Top college pitchers struggle mightily 

April, 2, 2012

It took six weeks, but the top four college arms in Keith Law's preseason Top 50 all struggled by their own measures this past weekend. Stanford's Mark Appel, LSU's Kevin Gausman, Michael Wacha at Texas A&M and San Francisco's Kyle Zimmer combined to yield 18 earned runs on 39 hits over 28 1/3 innings Friday night. They joined forces to walk just six against 28 strikeouts, but that's a 5.72 ERA and WHIP of nearly 1.6.

Appel appears to have struggled more the others, since despite his five earned runs allowed, Gausman posted 12 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. The Stanford ace was battered for 12 hits over eight frames, surrendering six runs, all earned, and ended the night with just five punchouts against Arizona. Law was at the game and filed a report here.