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Top Batter And Pitcher In Each Division I Conference



Liberty's D.J. Artis ranks among the D-I leaders for on-base percentage. (Photo by Carl Kline)


We apply advanced metrics to college statistics to identify the top batter and pitcher in each Division I conference. Many of these players will be selected in the middle or late rounds of the 2017 draft. All statistics as of May 20, 2017.


Best Hitters

The top batter (min. 150 plate appearances) in each Division I conference this year as ranked by park-adjusted weighted runs created plus (wRC+).

Conference Player Yr. School AVG OBP SLG wRC+
American Athletic Kevin Merrell Jr. South Florida .393 .476 .590 172
America East Chris Sharpe So. UMass-Lowell .338 .432 .677 180
Atlantic Sun Nick Rivera Sr. Fla. Gulf Coast .305 .439 .579 173
Atlantic 10 Will Robertson Sr. Davidson .349 .407 .675 194
Atlantic Coast Adam Haseley Jr. Virginia .402 .492 .693 181
Big 12 Garrett McCain Jr. Oklahoma State .393 .496 .550 158
Big East Rylan Bannon Jr. Xavier .337 .448 .653 192
Big South D.J. Artis* So. Liberty .357 .521 .538 204
Big Ten Jake Adams Jr. Iowa .347 .427 .743 195
Big West Keston Hiura Jr. UC Irvine .402 .546 .669 246
Colonial Logan McRae Jr. Col. of Charleston  .332 .426 .622 167
Conference USA Matt Wallner* Fr. Southern Miss. .339 .465 .661 172
Horizon Daulton Varsho Jr. Milwaukee .366 .496 .655 205
Ivy Randall Kanemaru Jr. Columbia .395 .435 .625 175
Metro Atlantic Dan Shea Sr. Monmouth .291 .433 .545 173
Mid-American Tanner Allison Jr. Western Mich.  .367 .438 .597 174
Mid-Eastern Alex Mauricio Jr. Norfolk State .374 .457 .573 180
Missouri Valley Jake Burger Jr. Missouri State  .351 .462 .703 193
Mountain West Aaron Arruda Jr. Fresno State .389 .459 .668 167
Northeast Phil Capra* So. Wagner .367 .446 .560 168
Ohio Valley Nick Egli Sr. Belmont  .361 .466 .721 173
Pacific-12 J.J. Matijevic Jr. Arizona  .401 .444 .671 184
Patriot Jacen Nalesnik Sr. Lehigh  .321 .397 .606 160
Southeastern Brent Rooker Jr. Mississippi State .408 .516 .878 236
Southern Tyler Tharp Sr. VMI  .347 .439 .673 160
Southland Josh Evans Jr. Stephen F. Austin .401 .444 .672 185
Southwestern Bryce Brown Jr. Jackson State .385 .517 .460 178
Summit Adam McGinnis Sr. Western Illinois  .363 .471 .580 194
Sun Belt Travis Swaggerty* So. South Alabama .360 .485 .550 178
West Coast Brock Hale So. Brigham Young .386 .473 .703 195
Western Athletic Tristen Carranza* So. New Mexico State .327 .432 .690 169
* Not draft eligible. The top draft-eligible performers for these conferences are as follows:

Big South: Danny Sullivan, Gardner-Webb, Sr., 181 Conference USA: Sam Finfer, Marshall, Sr., 170 Northeast: Mickey Gasper, Bryant, Jr., 162 Sun Belt: Billy Cooke, Coastal Carolina, Jr., 167 Western Athletic: Jose Garcia, Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Sr., 164


Best Pitchers

The top pitcher (min. 50 innings) in each Division I conference this year as ranked by park-adjusted ERA minus (ERA-).

Conference Player Yr. School ERA BB9 SO9 ERA-
American Athletic Joey Cavallaro Jr. South Florida  2.08 2.6 12.5 49
America East Nick Gallagher So. Binghamton 2.41 3.9 7.5 49
Atlantic Sun Logan Gilbert* So. Stetson  1.75 2.6 11.2 40
Atlantic 10 Miller Hogan So. Saint Louis 2.14 2.3 7.9 45
Atlantic Coast Brendan McKay Jr. Louisville 2.22 2.9 12.3 32
Big 12 Steven Gingery* So. Texas Tech  1.82 2.7 10.6 44
Big East Sean Mooney* Fr. St. John's  1.10 1.5 8.2 26
Big South Nate Pawelczyk* So. Winthrop 2.32 3.7 8.0 47
Big Ten Brian Shaffer Jr. Maryland 1.67 1.6 9.1 38
Big West Dave Smith Sr. Long Beach State  1.77 1.0 4.6 45
Colonial Alex Royalty* So. UNC Wilmington 3.37 2.4 9.7 60
Conference USA Nate Harris Sr. Louisiana Tech 1.65 1.1 9.7 32
Horizon Ryan Weiss* So. Wright State 2.02 1.5 8.2 41
Ivy Paul Balestrieri Sr. Cornell 2.18 2.3 5.6 48
Metro Atlantic Chris Enns Jr. Quinnipiac 2.09 3.1 6.4 40
Mid-American Joey Murray* So. Kent State 2.12 3.8 13.1 43
Mid-Eastern Devin Hemmerich Sr. Norfolk State 1.74 1.3 10.2 34
Missouri Valley Jake Fromson Jr. Missouri State  2.01 1.72 10.9 41
Mountain West Mark Nowaczewski Jr. Nevada 3.61 3.1 5.1 61
Northeast Danny Marsh Sr. Wagner 1.50 4.2 7.8 26
Ohio Valley Aaron Leasher Jr. Morehead State 4.22 3.1 10.1 47
Pacific-12 Luke Heimlich Jr. Oregon State 0.76 1.9 10.1 20
Patriot Levi Stoudt* Fr. Lehigh  2.33 3.2 6.6 45
Southeastern Clarke Schmidt Jr. South Carolina 1.34 2.7 10.4 37
Southern Will Gaddis Jr. Furman 1.92 1.4 7.8 35
Southland Heath Donica Sr. Sam Houston State 1.82 2.1 8.7 41
Southwestern Austin Bizzle Sr. Alabama State 1.80 2.3 9.4 30
Summit Josh McMinn So. Oral Roberts 1.91 2.5 7.4 39
Sun Belt Andrew Crane Jr. Troy  0.93 2.0 8.8 20
West Coast Cory Abbott Jr. Loyola Marymount  1.60 2.3 11.0 33
Western Athletic Kyle Bradish* So. New Mexico State 2.85 5.1 9.3 46
* Not draft eligible. The top draft-eligible performers for these conferences are as follows:
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Chicago Cubs 2018 MLB Draft Grades

Nico Hoerner and Cole Roederer show advanced hit tools, plus a look at other standout Cubs picks.

Atlantic Sun: Kutter Crawford, Florida Gulf Coast, Jr., 40 Big 12: Jared Janczak, Texas Christian, So., 50 Big East: Jeff Schank, Butler, Sr., 55 Big South: Zack Ridgley, Radford, Jr., 59 Colonial: Nate Borges, Northeastern, Sr., 60 Horizon: Jake Dahlberg, Illinois-Chicago, Sr., 48 Mid-American: B.J. Butler, Ball State, Sr., 51 Patriot: Connor Von Hoose, Bucknell, Jr., 46 Western Athletic: A.J. Franks, Grand Canyon, Sr., 49

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