Now that the Super Regionals are over, the field for the 2023 College World Series is set, but not without some big performances by alumni of the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series powered by Program 15 Sports to help some of those teams get there.
Here are a few worth spotlighting…
Dylan Crews, LSU — June 11 vs. Kentucky, Game 2
Crews reached base five times in LSU’s 8-3 win to send them to the CWS, drawing a stunning four walks while driving in three runs. He’s 11-for-19 since the start of the Regionals on June 2 with two home runs and eight RBI over his team’s five consecutive wins.
Sabin Ceballos, Oregon — June 10 and June 11 vs. Oral Roberts, Games 2 and 3
Oregon ultimately didn’t end up advancing, but it certainly wasn’t because of Ceballos, who hit homers in back-to-back games in a stunning showing that capped off an impressive year. A standout at both the 2019 Main Event and 2021 Pre-Draft Combine, Ceballos had four hits and five RBI over those final contests.
Kurtis Byrne, TCU — June 9 vs. Indiana St., Game 1
A name that continues to move up draft boards, the TCU catcher helped his team to the Super Regionals sweep, delivering two hits that tied a team-high on the night, as well as an RBI.
Blake Burke, Tennessee — June 11 vs. Southern Miss, Game 2
Burke used his plus power in a big way yet again, sending massive longball a reported 479 feet off a church well beyond the outfield fence with an exit velocity of 114 MPH off the bat in Game 2 of the Vols’ win to even the series with Southern Miss, one they eventually ended up winning on Monday night.
Jack O’Dowd, Texas — June 12 vs. Stanford, Game 3
An alumni of the loaded Scorpions team that included Crews that blew through the 2019 National Tournaments, O’Dowd went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI in Texas’ crushing loss to Stanford in Game 3 of the Super Regionals. Teammate Porter Brown, an alum of the 2017 International Week event, also had four hits in the series.
Braden Montgomery, Stanford — June 12 vs. Texas, Game 3
With Tommy Troy generating much of the buzz on the team with the Draft approaching, it was 2024-eligible Montgomery who ended up delivering big during the series, producing three straight two-hit games, including driving in two critical runs in Stanford’s wild 7-6 win to advance to the College World Series on Monday night.
Colby Shelton, Alabama — June 10 and 11 vs. Wake Forest, Games 1 and 2
An attendee of the 2021 National Combine, take your pick on which Shelton performance you want to spotlight in Alabama’s two-game loss at the hands of Wake Forest. He homered in each one, but smashed two in the second game, which was complemented nicely by another FSS alum, Mac Guscette, also delivering a solo shot in the loss.
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