, Vanderbilt 2
Vanderbilt vs. Virginia, 8 p.m. ET