Category Archives: 2009 Top Players

USA BASEBALL ANNOUNCES 2008 U.S. OLYMPIC BASEBALL TEAM

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NEW YORK — USA Baseball announced Wednesday 23 of the 24 members of its 2008 U.S. Olympic Baseball Team. The Davey Johnson-led squad is set to compete in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Aug. 8-24 (baseball competition Aug. 13-23).

The team features 12 pitchers and 11 position players. The 24th member of the Olympic Team will be named in the coming days, ahead of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad’s (BOCOG) July 22 cut-off date.

“We are proud of the ballclub we have assembled,” said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. “The team is strong from top to bottom, and we are confident it will succeed in Beijing. We applaud our coaching staff and selection committee for their tireless work in putting together an excellent team.”

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Red Team ties up U-18 Team USA Trials

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USA Baseball LogoPhoenix, Ariz. – For the first time during the trials the bats were silenced by the pitching and defense for both teams as the Red team came from behind to win 2-1 and even the series at the 18U National Team Trials at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

The Blue team scored first in the top of the second inning on starter Trevor Bauer. Bauer began the second with a strikeout but a passed ball by catcher Marlon Mitchell on strike three allowed Colton Cain to reach first. This misplay then led to an Austin Maddox RBI triple to right centerfield to give the blue team a 1-0 lead. Continue reading

Blue Team grabs 2 games to 1 lead in U-18 Trials

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GAME 1: RED TEAM 13 BLUE TEAM 11
PHOENIX, ARIZ.— In a game that saw a combined 24 runs on 29 hits at the USA Baseball 18U National Team trials, the Blue Team answered every call the red team put forth to draw first blood, winning game one of the trials 13-11 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium,.

The Red team jumped on veteran ace Ryan Weber (St. Petersburg, Fla.) early as they scored four runs in the top of the first inning. Wes Hatton (Norco, Calif.) got the Red team started with a lead-off single through the right side but was out at second as Jiovanni Mier (Pomona, Calif.) grounded into a fielder’s choice. Continue reading

Minor, Davis lead Team USA past Keene Swamp Bats

KEENE, N.H. — Aaron Senne (Missouri; Rochester, Minn.), Ryan Ortiz (Oregon State; San Diego, Calif.) and Kentrail Davis (Tennessee; Theodore, Ala.) all homered in a five-run third inning as the 2008 USA Baseball National Trials Team defeated the Keene Swamp Bats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League 11-0 Thursday night at Alumni Field. This was the first competition during the trials.

With the U.S. team leading 4-0, Senne ripped a one-out solo home run to right. On the very next pitch, Ortiz laced a solo shot to right-center. An error and a walk set the stage for Davis’ homer, a three-run blast to right-center. It was the first of two home runs on the night for Davis, who followed a Christian Colon (Cal State Fullerton; Corona, Calif.) sixth-inning leadoff home run with a solo round-tripper to right-center.
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Eight added to National Teams Trial Roster

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DURHAM, N.C. –- USA Baseball announced on Monday its third round of invitations for the 2008 National Team Trials held June 11-23 throughout the northeast and southeast United States. This eight-member list is composed of five sophomores and three freshmen, joining the 26-member invitee list announced over the past month. At the conclusion of the trials, on June 24, 22 players will be selected for the National Team roster. Continue reading

USA Baseball adds 14 names to National (Collegiate) Team Trials Roster

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USA Baseball Logo(DURHAM, N.C.) – USA Baseball announced Tuesday its second round of invitations for the 2008 National Team Trials held June 11-23 throughout the northeast and southeast United States. This 14-member list is comprised of nine sophomores and five freshmen, joining the 12-member initial invitee list announced earlier this month. In all, 32 players will be invited to the National Team Trials with 22 of those players being selected for the National Team roster which will be announced on June 24. Continue reading

CBB Column: Missouri Scouting Report

The CBB recently had an opportunity to take in the Missouri-Kansas series over this past weekend. We focused on the strong Missouri team which includes one of the top pitchers in the country for 2008 in Aaron Crow and one of the top 2009 pitching prospects in Kyle Gibson. We also checked in on some of the other top players on the squad who might make an impact in the coming future.

Aaron Crow JR 6’3, 195 RHP
Crow is one of the top players in the country and I believe him to be the best pitcher in the country (Brian Matusz of San Diego gets a close 2nd). Crow has 2 very strong pitches he relies on. His fastball and his slider. His fastball is in the lower to mid 90′s with good late movement. He has great command of it and throws it on both sides of the plate and will use it up in the zone. His control is extremely good. Having control and command of a mid 90′s moving fastball is a sick thing to have as a pitcher. He couldn’t do it all with just a fastball however. His second pitch is a slider in the mid 80′s. Continue reading

Pac-10 Recap Saturday 5/10

Jeff KobernusCal 5 – @ Stanford 2

UCLA 11 – @ Oregon State 4

Washington State 5 – @ Washington 1

@ Arizona State 9 – Loyola Marymount 5

@ Arizona 7 – Utah Valley State 0

Cal State Northridge 5 – @ USC 4

With the win Cal takes the series victory from their across the bay rivals. Craig Bennigson picks up the win and throws 6 innings, gives up 1 earned run, walks 2, strikes out 4 and gives up 7 hits. Jeff Kobernus was the most prolific hitter going 3 for 4 with 2 critical Golden Bear RBI’s. Erik Davis takes the loss after throwing 7.2 innings, giving up 6 hits, 5 earned runs, walks 4 and strikes out 7.

Charles Brewer gets his 7 victory for UCLA after throwing 7.1 innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 earned runs, walking 5 but striking out 9. Cody Decker was the designated hitter for the Bruins and accomplished that going 2 for 5 with a home run and 4 RBI’s. Tanner Robles started for O,SU but only lasted 0.2 of an inning facing just 6 batters allowing 2 hits, 3 runs, walking 2 and striking out just 1. Continue reading

USA Baseball Announces Initial 2008 National Team Trials Roster

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(DURHAM, N.C.) – USA Baseball announced today its initial list of 12 collegiate players who have accepted invitations for the 2008 National Team Trials held June 11-23 throughout the northeast and southeast United States. The list is comprised of eight sophomores and four freshmen. In all, 32 players will be invited to the National Team Trials with 22 of those players being selected for the National Team roster. Continue reading