College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 4 on our Top 100 Countdown is Arkansas’s Ryne Stanek. The 6’4 right-handed pitcher from Overland Park, Kansas was selected in the 3rd round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners.
As a freshman, Stanek made 15 appearances for the Razorbacks including 12 starts. He posted a record of 4-2 on the season with an ERA of 3.94 while holding opposition to a batting average of just .213. Following the 2011 season, Stanek spent his summer playing for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team as well as the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League.
During his sophomore season, Stanek started 17 games, as he finished the season with a record of 8-4 and an ERA of 2.82. In his 92.2 innings pitched, Stanek struck out 83 batters while holding opposition to a batting average of .229. He again played for Team USA following his sophomore year, where he was named the number 2 prospect of the team.
From a scouting perspective, Stanek is undoubtedly one of the top college arms in the 2013 draft class and he is expected to go early in the first round. He is even considered a potential first overall selection by some scouts. His repertoire consists of a fastball that touches 96 as well as a breaking ball,a slider and a changeup that sits between 85-87. With excellent command on the mound, not only is Stanek expected to be an early draft pick, but he is also one of the top players to watch for in 2013.