Possible first-rounder Roache hurts wrist
The backstory on Saturday in the Georgia Southern-Radford doubleheader turned out to be the pitching matchup of Chris Beck versus Eddie Butler. The headline, at least as far as the draft is concerned, is the injury to junior outfielder Victor Roache, GSU's star power hitter and one of the top power bats in the college ranks this spring. He injured his left wrist diving for a ball on defense and it's "lookin' like rest of [the] season," said Roache, who had gone 3-for-4 in the first game of the day.
The right-handed hitting Roache was expected to be considered in the top 50 -- perhaps even late in the first round -- thanks to plus raw power even though he has some mechanical problems with his swing.
Beck was solid, yet unspectacular, allowing two earned runs on seven hits in the first game of the twin bill. The 6-foot-3 right-hander struck out five and walked a batter, but he was efficient, tossing 59 of 87 pitches for strikes. "He stuck with his fastball enough tonight," said one area scout. "He was definitely the sharper of the two."
Butler, the other pitcher the scout noted, has drawn some attention as a potential Day 1 selection. The 6-foot-2 junior right-hander gets his fastball into the mid-90s and also offers a slider and changeup. His command needs work, but Saturday's control problems were out of character. He walked six and needed 103 pitches to get through five frames.
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