Category Archives: 2013 Top Players

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2013 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award Finalists

STOPPEROFTHEYEAR_thumb.jpgColorado Springs, Colo. (NCBWA) — Five of college baseball’s top relief specialists have been selected as finalists for the ninth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, the NCBWA announced Wednesday.

This year’s finalists include NCAA saves leader Tyler Rogers of Austin Peay along with David Berg of UCLA, Jonathan Holder of Mississippi State, Michael Lorenzen of Cal State Fullerton, and Jimmie Sherfy of Oregon. Continue reading

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Links from Around the Country for June 6th

JonathanGrayFeaturedHere are some of the top news stories around the College Baseball World for today.  Continue reading

2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Finalists

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GoldenSpikesAward.jpgDURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced Tuesday the names of the three finalists for the 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. This summer marks the 36th consecutive year that the GSA will be presented to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.

Tyler Beede, a sophomore right-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt; Kris Bryant a junior infielder from San Diego; and Colin Moran, a junior infielder out of North Carolina, received the most votes among 30 semifinalists last week, as voted on by a committee of more than 200 members. Continue reading

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From Walk-On to Wow: Alabama’s Mike Oczypok’s Incredible Journey

MBAFor Alabama right-handed pitcher Mike Oczypok, his journey to his current role on the Crimson Tide baseball team has been anything but conventional.

The 6’4 Pennsylvania native came to Alabama with hopes of walking on the baseball team last year. That didn’t happen, however he did get himself on Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard’s radar.

Fortunately for Oczypok, that paid off when Gaspard heard of an opening on a summer league team in Illinois last summer. He passed along Oczypok’s name, and from there Oczypok’s dream of playing for the Crimson Tide that had seemed slightly out of reach after a year of not making the team started to slowly become a reality.  Continue reading

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CBD Scouting Report: Mississippi State’s Jonathan Holder

Jonathan HolderAs Mississippi State continued their excellent SEC Tournament run on Thursday evening, all eyes were on the Bulldog closer, Jonathan Holder as he took the mound in the bottom of the ninth.

The 6’2, right-handed pitcher was three outs away from securing the Bulldogs an off day on Friday and a place in Saturday afternoon’s game.  Continue reading

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LSU’s Cody Glenn is Making a Name for Himself

CodyGlennFor Cody Glenn, the 2013 baseball season has been a breakout performance to say the least.

The 6’4″ south paw from Houston came to LSU after being drafted in the 15th round by Toronto out of high school. During the 2012 season, Glenn saw action in eleven games including three starts, finishing the year with a 5.62 ERA with six walks and 16 strikeouts in a total of 16 innings pitched. Continue reading

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CBD Scouting Spotlight: Mark Appel (Stanford)

StanfordMarkAppelFeaturedStanford starter Mark Appel has everything you’d expect from a potential number one overall pick.

An intimidating force on the mound, Appel stands 6’5 and weighs 215 pounds.

He is a polished pitcher with an arsenal that includes a fastball consistently clocked between 93-95 mph. At times, he has the ability to reach back and find that extra velocity that can make a pitcher special. Reports suggest Appel has reached 98-99 mph on occasion. In his start against Oregon last weekend, the radar gun had his top speed at 97. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Appel was still registering 93 mph. Continue reading