Texas State’s Daylan Pena shows huge power to lead college FSS alums

March 21, 2024

The last few rows of Daylan Pena’s game logs with Texas State reads like something you’d see in a video game.

One that’s set to easy mode.

That’s exactly how the New Balance Baseball Future Stars Series alum has been making it look lately, having been named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week that included a program-first two grand slams in one game.

Pena was always known for his power, even dating back to his time with the FSS, where he hit some long home runs with LB21 in the National Tournaments, and put on a show in batting practice prior to his time on the World Team at International Week in 2020.

One of Pena’s teammates at that year’s International Week event, Sergio Guerra, also went viral this past week, making a dazzling catch behind the plate for Tarleton State University. The junior catcher put together a three-game hitting streak earlier in the year as well, and reached base in his first five games with the club after transferring from Alvin Community College.

Past that? There were a lot of the usual suspects making waves on the college scene, starting with Michigan freshman Collin Priest, whose walk-off homer won the game for the Wolverines against San Diego on March 17. Used somewhat sparingly in his first collegiate season, the 2022 Main Event star — he memorably homered at Fenway Park — has already produced three multi-hit games at the NCAA level.

Then there’s Braden Montgomery, who continues to put himself in the conversation as the second potential FSS alum top-five MLB Draft pick after Dylan Crews went No. 2 overall last year. He’s hitting .372 with ten homers and 36 RBI in his first 21 games with Texas A&M following his Stanford transfer, and has gone deep in each of his last three games.

Louisville freshman catcher Zion Rose remains hot to start off his collegiate career as well; the 2022 Main Event standout is hitting .325 with two homers and eight RBI and already has four games with multiple hits on the year. Another signature event catcher, Kurtis Byrne, is finishing up his NCAA run at TCU strong; the 2018 International Week alum and redshirt senior has homers in back-to-back games and strung together three straight multi-hit games as he continues to remain on the radar of big league clubs.

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