CSTV Editor Doug Kroll checks in with his weekly article on the top college baseball players. The position in which he focuses on this week is the closer. He lists Cole St. Clair of Rice in the top spot. He has struggled throughout his career with the Owls as he tends to be injured every season. St. Clair had a strong summer with Team USA and should be an impact player during the 2008 campaign. Daniel Edwards of Kansas State is in the second spot with Eryk McConnell coming in in the third spot. Both players had strong 2007 seasons with 11 saves a piece while each was tied for second place in their respective conferences. Kroll also discusses switch-pitcher Pat Venditte of Creighton and Justin Jarvis of Arizona State round out the top five. Venditte is more then just a great story as he is a respectable pitcher with a 1.88 ERA in 38 appearances including a 43.2 inning scoreless streak. Jarvis came on late in the 2007 season due to NCAA clearinghouse issues but recorded 11 saves to bring the Sun Devils to Omaha.
Doug Kroll lists Jake Hale of Ohio State, Jordan Flasher of George Mason, Rob Wooten of UNC, A.J. Griffin of San Diego, Robbie Elsemiller of Stetson, Joshua Fields of Georgia, Jeff Lockwood of Tennessee, and Bryan Shaw of Long Beach State as players that deserve to be watched during the 2008 season.