10 players to watch at the World Series

NOC Enid's Tanner Neely hits a single against Butler CC Tuesday April 9, 2019 at Failing Field on the NOC Enid campus. (Billy Hefton / Enid news & Eagle)

The level of competition is sure to be high at the 2019 NJCAA Division II World Series. Each of the 10 participating teams' rosters are filled with talented players, but which ones should you pay attention to most? Here's 10 in particular who have the potential to stand out above the rest.

Dexter Jordan, INF, Pearl River

Jordan, a freshman, enters the World Series on a 7-game hit streak with seven RBI in the past three games. The Hattiesburg, Miss., native has proven to be a key factor in the success of the top-seeded Wildcats this season. In 40 wins, Jordan is hitting .342 with 62 RBI and 32 extra-base hits. In 12 losses, he's hitting a dismal .128 with just five hits and three RBI. Despite 18 home runs, fourth most in Division II, and 65 RBI, eighth most, Jordan has a sub-.300 batting average, do in-large part to a team-high 50 strikeouts. It's either go big or go home when Jordan's at the plate.

Matt Hamilton, P, Madison

The Wolfpack have not lost this season when Hamilton starts on the mound. The sophomore right-hander holds a perfect 10-0 record with a 2.03 ERA. In 10 outings of at least five innings, Hamilton has held his opponents to less than two runs seven times. The Oak Creek, Wis., native averages 10.89 strikeouts per nine innings. He did appear in last year's World Series, earning a win in relief. Hamilton is committed to NCAA Division I Bradley University.

Adam Henderson, OF, Kellogg

Henderson has been a tough out for opposing pitchers this season. The freshman ranks second in Division II with a .480 batting average and sixth with a .566 on-base percentage. The Battle Creek, Mich., native's numbers are even better when playing on a neutral site. In five neutral games this season, Henderson's batting a staggering .615, with a .722 OBP and 1.462 slugging percentage.

E.J. Taylor, 1B, NOC Enid

With 12 home runs on the season, Taylor is a threat at the plate. His 45 RBI are tied for second most on a Jets team with no shortage of offensive power. The sophomore is batting .335 with a .622 slugging percentage. The Midwest City native has also shown speed with 12 stolen bases and a team-high 59 runs scored.

Tanner Neely, OF, NOC Enid

Another talented hitter for the Jets, Neely, also has 12 home runs this season. The sophomore leads NOC Enid with 52 RBI. He's also drawn 32 walks. The Morrison native has been in a bit of a slump lately with his batting average down to .281, but Neely's got the power to help drive the Jets' offense.

Spencer Walker, P, Lincoln Land

The freshman right-hander enters the World Series having thrown 28 straight scoreless innings. The Limestone, Ill., native holds an unblemished 8-0 record this season with a 1.14 ERA, which ranks fifth in Division II. Walker's numbers aren't as high away from home, but they're definitely respectable. In games back in Springfield, Ill., Walker's ERA is 0.36. In all other contests, his ERA is 1.57. Still, impressive.

Carter Robinson, P, Mesa

In 16 appearances this season, including 15 starts, the right-hander is 8-3 with a 1.41 ERA. Robinson also recorded a save. The Phoenix, Ariz., native is the ace for the Thunderbirds. His 96 innings pitched this season are the most by a single pitcher in Division II. Robinson, a sophomore, also ranks second with six complete games and fifth with 109 strikeouts. He is committed to NCAA Division I University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Drew Smith, INF, NE Nebraska

The sophomore is one of the top offensive players in Division II, ranking inside the top 15 in batting average (.438), home runs (15), total bases (143) and slugging percentage (.846). Smith brings a 13-game hit streak into the World Series and has 19 RBI in the past 12 games. Smith is committed to NCAA Division I Grand Canyon University.

Alex Potter, P, NE Nebraska

The freshman right-hander has 11 saves this season, which ranks third in Division II. The Parker, Colo., native holds a 0.45 ERA in 40 1/3 innings pitched. His last earned run allowed was on April 17 against McCook. Potter has made four appearances during Northeast's current 7-game win streak.

Thylar Summarell, Utility, Lackawanna

Summarell, a sophomore, leads the Falcons with 60 RBI and 13 home runs, both of which rank within the top 20 in Division II. The Harleysville, Pa., native has a .341 batting average. Summarell can get hits in bunches with 16 multi-hit games so far this season. In the Region 19 championship game, Summarell tied a season-high with five RBI.

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