We continue with the second post out of a three post series previewing the Texas Longhorns written by Djbfootball. The first article in the series is available here and the third is available here.
Lets start at the Catcher position; Returning for his 4th year and starting for his third straight year at the catching position will be Preston Clark. Preston a red shirt junior brings a lot to the table that goes unnoticed. He will be able to keep these young pitchers on track and help them stay focus. When Preston went down to a sprain knee right before the Round Rock Regional those things that go unnoticed became very visible. His offense – .278 batting average 8 home runs and 46 runs batted – just his mere presence in the line up gives this team confidence. His defense – six errors in 56 games- makes the opposing team conscience of him behind the plate. Backing Preston up will be heir apparent Freshman Cameron Rupp. Cameron is a big young man that reminds me more of a Taylor Teagarden and Rupp will be able to continue this long line of outstanding catchers that eventually go on to the MLB.
Cal-State Fullerton Media Relations department has put out a press release previewing the Titans 2008 season. This will be the first season under new head coach Dave Serrano who takes over for George Horton who left for Oregon during the offseason. Serrano was named the 2007 Baseball America National Coach of the year after bringing UC-Irvine to the CWS. The full preview is available here.
We continue with the final post out of a three post series previewing the Texas Longhorns written by Djbfootball. The first article in the series is available here and the second is available here.
The schedule this year was put together with the thought of getting these younger pitchers some good quality innings in before the conference starts. The first series of importance will be opening day. Texas starts the year with a home date with the VCU Rams, then they go to Houston for the Houston College Classic for games against Tennessee, Rice and Houston, followed up with a home series against a struggling Stanford team. The BIG 12 conference season starts with a home series with an improving Kansas Jayhawk team on March 14. Then mark your calendar for April 11; this will be a HUGE series with the Missouri Tigers in Columbia for the BIG 12 lead. Texas finishes the season with two of the better teams in the league with Baylor and A&M.
Doug Kroll of CSTV.com and has compiled a list of the top five second baseman for the 2008 season. His top five 2nd Basemen are;
1) David Adams from Virginia, batted .372 for the season and his fielding % was a slick .973 with only 7 errors on the season.
2) Brandon Turner play for the Bulldogs of Mississippi State. He played in 55 games and started in 51. Brandon batted a cool .399 and had a fielding % 937 with 11 errors last year.
3) Aaron Luna seems like he has been at Rice forever. Aaron is entering his 3rd year at Rice and last year he batted .315 and had a fielding % 976 with only 4 errorrs.
4) Jemile Weeks plays for the Miami Hurricanes. Jamile batted .298 and had a fielding % of .974.
5) Alden Carrithers led the UCLA Bruins in batting with a .352 batting avg. His fielding % was a .964 with 9 errors for the season.
For the the full articles from Doug Kroll click HERE.
FROM PRESS RELEASE
LINCOLN, Neb. – In a year when pitching has a solid chance of being dominant, the eighth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason 2008 All-America team reflects the plethora of mound aces returning for the upcoming campaign. Continue reading
FROM PRESS RELEASE
Lubbock, Texas – Pedro Alvarez of Vanderbilt, Ryan Lavarnway of Yale, Kyle Russell of Texas and Brett Wallace of Arizona State highlight the list of players named to the pre-season release of the 2008 Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award Watch List.
“After a great fall baseball season, we can see that the talent level in college baseball will once again be great. We have several from last year’s Wallace Watch that we will continue to follow, and we look forward to tracking the new additions as well”, said Raymond Richardson, Chair of Brooks Wallace National Player of the Year Award Committee. Continue reading
We are starting up with our previews of the 2008 season. We have broken down the top five pitchers in the country. Stay tuned for more previews of the upcoming season as the season gets closer.
Aaron Crow, Jr. Missouri
Crow was named the top pitching prospect in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League this summer. Crow has a mid-90’s fastball with a plus slider and a solid cutter. Crow went 9-4 with a 3.59 last season but got bombed in the NCAA Tournament by Louisville as he let up seven runs in 2/3 of an inning.
Jacob Thompson, Jr. Virginia
Thompson had a breakout season in 2007 where he led the Virginia Cavaliers to the NCAA Tournament. He had a perfect 11-0 record with a 1.50 ERA. Thompson has a low 90’s fastball with downward action on it with a solid curveball. Thompson pitched over the summer for the USA National Team where he got a chance to pitch in the Pan Am Games. He went 1-2 with a 1.27 ERA in 21.1 innings. He was shutdown after the Pan-Am Games to rest his arm for the 2008 season.
Brian Matusz, Jr. San Diego
Matusz is a 6’4 left handed power pitcher for the University of San Diego baseball program. In 2007, He led the Toreros to the number 1 seed in the San Diego regional with a 10-3 record with a 2.85 ERA. He also struck out 163 strikeouts in 123 innings. He pitched for the USA National Team this summer where he compiled a 3-1 record with a 1.33 ERA in four starts. He was also shut down for the summer after the Pan-Am Games to rest his arm.
Kyle Gibson, So. Missouri
Gibson is a 6’5 right handed sinker ball pitcher who was named the number 3 overall prospect in the Cape Cod League by Baseball America and number 9 by Perfect Game. He lead the Missouri Tigers with help from Aaron Crow to the NCAA Tournament as he had a 8-3 record with a 4.12 ERA as he served as the closer with seven saves. He is expected to make the move to the rotation in 2008 and give the Tigers two legitimate aces on the staff.
Ryan Perry, Jr. Arizona
Perry dazzled scouts in the Cape Cod League with a mid-90’s fastball which hit 97 on some guns over the summer. He struggled in 2007 with the Arizona Wildcats as he went 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA. Perry was recovering from a January 2007 accident when he crashed his motorcycle going over 80 MPH without a helmet on which he walked away with a broken non-throwing arm. Perry pitched in 18 games coming out of the bullpen while picking up four saves. His record for the CCBL season was only 1-2 with a 4.15 ERA. He is expected to become an impact player in the Pac-10 for the 2008 season.
The College Baseball Blog would like to thank Cape Prospects for providing the videos for some of the pitchers.
Rivals has released their positional rankings for the 2008 season. The top ranked catcher in the country is Buster Posey of Florida State. They ranked Jacob Thompson as the top pitcher in the country and will get no argument from me as I had the chance to see him in 2007 dominate Boston College. The full rankings are available by clicking here.