We are now within 50 days of the start of the College Baseball season. I thought we would take a look at my top ten storylines for the upcoming season. We did put out our 2011 College World Series Predictions back on July 6th. Continue reading
We continue the countdown today at number 70 with South Carolina sophomore infielder Christian Walker. He is from Limerick, Pennsylvania where he attended Kennedy-Kenrick High School. As a senior, he hit .588 his senior season which led to him being named to 2009 Philadelphia Inquirer All-S.E. Pennsylvania team. He was rated 88th best high school player in the country by PG Crosschecker as well as the No. 1 best high school player in the state of Pennsylvania. The LA Dodgers ended up picking him in the 49th round but were not able to come to terms with him.
The NCAA toured TD Ameritrade Park on Thursday to take a look at how the construction of the new stadium is going. Dennis Poppe was surprised at the size of the new stadium and considers it better then what he expected.
The UConn Huskies had a historic 2010 season, which included hosting a regional for the first time since 1977. The Huskies fell short of a Regional Title as they lost to Oregon twice while defeating Central Connecticut State.
With the goal of hosting a regional accomplished and most of their lineup returning, UConn has a chance to establish themselves as the lone Northeast powerhouse in college baseball.
The Oregon Ducks had a remarkable 2010 season as they went 40-23 making the Norwich Regional Final before losing to Florida State. One of the biggest question marks is who will replace Eddie Rodriguez behind the plate next season. They have transfer Brett Hambright, freshman Aaron Jones and freshman Stefan Sabol all competing for the starting spot. If they can find the answer behind the plate then the Ducks will be able to contend for a spot in Omaha in 2011.
In his new role as an advisor for the Capital One Cup, a newly created award to honor school’s cumulative excellence in a number of college sports each year, Ventura couldn’t hide his excitement about the dramatic endings the award could add to the College World Series.
Here are our selections for the 2011 College World Series. I asked six people for their opinion on who will be taking part in the first College World Series at the new Ameritrade Stadium in Omaha. Besides my own selection, we have TCBB Assistant Editor Mark Rafferty, TCBB Senior Writer Kat Cornetta, TCBB Scouting Guru Aman Reaka, TCBB contributor Casey Hull, and our special guest is Jana Howser of The College Baseball Foundation and daughter of Dick Howser who all gave their picks. We have 20 different teams represented in our picks with UCLA being the only team that shows up on everyone’s brackets. Virginia and Florida both were named on five out of six brackets. You can check out the full results below.