One of the things looked over by many College Baseball fans is the education side of the game. MLB.com recently sat down with former Florida Gator and current Cleveland Indians player Matt LaPorta who recently completed his degree in Recreation and Event Planning. LaPorta ended up playing four years of baseball with the Gators but never actually completed his studies.
I recently posted an article from the Wall Street Journal which looked at the best baseball schools in the country. (Click here if you missed it.) I didn’t recognize it when I posted the article but it fails to mention Arizona State which has been a perennial power in the CWS and also putting players in MLB. One of our readers sent me the following letter about Arizona State not being included. Continue reading
The Wall Street Journal has an excellent article about which schools are the most successful in developing pro prospects. The interesting part about the MLB Draft is how high the failure rate of players is. One example of this is 1999 when over half of the first round picks have not been in the MLB while Albert Pujols has become the most feared hitter after being picked with the 402nd selection in that same draft. Continue reading
Darren Dreifort who is known for his MLB career with the Dodgers is currently looking forward to making the trek to Lubbock TX for his induction to the College Baseball Hall of Fame on July 3rd. Dreifort played three seasons at Wichita State where he had his most success in 1993 when he received the Golden Spikes Award. He went 11-1 with a 2.48 ERA while also serving as a DH where he had a .327 average with 22 homers and 66 RBI. Continue reading
Most of my readers know that I am a diehard Red Sox fan but we have to congratulate to the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays after they both advance to the 2008 World Series. The Rays ended up making the series on the arm of David Price who was the number 1 pick in the 2007 MLB draft after a standout career with the Vanderbilt Commodores. He ended up getting the final four outs in Game 7 of the ALCS protecting a two run lead. They also featured 2006 number 3 overall pick, 2005 Cape Cod League MVP, and 2006 Big West Player of the Year Evan Longoria from Long Beach State. He has played in all eleven games of the playoffs with a .262 average, six homers, and eleven RBI. Continue reading
FIRST-EVER ISLANDER BASEBALL ALUMNI GAME IS A WIN-WIN
While it may have been an 11-4 win for the current players on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball team, the first-ever Islander Alumni Baseball Game held as part of the athletic department’s 10-year celebration was a win-win for both sides.
“The first-ever alumni game was a total success,” said Islander head coach Scott Malone. “We went into the game looking to bridge the gap between the Islanders of the past and the current members of the roster and I think we were able to do that. There is no doubt we intend on making the game an annual event.”
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
Eight-year major league veteran Scott Podsednik made a visit to the UT Arlington baseball practice on Thursday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark to visit with Maverick players and coaches. Podsednik, who currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Texas spent the 2008 season with the Colorado Rockies, and is among the major league’s best base stealers.
The UT Arlington baseball team is in the midst of its fall season, which consists of practices and intra-squads. The Mavericks had a pleasant surprise with Podsednik making a visit to their Thursday practice to discuss the game of baseball.
RHP Mike Ekstrom, who took Point Loma Nazarene to the NAIA Baseball National Championship tournament in 2004, has been called up by the San Diego Padres.
Ekstrom had 12 wins and an ERA of 1.96 in his senior year with the Sea Lions. He is the second Sea Lion to make it to the Major Leagues. Continue reading
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
BEIJING, — Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (Farmington, Mo.) threw six scoreless innings and Nate Schierholtz (Danville, Calif.) went 2-for-3 with three RBIs as the U.S. Olympic baseball team defeated China, 9-1, on Monday evening at the Wukesong Main Field. Continue reading
David Price, the No. 1 overall draft pick in the the 2007 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, is profiled in this week’s Sports Illustrated. You can read the article here.
Price left Vanderbilt as the most decorated pitcher in school history, winning numerous honors including the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award, and has shown no signs of letting up in his first professional season. Price was 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 34.2 innings Class A Vero Beach before being called up to Double A Montgomery, where he is 5-0 with a 2.20 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 45 innings. Continue reading