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Notes on Friday's games

4/24/2010

While the best pitching matchup of the weekend never came to fruition thanks to Mother Nature, the performances by the top prospects Friday were strong nonetheless. The Ole Miss-LSU tilt was delayed and then postponed until Saturday afternoon when the two schools will play a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. local time in Oxford.

Anthony Ranaudo, LSU's ace right-hander, will face Ole Miss southpaw Drew Pomeranz in game one -- weather permitting, of course.

Elsewhere ...

• Georgia Tech right-hander Deck McGuire struck out eight and allowed just one run on four hits. McGuire had a no-hitter through 4 1/3 and had the shutout going versus Virginia Tech until fellow draft prospect Austin Wates went deep with one out in the sixth. Derek Dietrich went 0-for-4 and catcher Cole Leonida gathered two singles in four at-bats.

Zack Cox had two singles in five trips to the plate versus Florida while second-day pitching prospect Drew Smyly fanned 10 over seven innings in Arkansas's 8-3 win. Smyly lacks front-line stuff but flashes an above-average fastball in the low 90s and uses a lot of cutter-style sliders and a changeup to keep hitters off balance.

• Louisville corner bat Phil Wunderlich doubled twice in four at-bats to improve to .362/.439/.716 with 16 doubles and 12 home runs on the year. Wunderlich also has a 14-8 BB/K ratio and projects as an early second-day bat.

• Texas A&M right-hander Barret Loux struck out 10 against one walk and four hits allowed in a strong 7-inning stint versus Oklahoma on Friday. Loux threw 77 of 116 pitches for strikes and now owns an 88-20 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings.

• We've talked here about how there is a lack of college bats in the 2010 class, so I feel obligated to share the updated season numbers of 2011 top prospect Anthony Rendon, a 3B at Rice. After Friday's games, the sophomore is hitting .378/.542/.733 with 13 home runs and a preposterous 48-15 BB/K ratio in 40 games. He's walked in more than 25 percent of his plate appearances, and he won't turn 20 until June. He's what we in the business like to call -- good.

• North Carolina right-hander Matt Harvey exposed Clemson's lineup to the tune of 15 punchouts in a complete-game, six-hit win. He allowed three runs on six hits -- two of them, both singles, to Tigers outfielder Kyle Parker.

• Florida Gulf Coast left-hander Chris Sale struck out 15 in a one-hit shutout over Belmont on Friday. Sale, being considered by Kansas City for the No. 4 overall pick as we hear it, walked just one batter and threw 92 of 132 pitches for strikes.

• Minnesota catcher Michael Kvasnicka tallied two doubles and walked in the Gophers' win over Indiana. The switch hitter is up to .354/.455/.619 with a 29-11 BB/K ratio and 25 extra-base hits in 38 games.

• Ohio State right-hander Alex Wimmers walked five and allowed four hits, but struck out 11 in a complete-game win. Wimmers threw 134 pitches to improve to 9-0 with a 1.61 ERA an 78-20 K/BB ratio in nine starts.

• San Diego's Kyle Blair struck out 12 in a 9-4 win over Gonzaga on Friday, allowing six hits and one earned run in 7 2/3 innings. Blair is 5-3 with a 3.39 ERA and a 74-22 K/BB ratio in 10 starts.