Baseball America Releases Top 500 Prospects, Including Trio Of Oregon Ducks Pitchers


Several Oregon Ducks Pitchers made the list of Baseball America’s Top Prospects entering the 2016 MLB Draft.

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With the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft a week away, several members of the Oregon Ducks may have a new home next season. In his second season with the Oregon Ducks, Starter Matt Krook was shaky. He started the year strong, along with Cole Irvin and David Peterson and the first few weeks of the season had Oregon on the cusp of the Top 10 before things fell apart for the Sophomore.

Baseball America came out with the list of their Top 500 Prospects before the MLB Draft and Krook made the list at number 87. He is the highest ranked Duck on the list. Bleacher Report says that Krook is the Biggest Risk following his Sophomore season. He has shown a tenacity on the mound and at times he has let his emotions get the best of him. He was pulled from the Starting Rotation in the last month and relegated to the Bullpen, where he started to regain some confidence before the season ended with back to back losses against Stanford and without an NCAA Tournament bid.

Two other pitchers made the list from Baseball America. Both Cole Irvin and Stephen Nagosek came in at 195 and 164 respectively. Irvin also had his ups and down in 2016, but Nagosek was lights out in the Oregon Bullpen as the Ducks Closer in 2016. He was 2-2 with 16 saves and a 1.11 Earned Run Average.

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