DeLeo named ACC Player of the Week; college alums continue to shine

April 3, 2023

Jake DeLeo opened some eyes at the 2019 International Week event, reaching base six times in three games. He hasn’t looked back since. The Georgia Tech junior was named the ACC Player of the Week after his big series against Clemson from March 24-26; according to a team press release, DeLeo helped lead the Yellow Jackets to a series win over the Tigers, hitting .500 on the weekend with six hits, three doubles and two home runs for three RBI. He slugged 1.250 with a .600 on-base percentage versus the Tigers and struck out just once on the weekend while drawing three walks. For the week, the Norwalk, Conn. native hit .444 with three home runs and seven total extra-base hits.

DeLeo kept it going the following week as well, driving in four runs on Sunday in a loss to Boston College, including a three-run home run to extend his career high to ten on the season.

This weekly alum update could be about Dylan Crews every time, really. The likely first overall pick in the upcoming 2023 MLB Draft is always giving people something to talk about, and this past weekend was no different. A teammate of DeLeo’s at that 2019 International Week event, Crews capped off taking two out of three games against Tennessee this week with a 4-for-4 performance that upped his average to .543 this season, incredible considering LSU is now two weeks deep into SEC play. Crews also drove in three runs, marking his 13th multi-RBI game on the year.

With most eyes on Crews, it’s easy to get overlooked at LSU. Their roster has no shortage of FSS alums, including Nic Bronzini, Ethan Frey, and Gavin Guidry, but it’s Josh Pearson who’s continuing to make waves. A two-time participant at International Week/The Main Event who holds a share of the record with having reached base ten times over his two appearances, Pearson has maintained the momentum from a dazzling freshman year, and continues to earn playing time in 2023. He saw a six-game hitting streak snapped on the first game of a doubleheader on March 25, but rebounded nicely with two hits in the finale, as well as an RBI double in their game against Tennessee on Friday.

Tommy Troy missed two weeks of his junior season at Stanford with a foot injury, but has picked up right where he left off with some huge showings to further bolster an already high draft stock. Troy has multi-hit games in six of his last seven contests, including a huge weekend at Oklahoma, where he went 7-for-10 in his last two contests with a solo homer and three total RBI. A consensus first-rounder, Troy is now hitting .413 on the year.

Chase Prestwich continues to force his way into these updates, proving you can get seen at any program, regardless of its size. The Northwestern State standout dazzled again on Sunday, getting his name back onto the first page of the NCAA leaderboard by racking up seven more strikeouts in four scoreless innings against New Orleans to give him a whopping 44 in just 32 2/3 innings pitched this year. A former Trombly Baseball standout, the stocky righty drew plenty of eyes at multiple FSS events, most notably the 2020 National Tournaments.

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