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MLB Draft 2016: Alec Hansen dropped from rotation, A.J. Puk suffers injury

It was not a good weekend for some of the top college pitchers.

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Kyle Lewis had a quiet weekend with the bat for Mercer, but managed to show that he can still draw a walk. He started off the week hot with a 2-for-3 game on Tuesday that included a solo home run and two walks. Though hitless the next day in a game against Georgia State, the junior walked twice and stole a base (he also picked up a couple of strikeouts). In the weekend series against Samford, Lewis picked up a hit and two RBI in the first game and worked a couple of walks over the last two games.

Lewis is now hitting .426/.555/.843 (46-for-108) with nine doubles, 12 home runs, 43 RBI, 33 walks, and 17 strikeouts.

Alec Hansen, RHP, Oklahoma

Hansen's season has not gone well at all after entering it as one of the top college arms available. When the Sooner's weekend rotation against the Texas Longhorns was announced last week, Hansen's name was nowhere to be found. For now it appears that he will pitch out of the bullpen, but he didn't make an appearance at all this past week.

A.J. Puk, LHP, Florida

Puk had a hot start in the final game of the series against the Texas A&M Aggies, picking up two swinging strikes out in a 10-pitch first inning. He reached 97 mph that inning, according to's Michael Baumann, but left the game after throwing one pitch in the next inning. Reports indicate that Puk is dealing with back spasms, though unlikely to be a serious injury.

With Hansen failing to ever find a groove this season and Puk being inconsistent, there is plenty of room for other college arms to overtake them in draft rankings (Hansen's been falling already).

Others of note

Connor Jones, RHP, Virginia: NC State rocked Jones for seven runs on seven hits over 5⅓ innings while walking three and striking out four.

Corey Ray, OF, Louisville: Ray went 5-for-14 with five RBI, a double, and two home runs (including a two-run shot) against Virginia Tech. He's hitting .336/.396/.664 with nine home runs and 26 stolen bases.

Jordan Sheffield, RHP, Vanderbilt: Sheffield struck out nine over seven innings while allowing three runs. His teammates gave him a 4-0 lead after the bottom of the first inning, but he allowed one run in the fourth and two more in the seventh before exiting the game. For some highlights of Sheffield's outing, check out this video (move ahead to 1:20):