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2014 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 59. Mike Papi (Virginia)

MikePapiWe continue the countdown today with number 59, Virginia OF/1B Mike Papi. In his sophomore season with the Cavaliers, Papi worked his way into the lineup starting 47 of the 55 games he played in. The 6’3” outfielder was named the ACC’s 2013 batting champion with an impressive .381 average and also led the league in on-base percentage (.517) and finished second in slugging (.619). Papi was a threat at the plate, reaching base safely in 47 of the 55 games. The First Team All-American was also named to the All-ACC First Team and earned an invitation to compete for a spot on the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Continue reading 2014 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 59. Mike Papi (Virginia)

CBD Top 100 Countdown: 60. Kevin Newman (Arizona)

KevinNewmanWe continue the countdown today with number 60, Arizona SS Kevin Newman. In his freshman campaign with the Wildcats, Newman was named the starting shortstop and played in all 55 games in the 2013 schedule. The slick handed infielder finished an impressive rookie season with a .336 batting average which was good for 4th on the team and No. 11 in the PAC-12. Newman also collected 73 hits and 42 RBI which was good for 3rd in the Wildcats lineup. Defensively, Newman had an outstanding season as a rookie. He finished the 2013 season with a .975 fielding percentage and collected a team-leading 164 assists and helped the Wildcats turn 45 double plays. Additionally, Newman was the only freshman position player named to the PAC-12 All-Conference team. Continue reading CBD Top 100 Countdown: 60. Kevin Newman (Arizona)

2014 Top 100 Countdown: 61. Christin Stewart (Tennessee)

ChristinStewartWe continue the countdown today with number 61, Tennessee outfielder Christin Stewart. In his freshman campaign with the Vols, Stewart did not waste any time as he went 2-4 with three RBI and a homerun in his college debut against UNLV. The 6’0” outfielder played in 46 games in the 2013 season getting 43 starts in the outfield. In 145 AB, Stewart was able to post a .310 average while compiling 45 hits, 27 RBI and .414 OBP. Stewart signed with the Volunteers to add a spark to their lineup offensively and he didn’t disappoint. The rookie showed great poise on the diamond and quickly became an everyday outfielder at UT. Continue reading 2014 Top 100 Countdown: 61. Christin Stewart (Tennessee)

CBD Top 100 Countdown: 63. Sam Travis (Indiana)

Baseball, head shots, 09/12/12_Mike DickberndWe continue the countdown today with number 63, Indiana third baseman Sam Travis. In his sophomore campaign with the Hoosiers, Travis started all 65 games in a tough Big Ten schedule. During the 2013 season the 6’0” infielder batted an impressive .316 and ranked second in the Big Ten with 22 doubles, 57 RBI, 10 homeruns, 133 total bases and 39 walks. Travis earned a Second Team All-Big Ten selection and helped lead the Hoosiers to their first College World Series appearance in program history. Along the way the third baseman earned Most Outstanding Player awards at both the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Bloomington Regional. Continue reading CBD Top 100 Countdown: 63. Sam Travis (Indiana)

CBD Top 100 Countdown: 64. Kyle Overstreet (Alabama)

MBAWe continue the countdown today with number 64, Alabama infielder Kyle Overstreet. In his freshman campaign with the Crimson Tide, Overstreet started all 63 games at second base. The talented infielder finished the season with a .271 average with 37 RBI and 64 hits. Overstreet’s impressive play during the 2013 season earned him a handful of accolades including the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, SEC All-Freshman Team and the Tallahassee Regional All-Tournament Team. At second base, the 6’1” freshman turned 67 double plays which was a mark that led the SEC and ranked second all-time in Roll Tide single-season history. Continue reading CBD Top 100 Countdown: 64. Kyle Overstreet (Alabama)

CBD Top 100 Countdown: 66. Ashton Perritt (Liberty)

AshtonPerrittWe continue the countdown today with number 66, Liberty RHP/OF Ashton Perritt. In his sophomore campaign with the Flames, Perritt was able to post impressive numbers both at the plate and on the mound. In the batter’s box the right-hander had 172 at bats and in that time batted to a .343 average. The talented outfielder appeared in 40 games and collected 59 hits with 6 homeruns and 17 RBI. On the mound, Perritt was equally as impressive posting a 3-2 record with a 2.09 ERA. In 22 appearances, Perritt had 38.2 IP with 37 strikeouts and 10 saves which ranks second on Liberty’s all-time single season save list. Continue reading CBD Top 100 Countdown: 66. Ashton Perritt (Liberty)

CBD Top 100 Countdown: 68. Dylan Davis (Oregon State)

DylanDavisWe continue the countdown today with number 68, Oregon State RHP/outfielder Dylan Davis. In His sophomore campaign with the Beavers, Davis continued to prove that his freshman season was no fluke. An All-Pac-12 First Team selection, the Beaver outfielder played in 63 games during the 2013 season, starting in 62 of them. The 6’0” sophomore led the team with a .335 average and his 22 doubles, 61 RBI and 86 hits were good enough for first in the Pac-12. The talented two-way player was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Corvallis Regional. Continue reading CBD Top 100 Countdown: 68. Dylan Davis (Oregon State)

CBD Top 100 Countdown: 69. Jameson Fisher (SE Louisiana)

Fisher_JamesonWe continue the countdown today with number 69, SE Louisiana catcher/infielder Jameson Fisher. In his freshman campaign with Lions, Fisher quickly collected a handful of accolades, proving that he would be a prospect to watch. The freshman infielder started all 60 games in the 2013 season and was able to put up some pretty impressive numbers in the process. His .315 average led the team and his 69 hits were also good for the top spot amongst the Lion’s lineup. Fisher was named to the Southland Conference Honor Roll as well as the NCBWA Freshman All-American list (C). The 6’2” infielder also added Southland Conference All-Tournament team (1B) and an All-Southland Conference honorable mention to his list of accomplishments. Continue reading CBD Top 100 Countdown: 69. Jameson Fisher (SE Louisiana)

CBD Top 100 Countdown: 70. Dylan Hecht (UC Santa Barbara)

DylanHechtWe continue the countdown today with number 70, UC Santa Barbara RHP Dylan Hecht. In his freshman campaign with the Gaucho’s, Hecht worked his way through a very talented bullpen to become the go to guy in the ninth. In 34.1 innings, the right-hander finished the season with a 1.83 ERA and nine saves. His seven saves in conference play led the Big West and his 15 appearances were good for second. The 6’1” freshman also led the Gaucho’s staff with hits/9 innings (4.98), K’s/9 innings (11.8) and WHIP (.917). He was named a 2013 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and was chosen to the All-Big West second team. Continue reading CBD Top 100 Countdown: 70. Dylan Hecht (UC Santa Barbara)

CBD Top 100 Countdown: 71. Mitchell Aker (William and Mary)

MitchellAkerWe continue the countdown today with number 71, William & Mary RHP Mitchell Aker. In his freshman campaign with the Tribe, Aker made 24 relief appearances while compiling a 1-1 record and posting a 5.26 ERA. The right-hander worked in 25.2 innings in his first college season and racked up 19 strikeouts in the process. Aker also finished the Tribe season with 5 saves which was good for second on the staff. Continue reading CBD Top 100 Countdown: 71. Mitchell Aker (William and Mary)