3B Zach Remillard has led Coastal Carolina from the losers bracket to the College World Series Championship Finals. The Chanticleers had to win three straight, one against national fifth seed Texas Tech and two against TCU to advance to the Championship Series against Arizona.
The championship series will begin tonight at 6CT. If you want to see the the White Sox power hitting hot corner prospect, the best of three series will be televised by ESPN. Coastal Carolina is the first non big five power conference team to advance to the College World Series Final series since Fresno State capped off their improbable run in 2008.
The Bulldogs were an even greater underdog than the Chants are. They began the regional as a number four seed. That’s equivalent to a 13-16 seed in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Remillard leads CCU with 17 home-runs and 70 RBIs this season. In Omaha, he is hitting .280 with three RBIs and a .400 Slugging percentage. He was the second highest drafted Chanticleer. Shortstop Michael Paez was drafted in the fourth round by the Yankees.
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Remillard was named the MVP of the Raleigh regional. The Chants upset top seeded North Carolina State on their way to the regional title. They swept LSU in the super regional to achieve their first trip to Omaha and the College World Series.
He has been hot throughout the entire NCAA Tournament. Remillard is hitting .348 with one home run and seven RBIs. He is also three for four on stolen bases and has a .522 slugging percentage. Remillard has 15 steals in 18 attempts on the season.
Per CCU’s website, Remillard is among the national leaders in several categories.
"In the current NCAA:3rd in NCAA 164 total bases 8th in NCAA 19 home runs 11th in NCAA 69 RBI 8th in NCAA 90 hits 18th in NCAA 62 runs 38th in NCAA .633 slug%"
Remillard’s defense needs significant work. His fielding percentage was .926 in the regular season. It has dropped to .909 in the NCAA Tournament. He has three errors in 33 chances (six putouts and 24 assists).
The Baseball Draft Report said of Remillard.
"“Remillard is a really well-rounded talent who sometimes gets himself in trouble by expanding the zone and trying to do too much at the plate. If he can just ease up just a touch with his overly aggressive approach, then he could begin to produce enough overall offensive value to project as a potential regular at the hot corner. The more realistic forecast is as an offense-first utility player capable of playing 1B, 2B, 3B, and maybe the outfield corners.”"
There has been no indication where Remillard will be assigned when the Chanticleers conclude their College World Series run. The players drafted above him have been assigned to Kannapolis, Great Falls and the the Arizona League. The White Sox second first round pick, pitcher Zack Burdi is already at high class A Winston-Salem. The tenth pick in the draft, catcher Zack Collins from Miami is expected to join him.