NCAA baseball: The 7 college players most likely to take you deep
With the days counting down until the college baseball world turns its eyes to Omaha for the College World Series, let's take a look at the guys most likely to go yard. Here are the players who currently lead Division I baseball in home runs:
Seth Beer | Clemson | Fr. | 14 Home Runs
Beer is hitting .425 in his freshman season with 39 RBIs and those 14 homers. In fact, Beer is leading the NCAA in home runs per game. He's one of the most exciting players in college baseball, as you'll see in that highlight reel above.
Jake Burger | Missouri St. | So. | 14 Home Runs
Jake Burger's batting average (.385) may not raise eyebrows when compared to his fellow underclassman, Beer. But the Missouri State sophomore is driving in more runs than Beer (46 RBIs) and has more base hits (52 to 45).
Heath Quinn | Samford | Jr. | 14 Home Runs
The junior outfielder is the only upperclassman to match the young guns in the HR column. Though he trails Beer and Burger in BA (.349), his 47 RBIs show he's every bit an offensive threat.
Spencer Johnson | Missouri St. | Sr. | 13 Home Runs
Johnson and teammate Jake Burger are both offensive stars, each with a .748 slugging percentage and 46 RBIs. Johnson is trailing the underclassman in home runs despite drawing even everywhere else. This kind of friendly dugout competition can only be positive, however, spurring both the young gun and the wily veteran to produce at the plate.
Kyle Lewis | Mercer | Jr. | 13 Home Runs
Lewis has the best batting average (.430) among the home run leaders and is tied with Burger for most hits (52). He is second only to Beer in slugging (.843) and is tied with Quinn for most RBIs (47). The junior outfielder seems to be the most well-rounded of the HR club.
Kyle Nowlin | Eastern Kentucky | Sr. | 13 Home Runs
If Kyle Lewis is the best all-around hitter among the home run leaders, then Kyle Nowlin may be the most pure home-run threat. Nowlin is ranked 47th in the NCAA in slugging percentage, tied for 5th in HR per game and tied for 41st in RBI. But, the man can hit a homer.
Darick Hall | Dallas Baptist | Jr. | 12 Home Runs
Like Nowlin, Hall is a home-run specialist. The junior pitcher is eighth in the NCAA in HRs per game and seventh on the NCAA's home run leaders list.