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NCAA Baseball Tournament 2016 selection show: Time, TV schedule, live stream and which top MLB Draft prospects to look for

Colorado Rockies fans will be able to watch potential draft picks play during the NCAA Baseball Tournament. Here's how to find out when they will be playing.

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Get ready to set your viewing schedule for the next few weekends with the arrival of the 2016 NCAA Baseball Tournament. It starts Friday. Today, the Field of 64 and the Road to Omaha will be announced at 10 a.m. MT on ESPNU. Colorado Rockies fans will be able to catch a start or two of many top prospects, including potential selections at No. 4 overall.

Unlike the NCAA Basketball Tournament and because this is baseball, the tournament isn't a lose-and-you're-done deal. Today, we'll find out the 64 teams in the regional round. There are 16 locations featuring four teams seeded one through four. A team must lose two games in order to be eliminated. One team from each regional advances to the next round.

During the bracket announcement, eight of the teams participating in the regional round are given national seeds. These eight national seeds host one of the 16 regionals and are guaranteed to host a super regional the following weekend under the condition that they advance. Should a national seed lose in the regional round, the super regional will be hosted by the higher seed in the matchup. National seeds cannot face each other until they reach Omaha for the College World Series.

The super regionals are a best-of-three affair to whittle the 16 remaining teams down to eight. That eight-team field in Omaha is divided into two four-team brackets and a team must lose twice to be eliminated before the final matchup. The two remaining teams play a best-of-three series to determine the champion.

The 16 regional hosts were announced on Sunday night and are: LSU (Baton Rouge), Virginia (Charlottesville), Clemson, Texas A&M (College Station), South Carolina (Columbia), Miami (Coral Gables), TCU (Fort Worth), Florida (Gainesville), UL Lafayette (Lafayette), Louisville, Texas Tech (Lubbock), Vanderbilt (Nashville), Ole Miss (Oxford), NC State (Raleigh), Mississippi State (Starkville), and Florida State (Tallahassee).

Players that Rockies fans may be interested in

LHP A.J. Puk, OF Buddy Reed, RHP Logan Shore (Florida): Puk is the only player who will be considered by the Rockies at No. 4 overall, but Reed and Shore are early-round talents who could be available when the Rockies have their next few selections.

OF Kyle Lewis (Mercer): Lewis' path to the NCAA Tournament is a tough one following Sunday's two losses in the Southern Conference tournament. Had his team won either of the two games, Mercer would have secured the conference's automatic bid. That spot is now Western Carolina's, leaving Mercer looking for an at-large bid that is unlikely to come. As for Lewis, he has fallen a bit as of late, losing the power stroke he demonstrated earlier in the season. He could be a quick riser in the minors and make it to the majors in a couple of seasons.

OF Corey Ray (Louisville): Ray could go to the Reds (No. 2) or the Braves (No. 3), but he's definitely an option at No. 4 for the Rockies depending on how things fall.

RHP Dakota Hudson (Miss. State): Perhaps the only other college pitcher the Rockies would consider at No. 4 if A.J. Puk is gone before then, but he seems an unlikely choice unless the team really is shying away from prep arms this high in the draft. He could be an under-slot signing here.

RHP Connor Jones (Virginia): Jones isn't an elite talent, but he should be selected in the first few rounds and the Rockies have three of the first 45 selections.

C Zack Collins (Miami): Another potential under-slot signing, the Hurricanes backstop likely has a future at a different position.

INF Nick Senzel (Tennessee): Senzel is one of the college bats available but also a Scott Boras client. He should go in the top 10.

How to watch

Date and time: Monday, May 30, at 10 a.m. MT


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