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Yesterday, Mizzou ace Aaron Crow threw his 3rd complete game shutout of the season to bring his consecutive scoreless innings to 44 2/3. Amazing! In 9 innings he scattered 8 hits and struck out 7 with 0 walks. He only needed 106 pitches.

Brian Matusz did his best to keep up as he played the role of stopper for USD, winning his 6th game of the year and breaking a Toreros 3 game losing streak. He gave up two unearned runs over 7 innings with 6 hits allowed, 3 walks and 8 strikeouts.

These two are really fighting it out to be the top drafted pitcher in June. Matusz has the advantage in his being left handed, but Crow has the better numbers - intriguing to say the least. Below are their season stats to date.

Player          ERA   W-L   APP  GS  CG SHO/CBO SV    IP   H   R  ER  BB  SOCrow, Aaron....0.69   7-0     7   7   3   3/1    0  52.0  36   4   4  11  67
Player         ERA   W-L   APP  GS  CG SHO/CBO SV    IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  2B  3B  HR   AB B/AvgMatusz, Brian 1.57   6-1     8   7   2   2/0    0  51.2  39  12   9  15  71   4   1   2  192  .203
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Yesterday, Mizzou ace Aaron Crow threw his 3rd complete game shutout of the season to bring his consecutive scoreless innings to 44 2/3. Amazing! In 9 innings he scattered 8 hits and struck out 7 with 0 walks. He only needed 106 pitches.

Brian Matusz did his best to keep up as he played the role of stopper for USD, winning his 6th game of the year and breaking a Toreros 3 game losing streak. He gave up two unearned runs over 7 innings with 6 hits allowed, 3 walks and 8 strikeouts.

These two are really fighting it out to be the top drafted pitcher in June. Matusz has the advantage in his being left handed, but Crow has the better numbers - intriguing to say the least. Below are their season stats to date.

Player          ERA   W-L   APP  GS  CG SHO/CBO SV    IP   H   R  ER  BB  SOCrow, Aaron....0.69   7-0     7   7   3   3/1    0  52.0  36   4   4  11  67
Player         ERA   W-L   APP  GS  CG SHO/CBO SV    IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  2B  3B  HR   AB B/AvgMatusz, Brian 1.57   6-1     8   7   2   2/0    0  51.2  39  12   9  15  71   4   1   2  192  .203

Very impressive by these 2 again. I would not be suprised at all if they are both taken in the top 3.

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Good. Leave us Alvarez or Beckham.

It'll be nice if they keep it up. I'd be thrilled with any of 'em. Alvarez and Backham are intriguing but an advanced college pitcher with top of the rotation stuff... That would be hard to turn down.

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Crow has been dazzling. A poster here put up a video and scouting report of Crow that shows a hitch in his delivery that may, or may not indicate future arm/elbow problems. Is this a legit concern? I haven't heard of this problem before this poster mentioned it.

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Crow has been dazzling. A poster here put up a video and scouting report of Crow that shows a hitch in his delivery that may, or may not indicate future arm/elbow problems. Is this a legit concern? I haven't heard of this problem before this poster mentioned it.

Yeah, he tends to wrap his wrist a little bit when his hands break, as opposed to staying loose and relaxed. I'm not sure how much that should influence things. It's also pretty much the only thing "wrong" with his mechanics. He does everything else so well that this feels a little nitpicky, IMO. But there is already some effort in his delivery, and if this is a problem I guess it should be taken into consideration, but I don't know if it should really change much. We'll find out for sure what the paid baseball people think when the draft happens. If he lasts past the first handfull of picks, this mechanical thing or signability will the only possible answers and there's no reason right now to think that he'll have signability issues.

You never know what can happen. Mark Prior was praised for having perfect mechanics, but we all know how he turned out.

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do you take one of these guys over a Smoak or Hosmer?

It's a tough tough call... what I think those actually drafting will do - definitely. What I would do - still yes, but it's so close. If you asked me again next week I could have a different answer.

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Yeah, he tends to wrap his wrist a little bit when his hands break, as opposed to staying loose and relaxed. I'm not sure how much that should influence things. It's also pretty much the only thing "wrong" with his mechanics. He does everything else so well that this feels a little nitpicky, IMO. But there is already some effort in his delivery, and if this is a problem I guess it should be taken into consideration, but I don't know if it should really change much. We'll find out for sure what the paid baseball people think when the draft happens. If he lasts past the first handfull of picks, this mechanical thing or signability will the only possible answers and there's no reason right now to think that he'll have signability issues.

You never know what can happen. Mark Prior was praised for having perfect mechanics, but we all know how he turned out.

Professional team scouts are already looking at him through a microscope, as he is a highly touted draft prospect (possibly the college's best pitcher in this draft). I'd assume that we would have heard from several scouting publications point out his potential mechanical flaw if it was going to be a problem in the future. But like the guy who brought this to our attention, he didn't think many other people had caught on to this.

Maybe it is a future problem--maybe it won't be. I just hope that if we draft him, we get the standout pitcher who has no arm problems.

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my guess is that if these guys both keeping producing like this, they may honestly be gone before we pick anyways. with other teams focusing on gathering cheap pitching, and us having recently stockloaded it, we'll still go bat with a great opportunity to choose between Alvarez, Beckham, Smoak and Hosmer - that's really a great scenario if you think about it.

bigger question - when is this DRAFT!!!!! :D

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my guess is that if these guys both keeping producing like this, they may honestly be gone before we pick anyways. with other teams focusing on gathering cheap pitching, and us having recently stockloaded it, we'll still go bat with a great opportunity to choose between Alvarez, Beckham, Smoak and Hosmer - that's really a great scenario if you think about it.

bigger question - when is this DRAFT!!!!! :D

Check out draft info (order and dates) here

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