Patrick Ochs

What would an All-Coast college baseball lineup look like? Here’s my best guess.

Daniel Keating of Southern Miss takes a swing at a Mississippi State pitch during Hattiesburg Regional Tournament, Monday, June 5, 2017.
Daniel Keating of Southern Miss takes a swing at a Mississippi State pitch during Hattiesburg Regional Tournament, Monday, June 5, 2017. ttisbell@sunherald.com file

South Mississippi has sent plenty of standout baseball players on to the next level. While many of the Coast’s stars are already playing professionally, there are still plenty filling up lineups at the college level.

So here’s the game: What’s the best playable lineup look like with only Coast products? The only rule is each selection must currently be at a four-year school.

Here’s my best guess at what an All-Coast college baseball lineup — one through nine plus three weekend starters, two midweek starters, two ace relievers and head coach — would look like for the 2018 season. Stats from 2017 are included.

C Beau Bratton - New Orleans

AVG/OBP/SLG

HR

RBI

SB

2017: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (NJCAA)

.301/.430/.589

5

19

0

The St. Patrick product had a big freshman season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in 2017, parlaying the power surge into a spot with the New Orleans Privateers.

1B Brandon Barna - Alcorn State

AVG/OBP/SLG

HR

RBI

SB

2017: Alcorn State (NCAA)

.314/.364/.394

2

12

2

The former Harrison Central Red Rebel proved to be a reliable bat in the Alcorn State lineup as a sophomore.

2B Champ Davison - Nicholls State

AVG/OBP/SLG

HR

RBI

SB

2017: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (NJCAA)

.374/.456/.470

0

17

11

The rising junior and former Pascagoula Panther is slated to play in the outfield at Nicholls State after playing up the middle in Perkinston.

3B Tanner Huddleston - La. Tech

AVG/OBP/SLG

HR

RBI

SB

2017: Jones County Junior College (NJCAA)

.379/.462/.574

4

46

10

Huddleston was a big-time bat for Jones County Junior College, especially in 2016 when he helped lead the Bobcats to the NJCAA National Championship. In two seasons at JCJC, the versatile Huddleston hit .392 with 12 homers and 91 RBIs.

SS Marcus Buckley - William Carey

AVG/OBP/SLG

HR

RBI

SB

2017: Bishop State C.C. (NJCAA)

.402/.500/.523

1

26

12

After playing as a freshman at MGCCC, the former Ocean Springs Greyhound transferred to Bishop State C.C. in Alabama, where he led the Wildcats’ batters. He’s set to play this year at nationally ranked William Carey.

LF Jonathan Artigues - Tulane

AVG/OBP/SLG

HR

RBI

SB

2017: Tulane (NCAA)

.200/.304.250

0

0

0

The former state champion at St. Stanislaus has been a bit of a Swiss Army Knife for the Green Wave. The redshirt sophomore was a middle infielder and pitcher at SSC but played in the outfield and as a catcher last year for Tulane.

CF Dylan Hardy - South Alabama

AVG/OBP/SLG

HR

RBI

SB

2017: South Alabama (NCAA)

.363/.424/.498

5

39

18

The D’Iberville Warrior really had a breakout campaign as a sophomore in 2017. During the Hattiesburg Regional, USA coach Mark Calvi called Hardy “one of the most dangerous leadoff hitters in the country right now.”

RF Trey Shaffer - Southeastern Louisiana

AVG/OBP/SLG

HR

RBI

SB

2017: Biloxi (HS)

.380/.482/.641

4

31

13

The Southeastern Louisiana freshman had an unreal farewell season at BHS last year as a true two-way threat. He hit .380 with 14 extra-base hits, 13 stolen bases and 31 RBIs and also boasted an 8-1 mark on the mound with a 1.20 ERA and 106 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings. For his performance, Shaffer was named Mississippi’s Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year. He’s expected to get a chance to pitch and play in the field for SELA as a freshman.

DH Daniel Keating - Southern Miss

AVG/OBP/SLG

HR

RBI

SB

2017: Southern Miss (NCAA)

.261/.368/.522

11

31

11

The former Gulfport Admiral continues to be a reliable bat in the lineup for the Golden Eagles. The rising senior saw his home run total surge to 11 as a junior. He was the Conference USA Tournament MVP the year before as a sophomore.

SP Konnor Pilkington - Miss. State

W-L

ERA

K-BB

IP

2017: Mississippi State (NCAA)

8-5

3.08

111-47

108

The pride of Hurley, Pilkington more than embraced MSU’s ace role as a sophomore. The East Central Hornets’ southpaw performance landed him a spot on Team USA this summer and set him up to be a first round draft pick in this June’s MLB draft.

SP Greer Holston - Ole Miss

W-L

ERA

K-BB

IP

2017: Ole Miss (NCAA)

2-3

5.27

55-22

54 2/3

The St. Stanislaus Rockachaw was a reliable mid-week starter for the Rebels as a freshman. Holston could see a similar role in 2018.

SP Andrew Crane - Troy

W-L

ERA

K-BB

IP

2017: Troy (NCAA)

6-2

1.47

60-16

61 1/3

The former Pascagoula Panther and East Mississippi transfer redshirted in 2016 and was next to unhittable as a junior last year. The 6-foot-5 right-hander was named Sun Belt Newcomer of the Year and set a Troy record with 40 consecutive scoreless innings. His 1.47 ERA was fourth-best nationally, while his 0.96 WHIP was 22nd in the country.

SP Logan Robbins - La. Tech

W-L

ERA

K-BB

IP

2017: Jones County Junior College (NJCAA)

12-0

2.29

88-18

66 2/3

The southpaw has continued to improve since coming back from Tommy John surgery. In two years at JCJC, the former GCHS Rebel was a combined 18-0 and saw his numbers jump up as a sophomore last year. Along with four other JCJC teammates, Robbins will be a junior at Louisiana Tech this season.

SP Alex Nelms - Southern Miss

W-L

ERA

K-BB

IP

2017: Southern Miss (NCAA)

1-0

5.30

15-5

18 2/3

The Gulfport native has set himself up to be in contention for weekend starter spot in 2018 after appearing in 13 games as a true freshman last season.

SU Ben Stiglets - La. Tech

W-L

ERA

K-BB

IP

2017: Jones County Junior College (NJCAA)

11-0

1.59

49-9

79

Wins aren’t everything as a statistical category, but it’s hard to ignore the former Gulfport Admiral’s stat line. In two years at JCJC, the Louisiana Tech junior was an impressive 21-0. He struck out 59 as a freshman and another 49 last year, earning NJCAA Division II All-America honors.

CL Garrett Crochet - Tennessee

W-L

ERA

K-BB

IP

2017: Ocean Springs (HS)

6-4

1.48

76-14

61 1/3

One of two freshmen to make the list, the incoming Tennessee Volunteer saw his prospect profile shoot up draft boards this past year. Originally a JCJC signee, the left-hander’s velocity jumped into the lower 90s following his senior season. The ensuing month was one to remember as Texas, Texas Tech, Tennessee and other schools pushed to get his signature. Crochet also was shocked when the Milwaukee Brewers drafted him in the 34th round of June’s draft. In the end, he opted instead to sign with the Volunteers.

HC Matt Riser - Southeastern Louisiana

2017 record

Southeastern Louisiana (NCAA)

37-22

The Picayune native and former Pearl River Community College standout has built Southeastern Louisiana into a consistent contender in the Southland Conference and NCAA Tournament team. Riser has led the Lions to three NCAA Tournament berths in four years, plus a pair of Southland Conference titles. Riser has claimed 157 wins in four years and boasts a .649 winning percentage.

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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