Tag Archives: 2008 Top Players

Baseball Digest Daily checks in with Aaron Crow

Baseball Digest Daily Podcaster Eric SanInocencio recently talked with current Missouri pitcher Aaron Crow who recently turned down a multi-million dollar deal with the Washington Nationals. He was the ninth overall selection in the 2008 draft but could not come to terms thus the reason why he will be playing with the independent league Fort Worth Cats. Crow has picked up many national awards including being named the 2008 Roger Clemens award winner as the top collegiate pitcher. Crow’s stock skyrocketed last summer with an impressive Cape Cod League All-Star game where he hit 98 MPH and an impressive junior season which saw him go 13-0 with a 2.35 ERA. He also struck out 127 batters in 107.1 innings of work. Continue reading Baseball Digest Daily checks in with Aaron Crow

Brian Matusz Signs Four-Year Contract with the Baltimore Orioles

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Brian Matusz

SAN DIEGO, Calif. ­ Former University of San Diego All-American Brian Matusz has come to terms with the Baltimore Orioles, signing his first Major League Baseball contract.

Matusz, the fourth overall pick by the Orioles in the 2008 MLB draft and the consensus best pitcher available, received a $3.2 million bonus and a four-year major league deal as part of his contract with the Orioles. That bonus is the second-highest in this year¹s draft, trailing only the $6.15
million the Rays gave No. 1 overall selection Tim Beckham. The total value of the deal has yet to be reported.

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CCBL MVP and Batting Champ Stories

The Cape Cod Baseball League has put out two great articles on the MVP of the league which was AJ Pollock of Notre Dame and the Batting Champ in Jimmy Cesario of Houston. Pollock finished the season leading the league in hits, doubles, and slugging percentage while finishing second in the league in batting average behind Jimmy Cesario. Continue reading CCBL MVP and Batting Champ Stories

Bored at Work? Check out the Cape Cod Western League Finals

The Cotuit Kettleers are currently leading the Falmouth Commodores in the 7th inning 3-1.  If you’re not at the game, it is being streamed online here.  Also, Nate Sandals of the Cape Cod Times is updating everyone with a live blog.  The game is moving along fast, so be sure to check out the action.  The winner of this game will face Harwich, the winner of the Eastern League, in a best-of-3 series starting tomorrow.

Pitchfork Nation Checks in with Brett Wallace

The guys over at Pitchfork Nation check in with Golden Spikes Nominee Brett Wallace, who is currently tearing up the Class A Midwest League for the St. Louis Cardinals Single-A affiliate Quad City River Bandits.  Brett is hitting .346 with 5 homeruns so far.  Here’s an excerpt from the interview: Continue reading Pitchfork Nation Checks in with Brett Wallace

NCBWA Announces 2008 Pro-Line Athletic/NCBWA Division I All-America Teams

LINCOLN, Neb. – A total of 56 standout college baseball players from every part of the country are featured on the 13th Annual Pro-Line Athletic National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America Team, the organization announced today.

The 2008 NCBWA All-America Team is comprised of teams from 19 different conferences and 17 conference championships teams. The three All-America squads are also made up of 24 conference “Player of the Year” winners. Continue reading NCBWA Announces 2008 Pro-Line Athletic/NCBWA Division I All-America Teams

Super Regional Preview: NC State at Georgia

The NC State Wolfpack head down to Athens Ga to take on the Georgia Bulldogs in a matchup between ACC/SEC schools. The Wolfpack have a 40-20 overall record while going 18-11 in the ACC. The Bulldogs have an overall record of 39-22-1 while winning the SEC regular season title with a 20-9-1 record. Continue reading Super Regional Preview: NC State at Georgia

Crow, Fields, Hernandez and Matusz Named Clemens Finalists

HOUSTON — Aaron Crow of Missouri, Joshua Fields of Georgia, Chris Hernandez of Miami (Fla.) and Brian Matusz of San Diego have been selected as finalists for The Roger Clemens Award, which honors the top pitcher in college baseball. The winner will be announced this summer in Houston.

The four pitchers were selected from a field of 10 semifinalists in a national vote of all Division 1 head baseball coaches, selected national college baseball media, previous winners of the R. E. “Bob” Smith Award, which was presented to the top player in college baseball in 1988-2003, and the 13 previous finalists for the Clemens Award. Continue reading Crow, Fields, Hernandez and Matusz Named Clemens Finalists

Tim Beckham set to go Number 1

Tim Beckham from Griffin Ga will be the number 1 pick in the MLB 2008 Draft today at 2 pm by the Tampa Bay Rays. This goes against many experts including ESPN’s Keith Law that expected Florida State catcher Buster Posey to be selected in the top spot. I think this selection is better since Beckham has a bigger upside then Posey and could be a real special player. This development will hurt the Southern Cal program as Beckham was expected to be a threat in the Trojans program over the next few years. The full MLB.com article is available here.

Fields named 2008 NCBWA Stopper of the Year

STARKVILLE, Miss. (NCBWA) — University of Georgia relief pitcher Joshua Fields is the 2008 recipient of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s Stopper of the Year Award, the NCBWA announced Wednesday.

Fields helped the Georgia Bulldogs (39-22-1) capture the 2008 Southeastern Conference baseball championship and made a pair of game-closing relief appearances last weekend as Georgia claimed the NCAA Athens Regional title. UGA continues its quest for a College World Series berth this weekend, hosting North Carolina State of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the NCAA Athens Super Regional at Foley Field. Continue reading Fields named 2008 NCBWA Stopper of the Year