Category Archives: 2009 Top Players

2009 MLB Draft Profile: Dustin Ackley (UNC)

Dustin Ackley is widely considered the best available college bat available in the 2009 MLB Draft. Ackley is a 6’1 184 pound first baseman right now who could get moved to the outfield at the next level. He currently has a .412 average with 22 homers and 70 RBI. Ackley is also a solid baserunner as he has 13 stolen bases in 17 attempts. I have included a video of Dustin’s swing from a Boston College and North Carolina game this season. Continue reading

2009 MLB Draft Profile: Mike Minor (Vanderbilt)

Mike Minor is a 6’4 195 pound left handed starting pitcher from Vanderbilt University. He entered the 2009 SEC season as the Commodores number 1 starter where he went 6-6 with a 3.90 ERA.

Yes, those numbers are not that great but he had an outstanding summer with the USA National Team including two victories over the eventual Cuban Olympic Team. He finished the summer with a 3-0 record and a 0.75 ERA in six appearances including five starts. Continue reading

Tempe Regional – Day 2 Recap


Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year
Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year

Tempe, AZ – Saturday afternoon’s elimination game between Cal Poly and Kent State continued the hit parade and actually did two better than Friday, as the two teams combined for 31 hits.  But although the Mustangs tallied one more hit, the Golden Flashes held on for a 10 to 9 victory.

In the evening’s winner bracket game things changed and pitching ruled the night, as the nations best pitcher faced off against the Summit League’s Pitcher of the Year and Oral Roberts perfect ace Mark Serrano.  But Mike Leake was once again masterful from the dish for Arizona State, as he tied a career high with 15 strikeouts and was a fluke hit away from his third complete game shutout.  ASU was victorious in the end 4 to 1, and will now await the results of Sunday afternoon Kent State versus Oral Roberts elimination game.

Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American Teams Announced

(photo by Don Kohlbauer, San Diego News Network)
(photo by Don Kohlbauer, San Diego News Network)

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball teams and National Player of The Year were announced today by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

The 17-man first team, chosen by performances up to regional playoffs and picked by the staff of Collegiate Baseball newspaper, features 13 conference players or pitchers of the year, including:
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Brooks Wallace Award Finalists

bwa-logo-2009LUBBOCK, Texas – The finalists for the Brooks Wallace Award, honoring the nation’s top shortstop, have been selected by the College Baseball Foundation. The finalist watch list is sponsored by Mizuno.

“It was a very tough decision,” said Raymond Richardson, College Baseball Awards Show chairman and CBF Trustee. “All five of these players are standouts.” Continue reading

Dustin Ackley second best player in draft?

Peter Gammons of ESPN wrote an interesting article recently about UNC’s Dustin Ackley being the second best player in the 2009 MLB Draft. He has shown throughout his collegiate career to be one of the most potent bats but the question is whether or not he is the second best player in the country after Strasburg? What do you say? Continue reading

Semifinalists for Brooks Wallace Award Announced

LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Foundation announced today the 15 semifinalists for the 2009 Brooks Wallace Award, which honors the nation’s outstanding shortstop.

“We’re very excited to see how these players are excelling as the college baseball regular season wraps up,” said Raymond Richardson, College Baseball Awards Show chairman and CBF Trustee. “These players have set themselves apart and it will be interesting to see them continue into post-season play.” Continue reading

CBB Column: The kid named Strasburg

By: Katie Dowd

The Great Wall of China, the Grand Canyon and the Pyramids all belong in the category of “Things That Have to be Seen to be Believed.”

Add Stephen Strasburg to the list.

If you frequent this site, I suspect you’ve heard of the kid named Strasburg.  There’s talk he could be the greatest pitching prospect in the history of baseball. He throws upwards of 100 MPH with a filthy slider and curve ball. Oh, and he’s struck out 147 while walking 15 in 78 1/3 innings. Continue reading

CBF Releases 2009 Brooks Wallace Shortstop Watch List Sponsored by Mizuno

bwa-logo-2009LUBBOCK, Texas — With conference play in full swing across the country, the College Baseball Foundation and Mizuno have announced the initial watch list for the 2009 Brooks Wallace Award. For the first time since its creation in 2004, the Wallace Award will honor the country’s finest shortstop. Previously, the Wallace Award was given to the national player of the year. Continue reading