Burke Continues Torrid homer pace for Vols; Hill, Minnick make big contributions

April 17, 2023

Blake Burke sent two more balls into orbit this week, making it 13 on the season for the Tennessee Volunteers sophomore sensation, who will likely draw plenty of eyes as a potential early-round selection in the 2024 MLB Draft. Burke, who was given a 60 grade for future power the last time Future Stars Series scouts saw him, may already have reached that mark; he went deep in a win against Eastern Kentucky on April 11, and followed it up four days later with another homer against Arkansas.

Luke Hill, Arizona State

Luke Hill makes this list again, as the Arizona State infielder is putting together one of the finer freshman campaigns in the country. The 24th ranked Sun Devils won a slugfest against Grand Canyon on Tuesday, thanks in large part to Hill’s efforts; he smashed a three-run shot in the eighth inning that helped turn a 9-2 deficit into a 13-10 win.

Tyler Minnick, Georgia Tech

Another first-year player at the NCAA level making waves, Georgia Tech’s Tyler Minnick turned in one of the best games of his collegiate career on Sunday, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and a solo homer in the Yellow Jackets game against Virginia Tech.

Orlando Pena, Coastal Carolina

The 2020 International Week alum hit his first collegiate homer on Saturday at Old Dominion, sending a solo shot over the wall to help his No. 17 ranked team to a blowout 15-2 win.

Looking Back at 2019 International Week Alums

Dylan Crews, Tommy Troy and Jake DeLeo are each in top 50 in batting average in the country, with Crews leading the charge at a still-stunning .495 clip. What do those three have in common? All three played for the National Team at Fenway Park during the International Week in 2019.

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