Brooks stays hot with the bat, Crews named SEC Player of the Week

There might not be a player in college baseball swinging a hotter bat right now than Michael Brooks.

His stats do the majority of the talking; he has multi-hit games in seven of his last nine contests, has four home runs over the last two weeks, and also drawn seven walks over that time, effectively serving as an on-base machine. Eligible for the 2023 MLB Draft, the UCF transfer has put together the best year of his collegiate career, on pace for a career high with a .303 batting average, and has already established new bests in extra-base hits (17) as he approaches his 100th career NCAA game.

Dylan Crews, OF — LSU

Another player for which there’s little left to actually say, Crews added another SEC Player of the Week trophy to his growing case. He’s also continuing to make his case to be the first overall pick in the upcoming Draft, which would make him the first-ever FSS alum to go 1/1.

Crews went 6-for-11 in a three-game sweep of Alabama this past week, hitting two home runs and driving in eight runs along the way.

Braden Montgomery, OF/RHP — Stanford

Nearly universally considered a top 20 pick in the 2024 MLB Draft, Montgomery, along with fellow FSS alum and projected 2023 first-rounder Tommy Troy, has kept scouts visiting Stanford very busy this season.

The sophomore continues to be a two-way player, but has shifted more and more towards the position player side as the season has gone on. At the plate, the 2020 International Week standout continues to shine, having delivered his tenth homer of the season in a 2-for-5 performance that helped his team get the win over Cal.

Chandler Tuupo, 1B — Charleston Southern

The power that Tuupo showed on his way to winning the first-ever FSS championship belt in the pre-tournament Home Run Derby certainly hasn’t gone anywhere. The freshman first baseman hit his sixth longball of the year against The Citadel on Tuesday, helping to improve his average to .263 on the season.

Sean Hard, RHP — Boston College

The transition to college baseball has been a difficult one at times for Hard, another alumni of the 2020 International Week event, but he’s shown signs recently of getting things turned around not far away from the shadow of Fenway Park.

Hard struck out the side for Boston College against UMass-Lowell on Wednesday, giving him 16 strikeouts in just 9 2/3 innings in his sophomore season.

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