Five pitchers and eight position players make up the University of Miami baseball program’s 2008 signing class, as announced by UM head coach Jim Morris on Tuesday. The 13-member signing class includes nine players from South Florida, one from Central Florida and three from the state of Texas.
With 10 freshmen and three junior college transfers, the 2008 signing class is expected to make a big impact on the field as early as the upcoming 2009 season. Five of the 13 signees were selected in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft, including Chris Herrmann (Tomball, Texas), who was taken in the 10th round by the Baltimore Orioles. In addition to Herrmann, Harold Martinez (Miami) was taken in the 19th round by the Baltimore Orioles, Taylor Wulf (Santa Fe, Texas) was chosen in the 29th round by the Atlanta Braves, Scott Lawson (Grapevine, Texas) was taken in the 40th round by the Houston Astros and Daniel Miranda (Miami) was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 50th round. Continue reading →
With the start of the 2008-09 academic year, a group of 16 athletes has arrived on the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi campus to join the Islander baseball program. Recently, head coach Scott Malone commented on each of the newcomers:
“Brett had a tremendous season at Wharton this past season. It was exciting to see Brett pitch at the top of the rotation all year. We hope he can make the transition to D1 and do the same for us.” Continue reading →
Gerritt Cole recently spurned the New York Yankees to start his collegiate career with the UCLA Bruins. He was the 28th overall pick in the 2008 Draft but could not come to terms with the 26 time World Champions. Continue reading →
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico State baseball head coach Rocky Ward announced, Monday, July 28 that he has signed three players from around the state that have the opportunity to make an immediate impact on the team.
Tomas Gutierrez joins the Aggies next season and is from Albuquerque, while Justin Cooper heads to Las Cruces from Roswell, N.M. where he played for Goddard High School and Jonathan Rodriguez, who hails from Carlsbad, N.M. joins both Gutierrez and Cooper in 2009.
LOWELL, MA (July 18, 2008) – Sophomore Matt Lawlor (Dracut, MA) and freshmen Patrick Devlin (Tewksbury, MA) and Vincent DePierro (Tewksbury, MA), each former Merrimack Valley Conference standouts, highlighted UMass Lowell’s 2008-09 incoming class, Head Coach Ken Harring announced Monday.
The class of 19 players – which includes 16 freshmen and three transfers – is the largest in Harring’s tenure as he enters his fifth season at UML.
The River Hawks are fresh of a 26-24 season (18-12 in the Northeast-10 Conference, tied for fourth) which saw them go 23-12 following a 3-12 start. UML advanced to the NE-10 Tournament before suffering an early exit at the hands of Pace University.
Biloxi’s B.A. Vollmuth figures to play a key role in Southern Miss’ bid to make a seventh consecutive appearance in an NCAA baseball regional next season.
The Golden Eagles finished 42-22 in 2008. They lost plenty of firepower in first baseman Trey Sutton, outfielder Drew Carson and third baseman Chris Matesich. Relief pitcher Tyler Conn, the nation’s leader in saves, also has moved on. Continue reading →
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.
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 →