A 2010 MLB draft class update
As the weeks go by, we'll see more and more intriguing matchups between prospects of the 2010 draft class. Friday night there were a few to get us going, including one that pitted two potential top-10 picks from the class of 2011.
UCLA's Gerrit Cole faced Vanderbilt's Sonny Gray, although neither pitched well enough to be considered the victor of an epic showdown. Cole, a physical power arm at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, went five innings and struck out eight in the 9-2 Bruins triumph but allowed eight hits and needed 95 pitches just to qualify for the win.
Gray, all of 5-11 and weighing just less than 200 pounds, couldn't get out of the fifth, surrendering five earned runs on seven hits and two walks. He did fan six but picked up the loss in his second start of the year.
There's more than a small chance Cole and Gray both will end up as top-five picks next year, perhaps coming off the board at Nos. 1 and 2.
As for the class of 2010 ...
• Tennessee took a pounding at Oregon State, falling 17-1 with ace Bryan Morgado on the mound. The left-hander, a third-round pick by the White Sox this past June, went just 3 2/3 innings, giving up eight earned runs on five hits, five bases on balls and two hit batters. Morgado threw 101 pitches, just 56 for strikes.
• Vols 1B/DH Cody Hawn had two hits in the loss and now is 4-for-5 with three extra-base hits on the year. Catcher Blake Forsythe went hitless in three plate appearances but still sports a shiny .474 on-base percentage in four games.
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