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BSB: Perfect Game names Shortall and Thompson All-SBC

Junior starter Zach Thompson went 6-5 for UTA last season.
 
Junior starter Zach Thompson went 6-5 for UTA last season.
 

Feb. 3, 2014

By Taylor Wright | UTAMavs.com

ARLINGTON, Texas - UT Arlington senior Matt Shortall and junior Zach Thompson were chosen to the Sun Belt Preseason All-Conference team by Perfect Game. The Mavericks were picked to finish sixth in their first season in the league.

Shortall led the Western Athletic Conference regular-season champion Mavericks in several offensive categories last season. He hit .362, good for third in the WAC, and had 54 RBI. Shortall led the team with eight home runs. According to Perfect Game's Kendall Rogers, Shortall earned the preseason honor due to the veteran experience and consistent play he brings to the 2014 squad.

Thompson, a right-handed starting pitcher, got the all-conference nod due to his mid-90s fastball. Thompson went 6-5 last season in 17 appearances (12 starts) with a 5.33 ERA. Thompson was also named the top prospect in the Sun Belt by Rogers, who predicts Thompson will be taken in rounds 4-6 of the 2014 MLB Draft.

Jess Amedee, a junior right-handed pitcher from Fort Collins, Colo., was also named to the prospect list with a draft prediction of rounds 10- 15.

PERFECT GAME PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
Overall/conference won-loss records from 2013 indicated
* Projected conference automatic bid

No.

Team

W

L

W

L

1

La.-Lafayette*

19

11

43

20

2

Troy

20

10

42

20

3

Texas State

16

11

29

29

4

South Alabama

20

10

43

20

5

Georgia State

14

13

35

21

6

UT Arlington

18

9

31

27

7

Arkansas State

12

18

28

31

8

Western Kentucky

16

14

28

29

9

Arkansas-Little Rock

13

17

28

28

10

Louisiana-Monroe

7

23

18

36

PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Pos.

Name

Class

School

Stats/Notes

C

Michael Strentz

Jr.

La.-Lafayette

.311-7-45, good hitter, solid defensively, too

1B

Chase Compton

Sr.

La.-Lafayette

.265-5-32, major upside, should take step forward

2B

Jace Conrad

Jr.

La.-Lafayette

.286-4-36, very fluid defensively

3B

Tyler Girouard

Jr.

La.-Lafayette

.360-7-41, good pop in his bat, consistent

SS

Blake Trahan

So.

La.-Lafayette

.319-4-38, good hitter, very fluid defender

OF

Matt Shortall

Sr.

UT Arlington

.362-8-54, veteran experience, very consistent

OF

Caleb Adams

Jr.

La.-Lafayette

.339-16-55, big-time power, consistent hitter

OF

Seth Harrison

Jr.

La.-Lafayette

.338-9-45, good power, lots of extra-base hits

DH

Chad Prain

Sr.

Georgia State

.394-4-48, great hitter, very consistent career

UT

Matt Rose

So.

Georgia State

.283-4-32, 2.55 ERA, 35.1, 30K/17BB

SP

Austin Robichaux

Jr.

La.-Lafayette

3.05, 109.1, 88K/22BB, FB up to 94, loose arm

SP

Shane McCain

Sr.

Troy

3.48, 98.1, 105K/18BB, plus command

SP

Zach Thompson

Jr.

UT Arlington

5.33, 81 IP, 33K/26BB, mid-90s FB

RP

Ian Tompkins

Jr.

W. Kentucky

2.29, 35.1 IP, 59K/26BB, .143 OPP BA

Player of the year: Blake Trahan, ss, Louisiana-Lafayette
Pitcher of the year: Austin Robichaux, rhp, Louisiana-Lafayette
Top freshman: Reagan Bazar, rhp, Louisiana-Lafayette
Top newcomer: Carson Baranik, rhp, Louisiana-Lafayette

PROSPECT WATCH (Projected round drafted)
2014-Top 15
1 Zach Thompson, rhp, UT Arlington (Rounds 4-6)
2 Austin Robichaux, rhp, Louisiana-Lafayette (4-8)
3 Carson Baranik, rhp, Louisiana-Lafayette (6-10)
4 Michael Strentz, c, Louisiana-Lafayette (6-10)
5 Bradley Wallace, rhp, Arkansas State (8-12)
6 Jo-El Bennett, of, Troy (8-12)
7 Jess Amedee, rhp/3b, UT Arlington (10-15)
8 Greg Milhorn, rhp, Louisiana-Lafayette (10-15)
9 Alex Hermeling, rhp, Louisiana-Monroe (10-15)
10 Ian Tompkins, lhp, Western Kentucky (12-18)
11 Caden Bailey, 2b/ss, Georgia State (12-18)
12 Austen Williams, rhp, Texas State (12-18)
13 Trevin Hall, of/1b, Troy (15-20)
14 Chase Compton, 1b, Louisiana-Lafayette (15-20)
15 Garrett Mattlage, 2b/ss, Texas State (15-25)

2015-Top 5
1 Blake Trahan, ss, Louisiana-Lafayette (Rounds 2-3)
2 Matt Rose, 3b/rhp, Georgia State (6-10)
3 Lucas Humpal, rhp, Texas State (8-12)
4 Josh Leone, rhp, Louisiana-Monroe (8-15)
5 Nick Thurman, c, Louisiana-Lafayette (10-15)

2016-Top 3
1 Reagan Bazar, rhp, Louisiana-Lafayette (Rounds 2-3)
2 Lee Gibson, ss, Troy (4-8)
3 Jesse Nelson, rhp, Troy (6-10)


 

 

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