Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Florida State - Stanford Preview

Saturday - 2:00 p.m.

Stanford Cardinal (40-22-2) vs. Florida State Seminoles (54-12)
The Seminoles have one of the best prospects in catcher Buster Posey. He was selected fifth overall in last week's baseball draft by the San Francisco Giants. The Cardinal catcher, Jason Castro, was not far behind as he was taken 10th overall by the Houston Astros.

Stanford has more players drafted in the first four rounds than did Florida State. Stanford left-handed pitcher Jeremy Bleich was selected in the supplemental first round by the Yankees. In round 3, 2nd baseman Cord Phelps was snatched by the Indians and in round 4, outfielder Sean Ratliff went to the Mets.

Ratliff leads the Cardinal with 21 homers. Castro and Phelps are the leading hitters at .379 and .349 respectively. Bleich is 3-2 with an 0.92 ERA. Jeffrey Inman and Erik Davis lead the team with 7 wins each.

Even though Stanford has a bevy of stars, Buster Posey is a beast. He batted .460 with 26 homers and 92 RBIs. The Seminoles have speed in Jack Rye, Tony Delmonico, and Tyler Holt. On the mound, Matt Fairel (12-2) and Ryan Strauss (10-1) are the leaders.

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