It's that time of year again in baseball. For 3 days, and 40 rounds, players from all over the country, from high school to college 1,200+ players will be drafted. As for the Southern California Trojans, even though it was a struggle this year....again. Still, the Trojans will have a handful of players drafted. So, with that, let's take a look at some of the USC players that will, more than likely, be drafted sometime in the 40 rounds.
Matt Foat, Senior, Infielder- Matt Foat is a 3 year starter, for his sophomore and junior years he was solid. But, nothing spectacular. This year, he has hit for an average of .339, scored 30 runs, and the real eye catching statistic, is he has drawn 25 walks, and has struck out 31 times. If you can walk just as much as you strike out, you are doing pretty good. The strikeouts are a bit high, but he has worked on it and it has gone down, compared to his sophomore year where he struck out 44 times. Matt Foat will probably be a high round pick, a third day pick, because there isn't too much upside, he'll be a leadoff hitter. Those tend to go high, and plus, this has been his only big year at college.
Adam Landecker, Junior, Infielder- Landecker, a 3 year starter, had a terrific junior year. Every year he has gotten better and better, but his junior year was very much a break out year. He hit .330 cut down on his strikeouts by half and nearly doubled his runs scored. Not only that, but his defense has been nearly flawless. A very good glove at the hot corner, and strong arm. Landecker, may go in the mid rounds, around the 20-25 rounds. And if he does, the question then becomes will he sign and go pro? Another big year, and he's looking at getting picked up in the higher rounds.
Kevin Roundtree, Senior, Catcher- Roundtree, a 3 year starter, struggled his senior year. He fell off the map only hitting .250, after hitting .309 his junior year. Last year, he was projected to be picked up in the 35th-40th round, and this year, probably be around the same. His meal ticket is his defense and leadership. If he is drafted, it will be because of that.
Alex Sherrod, Senior, Outfielder- Sherrod is the best overall player for the Trojans. He is a consistent, reliable hitter, with solid power, good speed, and a good arm. This year, he had a chance to be a top 5 round pick, but his senior year lacked just a bit compared to his sophomore and junior years. He'll probably, be projected in the 10-15th rounds. Sherrod has a good chance to eventually be in the MLB some day.
Andrew Triggs, Senior, Pitcher- Triggs is right there with Sherrod. Triggs is a talented pitcher and really has been the ace of the Trojans staff for the past 4 years you can say. His freshman year was a terrific one, and a lot of people thought he would become a great pitcher. He never really hit that potential, but he did improve year by year. His ERA has gone down every year, and in his junior and senior years he had 3 complete games. Always, consistently going deep into games. Triggs, probably has a better chance to make "The Show" being a pitcher and all. You can't have enough pitching.
Overall, these are the top 5 players to look for in the MLB draft, with 2 players that really have a chance to make it to the big leagues. Other players to look out for in the draft: Brandon Garcia, Garret Houts, and Ben Mount.