EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State baseball coach Jake Boss Jr. announced the addition of seven student-athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent and will report to campus this fall. The summer signees include: Dane Frazier (Mattawan, Mich.), Bryce Jenney (Northville, Mich.), John Martinez (Auburn Hills, Mich.), Chad Nielsen (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Trey Popp (Kalamazoo, Mich.), Chase Rihtarchik (Rochester Hills, Mich.) and Joe Zwierzynski (Crystal Lake, Ill.). The freshman class for the fall of 2009 will number 14 student-athletes, as the seven who recently signed join the previously-announced seven that committed in November 2008.
Freshman left handed pitcher Kyle Long (son of NFL Hall of Famer Howie Long and brother of NFL player Chris Long) has withdrawn from Florida State University after falling behind academically. Long was also a highly touted offensive lineman out of high school but decided to stick to baseball only with his imposing 6’7 and 280 pound frame. He had a .500 batting average with two homers and 24 stolen bases while posting an ERA of 1.91 with 95 strikeouts in 50 innings at St. Anne’s Belfield High School. He was named the 2008 All-Central Virginia Player of the Year. This is a huge loss for the Seminoles as Long was expected to make an immediate impact as on the mound for the Noles. We should see how this impacts the race for the ACC Title in 2009. Continue reading →
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac University baseball Head Coach Dan Gooley has announced the signing of six players to National Letters of Intent to attend Quinnipiac next fall. Connecticut natives George Dummar, III (Branford, Conn.), Spencer Kane (Wolcott, Conn.), Kevin Castodio (Pawcatuck, Conn.) and Alex Russow (Milford, Conn.) in addition to Derek Lamacchia (White Stone, N.Y.) and Tom Donovan (Marshfield, Mass.) will suit up for the Bobcats next season.
“We are very excited to have all six of these young men joining the Quinnipiac family,” Gooley said. “All of them have had great scholastic success, both on the field and in the classroom. We look forward to their contributions here at Quinnipiac.” Continue reading →
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
MILWAUKEE – Head coach Scott Doffek has announced 11 more additions to the roster of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team for the upcoming season. The group brings the total number of newcomers for the 2009 season to 14 – one of the largest groups in recent memory. Continue reading →
Baseball America writer Aaron Fitt has put out his rankings of the Top 25 Recruiting Classes for 2009. It is led by Arizona State even though they lost seven recruits to the MLB draft headlined by Eric Hosmer. Fitt states that Arizona State has the best group of transfers and freshmen to replace the likes of Brett Wallace and Ike Davis. The top five is rounded out by Vanderbilt, Georgia, Kentucky, and Florida. The biggest shocks in the top 25 are the Oregon Ducks ranked in the tenth spot and Duke coming in at 25th only one spot below Florida State. Continue reading →
I attended one of Keith Landers of St. Peter Marian High School in Worcester MA when he took on Westboro High School. We were able to check out his pitching style which was impressive for a 6’6 lefthander from Massachusetts. He ended up featuring a 89-91 MPH fastball with a decent curveball that he could not control during the start we saw him. He ended up being drafted in the 18th round by the Baltimore Orioles but decided to attend the University of Louisville where he will be a freshman during the upcoming season. We have two videos of him available after the jump. Continue reading →
The College Baseball Newspaper released their rankings for the Top Recruiting classes for the 2009 season. It is led by Arizona State University for the third time in the 26th year existence of the rankings. They will welcome a 20 recruit class to Tempe in the spring with 15 incoming freshmen and 5 junior college transfers. Out of the 20 recruits, 13 of them were selected in the 2008 MLB Draft. Oregon comes in second place in the rankings with their 30 recruits joining George Horton in Eugene for the return of UO baseball. Vanderbilt, Arkansas, and Georgia round out the Top 5. Continue reading →
The Cal-State Bakersfield University baseball team will begin play in 2009 under Bill Kernan. The team will be compromised of 12 incoming juniors with 13 freshmen coming into the program. The juniors are all transfers from Junior Colleges around the west coast and the incoming freshmen class is highly regarded around the College Baseball world. Continue reading →
The Long Beach Press Telegram writer Bob Keisser has written an article previewing the 15 new faces around the Long Beach State program in 2009 and a potential lineup. The biggest name in the group is former Miami (FL) corner infielder Joey Terdoslavich who will be sitting out the 2009 season due to the new transfer rules. Andrew Gagnon who was selected in the 10th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates turned down a sizable bonus to play for the Dirtbags. He went 8-3 with a 1.58 ERA with Liberty High School in California. He should be able to compete for a spot in the starting rotation right away. Continue reading →