Ryne Stanek starts slow, finishes strong 

March, 1, 2013
3/01/13
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Arkansas right-hander Ryne Stanek has a chance to be one of the top three college players off the board in this year's draft if he has another strong, healthy spring pitching in the country's premier conference for college baseball.

On Thursday, he started on short rest (six days rather than a full week) at Surprise Stadium against Arizona State, with a ton of heat in the house, including at least four general managers and at least seven scouting directors or vice presidents who oversee scouting. Stanek was good, not his absolute best, but helped himself with a strong finish before he left the game, which Arkansas lost 3-2.