Category Archives: Rivals

Rivals names Top Juniors in 2009 Class

Kendall Rogers of continues his previews of the 2009 season today as he looks at the best junior players in the country. He names UNC’s Dustin Ackley and San Diego State’s Stephen Strasburg as the top juniors. Ackley is coming off a solid sophomore season for the Tar Heels which saw him hit .417 with seven homers and 51 RBI. He had off season surgery but should be back at 100 percent once the season starts. Strasburg was the best pitcher in the country this summer lighting up radar guns with his 90+ MPH fastball and pitching in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Continue reading Rivals names Top Juniors in 2009 Class

Rivals Top 10 Seniors for 2009

Luke Anders (Courtesy of
Luke Anders (Courtesy of College Baseball Editor Kendall Rogers put out a great article previewing the Top 10 Seniors for the 2009 season. He names your typical players like Michael Rockett of Texas-San Antonio and Preston Guilmet of Arizona. He also brings up Nate Lape of Marshall who flies under the radar as he plays for the West Virginia based school. The biggest name on his list is Ole Miss’ pitcher Scott Bittle who appeared in 27 games with a ERA of 1.78. He held opponents to a .145 batting average against. The rest of the list includes: Luke Anders of Texas A&M, Cory Harrilchak of Elon, Chris Fetter of Michigan, Chris Rusin of Kentucky, Ben Orloff of UC Irvine and Ben Soignier of Louisiana-Monroe. Continue reading Rivals Top 10 Seniors for 2009 starts Countdown

Mark Etheridge of has started his 80 team preview of schools in the Southeastern part of the country. His first preview is of the North Carolina Tar Heels which is led by one of the best pitching duos in the country in Alex White (CBB #3 player in 2009) and Matt Harvey (CBB #42 Player in 2009). They also return All-American hitter Dustin Ackley (CBB #8 player in 2009) who is coming back from off season elbow surgery. Continue reading starts Countdown

Rogers reports from the ABCA Convention

Courtesy of Michigan Media Relations
Courtesy of Michigan Media Relations

Our good friend Kendall Rogers of is currently in San Diego at the ABCA Convention. He has a running blog on some of the issues and coaches he is running into at the event. He has already talked with the University of San Diego coaching staff and the Michigan coaches. He will have more reports from the event in the coming days. Continue reading Rogers reports from the ABCA Convention

New Years Rivals Links

Courtesy of Texas AM Media Relations

Kendall Rogers continues his great coverage of College Baseball with three new articles. The first article looks at some of the top stories from the 2008 season which is highlighted by the surprising run by Fresno State to win the national championship. Kendall also has his weekly mailbag where he puts together his dream rotation for the 2009 season among other things. The final article is about which teams will be better and worse in the coming season.  Continue reading New Years Rivals Links

Slow News Day

It is a slow news day around the College Baseball so I thought I would share with you a couple of articles written by Rivals writer Kendall Rogers. The first article is about new Kentucky head coach Gary Henderson. This move is not going to change the Wildcats program too much as Henderson was a long-time assistant in Lexington before getting the head job. (We wrote an article previewing the Wildcats which can be viewed here.) Kendall also has put out a mailbag about issues from around the country. He discusses which eight teams might make it back to Omaha in 2009 while talking about the top assistant coaches around the nation. The final article from Rivals is about some of the lower level coaches that are ready to move up to bigger programs. I really don’t like to see articles about this topic but it is interesting to get some discussion. Check out the links after the jump Continue reading Slow News Day

Random Thoughts on Nov. 18th

Dick Howser statue (CBB Photo)

I will check in throughout the year with some thoughts on issues or stories that have caught my attention over the last few days. We check in today on a Midnight Baseball game at Florida Gulf Coast, the best conference in the nation, and the facilities of FSU and Florida. Continue reading Random Thoughts on Nov. 18th

Rivals ranks Top Ten Stadiums

I know we post a ton of links to Rivals articles but they do an excellent job reporting on the College Baseball landscape. Kendall Rogers daily column today focuses on the Top Ten college baseball stadium in the country. He has the usual suspects on the list like Arkansas and Florida State leading the group. Rice, Nebraska, Mississippi State, Texas, Baylor, Ole Miss, and Auburn are all mentioned. The biggest surprise in the list is the fact that he includes Penn State’s Medlar Field at Lubrano Park which opened during the summer of 2006. Continue reading Rivals ranks Top Ten Stadiums

Vandy leads Volunteer State

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Kendall Rogers has written a great article about the baseball programs in the state of Tennessee. He ranks all the schools with the Vanderbilt Commodores as the best program but we all know that isn’t a real surprise. Corbin has really developed a solid program in Nashville and keeps bringing in some great recruits.The University of Tennessee comes in at the runners up spot under second year head coach Todd Raleigh. The rest of the top ten is listed below.
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