All Things Valley League’s 4th best hitter in the 2014 season, Georgia State’s Matt Rose, has already been drafted once- in the 24th round after high school.
We obviously don’t know if he will be drafted again, but we do know this: Matt proved himself as an outstanding hitter in the 2014 Harrisonburg Turks’ lineup. he hit 342/427/523 in 149 at-bats, along with 25 runs, 51 hits, 7 doubles, a triple, 6 home runs, 29 RBIs, and a solid 19/25 BB/K ratio. Check it out: he finished 7th in the league in batting average, 9th in on-base percentage, 4th in slugging percentage, 9th in hits, tied for 4th in home runs, 6th in RBIs, 3rd in total bases (with 78), and 4th in OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage). His best game was probably July 23rd at Aldie, when he went 4-5, with 3 runs, and RBI, and a walk.
Perfect Game and Baseball America noticed his ability, too. BA named him the second best prospect in the league, while PG named him the best. PG also named him the best defender in the league.
In 2013, as a freshman at Georgia State, Matt hit 283/365/404 in 166 at-bats, along with 8 doubles, 4 home runs, and a 18/32 BB/K ratio. He was named a freshman All-American, was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America Team, and to the CAA All-Rookie team.
Before the 2014 season, Baseball America and Perfect Game both named Matt one of the top 2015 draft prospects in the Sun Belt Conference. Then he proceeded to hit 312/358/535 in 202 at-bats, along with 12 doubles, 11 home runs, and a 13/37 BB/K ratio.
My guess is that this is not the last we’ll hear of Mr. Rose. Check in this space next June to see if Matt gets drafted for a second time!