baseball-d1 flag

Michella Chester | | May 5, 2023

Top college baseball home run hitters to watch down the stretch

College baseball roundtable: LSU has competition at the top

We have quite a few superstars on the college baseball scene this season — and a lot of them are power hitters. There are a lot of guys hitting the long ball this season, so creating a list of the top home run hitters to watch is challenging. Some are easy picks, of course, but we also wanted to take into consideration the caliber of pitching they are facing among other factors. 

Narrowing it down to just players on top 25 teams wouldn't do the trick either, since there are many teams in some of the strongest conferences that are not even ranked but have guys hitting homers off of the best pitchers in the nation. 

So here is our best shot at a list of the top home run hitters to watch down the stretch (stats through May 3): 

Jac Caglianone — Florida

Jac Caglione

Remember how I just mentioned some guys were easy picks? Well Florida's Jac Caglianone was obviously one of them. The guy is a phenom, in the batter's box and on the mound. Let's look just at his hitting statistics. He is hitting .364 with an NCAA-best 26 home runs. As a sophomore, I might add. That means he has hit a homer in more than half of his games played this season. He just tied the UF single-season HR record, so he is likely to break that soon. He is in the top four in the nation in slugging percentage (.866), in the top six in RBI and No. 1 overall in homers per game. Plus, the majority of his shots are tape-measure shots, no-doubters, bombs, you name it. Caglianone is quite the special player, and not to mention, he is doing this all in the SEC against some of the best pitchers in the nation. 

Hunter Hines — Mississippi State

Hunter Hines

Hunter Hines is yet another sophomore at the top of the home run this list, and another one doing it against SEC competition. Hines is tied for third in the NCAA in home runs with 21, and has impressively hit 12 of those during SEC play. 


Ethan Petry — South Carolina 

Ethan Petry South Carolina

Now for Ethan Petry, the freshman phenom over at South Carolina whose numbers don't only scream top home run hitter, but also National Player or Freshman of the Year. The numbers make you take a double-take, because he not only has 20 home runs on the season, but he is doing that while also hitting .412. D1Baseball's Aaron Fitt wrote this on the magnificent Petry after he hit a home run off elite LSU pitcher Paul Skenes. Petry turned around a 99 mph fastball out to left-center for a two-run homer that was the first Skenes had given up this season. Petry's composure and talent led Fitt to compare the freshmen standout to Kris Bryant: "Petry strikes that perfect balance of confidence, charisma and humility — and it all seems natural and genuine. He is quick to smile, thoughtful and articulate, friendly and easygoing, all traits that reminded me last week of former San Diego superstar Kris Bryant, another Golden Spikes Award winner," Fitt wrote. 

So yeah. Petry makes the list. 

Gavin Kash — Texas Tech

Gavin Kash

As we get further down the list, we somehow have another sophomore. Gavin Kash over at Texas Tech is another hitter with 20 homers on the season.  He is slashing .380 on the season, too. 

Brock Wilken — Wake Forest

Brock Wilken

Here is another guy in the 20-homer club. And even better, Brock Wilken is doing it for the No. 2 team in the nation. He has already broken the Wake Forest CAREER home run record (58) as a junior, and has been a huge part of this loaded offense this season. 

Charlie Condon — UGA

Charlie Condon baseball

Low and behold, our second freshman phenom on the list. It is crazy enough to get one freshman each year putting up numbers like Petry, but there is Charlie Condon too. And both are doing it in a tough conference against stellar arms. Condon is also hitting above .400 at .404 with 19 homers and 57 RBI. 

More HR hitters to watch: 

  • Kemp Alderman — Ole Miss
  • Jake Gelof — Virginia
  • Mac Horvath — UNC
  • Bryson Ware — Auburn
  • Matt Shaw — Maryland
  • Kris Armstrong — Jacksonville 
  • Cam Fisher — Charlotte

Indiana State's NCAA regional brings newfound excitement to Terre Haute, Indiana

Baseball fever has come to Terre Haute as Indiana State hosts its first-ever NCAA baseball regional.

Every 2023 college baseball regional, previewed

College baseball's regionals begin June 2 and run through June 5. Here's everything you need to know about each regional, including top players to watch, team breakdowns and more.

2023 NCAA baseball bracket: Men's College World Series scores, schedule

Here are the dates and schedule for the 2023 NCAA baseball regionals, super regionals and Men's College World Series.
Division I
Baseball Championship
June 16 - 26, 2023
Charles Schwab Field Omaha | Omaha, NE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from and our partners