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Arkansas Baseball Notebook

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Arkansas Baseball Notebook

Poché Ranked 52nd-best Player in College Baseball
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas sophomore left-handed pitcher Colin Poché has been ranked as the 52nd-best player in college baseball by College Baseball Daily. College Baseball Daily is ranking the top 100 players in college baseball leading up to the start of the 2014 college baseball season. Poché is the first Razorback to player to appear on this year’s list. A native of Flower Mound, Texas, Poché appeared in eight games, including five as a starter, during his freshman season. The southpaw finished the season with a 3-0 record and a 1.37 ERA. Poché struck out 23 batters in 19.2 innings, while holding opponents to a .176 batting average. Poché spent the summer of 2013 playing in the Northwoods League with the Willmar Stingers where he was ranked the No. 1 prospect in the league by Baseball America and Perfect Game. Poché pitched in 13 games with the Stingers and compiled a 6-2 record with a 2.26 ERA. Poché struck out a team-high 59 batters and allowed just 16 walks in 51.2 innings pitched.
Three Razorbacks Ranked Among Top 100 College Prospects By Baseball America
FAYETTEVILLE — Three members of the Arkansas baseball team have been ranked among Baseball America’s top 100 college prospects for the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. Junior right-handed pitcher Chris Oliver was ranked as the 27th-best prospect, junior infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson was tabbed as the 32nd-best prospect, while junior left-handed pitcher Jalen Beeks was named the 73rd-best prospect. Arkansas’ three players on the top 100 college prospects list were tied for the fourth most in the nation. Oliver appeared in 14 games, 13 in relief, as a sophomore and had a 2-2 record with a 2.25 ERA. A native of Farmington, Ark., Oliver averaged more than a strikeout an inning, fanning 21 batters in 20 innings, and held opposing hitters to a .197 batting average, allowing 14 hits in 20 innings. In SEC games only, Oliver had a 0-1 record with a 1.59 ERA in seven games. Through his first two seasons as a Razorback, Oliver has compiled a 3-2 record with a 2.97 ERA in 25 appearances, with 23 of those out of the bullpen. A native of Edmond, Okla., Anderson earned second-team All-SEC honors as a sophomore. Anderson finished the season with a team-best .325 batting average and hit a team-high tying four home runs with 36 RBI. Anderson also led the team in runs scored (47), hits (68), doubles (12), triples (5), total bases (102), slugging percentage (.488), walks (41) and on-base percentage (.448). In conference play, Anderson hit .371 with three homers and 16 RBI. In league games only, Anderson ranked second in the conference in on-base percentage (.472), tied for third in slugging percentage (.581) and fourth in batting average. Anderson has a career batting average of .310 with six homers and 47 RBI in 106 games played, including 92 career starts. Beeks appeared in a team-high 29 games, all in relief, in his first season as a Razorback in 2013. The Prairie Grove, Ark., native posted a 6-2 record with two saves and a 2.20 ERA. Beeks allowed less than a hit per inning, giving up 33 hits in 41 innings. Beeks ranked tied for 15th in the SEC in wins and tied for 12th in appearances. In conference games, Beeks compiled a 3-1 record with a 1.83 ERA and held opponents to a .156 batting average. Arkansas will start preseason practice on Jan. 24. The Razorbacks open the 2014 season on Friday, Feb. 14, at 3:05 p.m. against Appalachian State. The season opener vs. Appalachian State is one of 35 home games at Baum Stadium during the 2014 season. For information on Arkansas baseball tickets, please contact the Razorback Ticket Office at 1-800-982-HOGS (4647). For more information on Arkansas baseball, follow @RazorbackBSB on Twitter.



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