We continue the list today with number 14 in our countdown with sophomore RHP Gerrit Cole from UCLA. He is from Santa Ana, California as he attended Orange Lutheran High School where he was a three year letterwinner playing under Mike Grahovac. He had an outstanding senior season where he went 8-2 with a 0.46 ERA while totaling 121 strikeouts and walking 18 batters in 75.2 innings. Heading into the 2008 MLB Draft, Perfect Game Crosschecker rated him the best high school player in the country while Baseball America had him fourth. Cole was selected by the New York Yankees with the 28th overall selection as he slid as he told many teams he wanted to attend college. Cole lived up to his side of the bargain as he refused a multi-million dollar contract to attend UCLA.
PGCrosschecker.com writer Patrick Ebert has put together his 2009 All-American Team. The players that are included on the list took part in previous Perfect Game events. He has Missouri catcher Trevor Coleman behind the plate with Rich Poythress of Georgia at first base. Kyle Seager of North Carolina and Grant Green of Southern Cal are the second base and shortstop selections respectively. Chris Dominguez is the selection at third base as he is having a great career with Louisville. Continue reading
Patrick Ebert of PGCrossChecker.com recently posted a fantastic article about the 2009 MLB Draft profiling some of the top players in the nation. The articles talks about some of the top High School players in the country in Matthew Purke and Tyler Matzek. (We saw both in the AFLAC All-American and the Under Armour All-American games.) He also talks about the two independent pitchers in Tanner Scheppers formerly of Fresno State and Aaron Crow formely of Missouri who decided to not sign professional contracts after last year and will not return to college as they await the 2009 draft. He finally talks about UNC’s dynamic duo of Alex White and Dustin Ackley leading the top prospect in the ACC this upcoming year. Continue reading
Recruiting coordinator Eric Bakich of Vanderbilt has kicked off recruiting season with a bang. Today, it was reported that stellar defensive shortstop Anthony Gomez of top ranked Don Bosco high school of New Jersey committed to the Commodores. Gomez, a sure handed, line-drive hitting shortstop standing 6′ 180, is the third ’09-’10 recruit known to have committed to Vanderbilt and Tim Corbin. He received a Perfect 10 rating from Perfect Game.
Last week, TCBB scribe Don Boyles tipped off that Connor Harrell, a physical specimen and top outfielder had committed to the Commodores. PG rates Harrell the #65 prospect in the class and awarded him a Perfect 10 rating as well. The Kinkaid School product is a strapping 6’3″ 190lb speed demon, clocking a 6.66 time in the 60 yard run at PG’s National Showcase. Continue reading
Rivals.com division Rivals High released their first ever Top 100 High School Baseball Players this week. The rankings (found here) are topped by Griffin, GA SS Tim Beckham (pictured left), a Southern Cal commit and probable top 5 pick in the upcoming draft. Joining him at the top are Cooper City, FL 1B Eric Hosmer (Arizona State); Long Beach, CA OF Aaron Hicks (Southern Cal); Wentzville, MO P Tim Melville (uncommitted); and Santa Ana, CA P Gerrit Cole (UCLA). The top five are widely speculated to all go pro after the 2008 MLB Draft. Continue reading
Perfect Game has put out their top Recruiting Classes for the 2009 season with Arizona State University ranked in the Top spot. The top recruit for the Sun Devils is Eric Hosmer as he is one of eleven players ranked in the Top 200 in the country to sign with Pat Murphy’s squad. The Georgia Bulldogs are listed in the runner’s up spot as they have signed 20 players with Michael Palazzone as the top recruit in the class. North Carolina comes in with another strong class after their second consecutive CWS championship series appearance. Continue reading
Patrick Ebert of Perfect Game has written a great article previewing 13 players who he thinks will have breakout seasons in 2008. He breaks every player in depth with a small writeup. The list is loaded with Big Ten players as I believe Patrick is from Big Ten country as he also works for Brewerfan.net. We have included his team below Continue reading
Perfect Game Crosschecker has put out their annual rankings of the Top 100 programs for the 2008 campaign. Leading the way is the Arizona Wildcats and chief rival Arizona State comes in as the runner up. The rest of the Top 5 is filled out by Texas, Miami (FL), and Vanderbilt. The full article is available here.
Patrick Ebert of PG Crosschecker checks in with his early signing period standout classes. You can read his full review here. In alphabetical order (with three of each class’ top names), Ebert notes:
- Arkansas, led by Austin Wright, Bobby Bundy and Tyler Sample.
- Florida, with Ryan Weber, Nick Maronde and Jerico Weitzel.
- Georgia, featuring Brett DeVall, Michael Palazzone and Xavier Avery.
- Kentucky, boasting Alex Meyer, Andy Burns and Daniel Webb.
- San Diego State, lining up Isaac Galloway, Ryan O’Sullivan and Matt Lollis.
- UCLA, landing Gerrit Cole, Clark Murphy and Chris Amezquia.
- Vanderbilt, snaring Sonny Gray, Jack Armstrong and Jason Esposito.
Perfect Game has released a listing of the National Showcase players who have signed letter of intents to play college baseball next season. The full list is available here.