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McKenna, Meyer Among Baseball America's Top 100 College Prospects

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Cal Poly outfielder Alex McKenna and catcher Nick Meyer, both juniors next spring, are included in Baseball America's Top 100 college prospects for the 2018 Major League Baseball draft.

McKenna (pictured at right) is listed No. 47 while Meyer (pictured below left) landed at No. 89. The Top 100 was compiled by Teddy Cahill and Carlos Collazo in consultation with scouts and evaluators from major league clubs.

In September, McKenna was listed No. 11 among eligible outfielders for the draft by D1Baseball.com while Meyer was the No. 8 selection among catchers.

The strength of the college class continues to be pitching and the top of the list is filled with high-end arms, according to Baseball America. Florida righthander Brady Singer tops the list, as he did going into the fall, and he remains the favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick in June. South Florida lefthander Shane McClanahan and Auburn righthander Casey Mize closely follow, and teams picking near the top of the draft will be closely evaluating the trio all spring.

Florida, Florida State, Kentucky and Oregon State lead all schools with four players each on the Top 100. In all, 60 colleges are represented. The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with 26 players on the list. The Atlantic Coast Conference and the Pac-12 Conference follow with 18 and 15 players, respectively.

McKenna (video), who earned the Cal Poly baseball team's Ozzie Smith Most Valuable Player Award for 2017, was Cal Poly's top hitter with a .360 average en route to a spot on the All-Big West Conference First Team.

He finished first in the Big?West in at-bats (236)?and plate appearances (264) and was second with his 85 hits, missing Cal Poly's all-time top 10 by one. McKenna also contributed 11 doubles, five home runs and 31 RBI, stole 13 of 19 bases and did not commit an error in 145 fielding chances.

McKenna led the team with 30 multiple-hit games, including a four-hit contest against Cal State Fullerton, and 10 multiple-RBI?games. Over his final 31 games this season, McKenna hit .396 (55-for-139) with 20 multiple-hit contests, elevating his batting average 51 points.

Drafted in the 38th round by the Minnesota Twins after his senior season at Alemany High School, McKenna played summer ball for Yarmouth-Dennis in the Cape Cod League last summer.

Meyer (video), the 2016 Big West Conference Freshman Field Player of the Year and a second-team All-Big West selection for the second straight year last season, earned the team's John Orton Gold Glove award for the second year in a row.

Meyer caught 18 would-be base stealers (second in the Big West) and picked off four other runners (No. 1 in the Big West) as a sophomore. He finished with a .255 batting average, six steals and 31 RBI and was first in the Big West and 46th in the nation in toughest to strike out, fanning out once every 12.5 at-bats.

Never drafted, Meyer played for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team last summer.

Cal Poly opens its 2018 season with four games in the Surprise Tournament at the spring training site for the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers in Surprise, Ariz. The Mustangs face Oregon State, Gonzaga (twice) and New Mexico.

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