College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2014 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 27 on our countdown is junior RHP Brett Graves from Missouri. The St. Charles, Missouri native attended Francis Howell High School where he was a three time all-state selection. As a senior, he was named First Team Louisville Slugger All-American and All-Metro Player of the Year in St. Louis after going 9-1 with a 1.95 ERA and 70 strikeouts. At the plate, he hit .441 with six home runs and 35 RBI as the Vikings leadoff hitter. He was selected in the 26th round by the hometown St. Louis Cardinals but decided to head to Missouri.
As a freshman, he started 10 games and appeared in 18 compiling a 6.32 ERA in 47.0 innings pitched while striking out 28 batters.
His sophomore season in 2013 saw him become a weekend starter. He finished the season with a 2-5 record in 14 appearances (13 starts) compiling a 3.80 ERA in 71.0 innings pitched. He ended the season strongly with a a 2-0 record and an ERA of 1.37 in 26.1 innings over his final five starts.
Graves spent the summer of 2013 in the NECBL with the Newport Gulls were he made nine appearances (eight starts) with a 6-0 record, 1.43 ERA, and striking out 51 batters in 50.1 innings.
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