Posted by richv at 2:51 PM
The West Coast Conference where he plays is known as the stepsister of the Pac 10 and Big West, but in 2010 they had a record 31 players drafted and the future of the conference appears bright.
Channing could be the top position player from the WCC in 2011. The 6’ 0” 235 lb R/R Jr. corner infielder has played both 3B and 1B at St. Mary’s College (CA) in his two seasons. His home in professional ball will be 1B thanks to nine (9) and eight (8) errors in his first two years in college respectively and a combined sub .950 fielding percentage. He was drafted in the 40th round out of Foothill HS (CA), but opted to attend St. Mary’s where he has put on a power display both his freshman and sophomore seasons. He has garnered multiple post season awards including Baseball America’s 1st team Freshman All-American and 2nd team All-American in 2009. He was also a semi-finalist for the Dick Howser award.
In all fairness I must preface my comments that his yard, Louis Guisto Field is a bit of a band box, but 35 HR’s in 390 AB’s is mighty impressive. His two year batting average stands at .338 with 69 BB’s and 91 SO’s, a pretty decent ratio for a power hitter.
Troy is playing his 2010 summer ball for the Brewster Whitecaps of the Cape Cod League.
Look for him to go between the 5th and 10th rounds.