Future Stars Series college baseball alumni update

March 13, 2023

Dylan Crews has somehow continued his torrid start to a year that may very well culminate in him being selected with the first overall pick in the MLB Draft.

The LSU junior homered in back-to-back games against Samford this past weekend, upping his season average to a stunning .510 thus far in his first 16 games. He remains perfect in center with a 1.000 fielding percentage and has also yet to be caught on the basepaths this season, stealing on each of his first two attempts this season.

Blake Burke continues to be one of the faces of the NCAA’s significant uptick in home runs this season. He homered again on Saturday night, his seventh of the season, in a win over Morehead State, capping off a big 3-for-4 performance in the process.

A true two-way talent, Braden Montgomery has done nothing to hurt his stock as one of the most anticipated players in the 2024 MLB Draft Class. Having already racked up nine strikeouts in seven frames on the bump, Montgomery has continued to do the most damage at the plate; the Stanford star has eight games with two or more hits already this season, and has drawn walks in all but three of his first 15 contests.

Chase Prestwich has been outstanding thus far in his sophomore season at Northwestern State University; the Trombly alum has allowed just 12 baserunners in his first 18 innings of work, including just one walk compared to 21 strikeouts. He authored his best outing of the season to date on Wednesday, going seven innings while allowing only one run, picking up the win against The University of Louisiana-Monroe.

Having transferred from the University of Florida, Mac Guscette has fit in well at Alabama as their everyday catcher. The junior has racked up four multi-hit games en route to hitting .412 to start the season, but has really found his power stroke early this year as well, smacking five home runs in just 34 at-bats.

Daylan Pena hit another no-doubter for Texas State this past weekend, hitting a long homer to left field as part of their series sweep over North Dakota State. He’s now up to five on the season, as well as 20 RBI in just 15 games in his sophomore season.

A redshirt junior who transferred from TCU, Porter Brown, who authored the first walk-off in International Week/Main Event history back in 2017, is now on a four-game hitting streak in his first season at The University of Texas, and has at least one knock in six of his last seven. Brown recorded his first two-double game of the year in the Longhorns win on Sunday over Manhattan.

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