We continue the list today with number 16 in our countdown with Sophomore RHP Sonny Gray. He is from Smyrna, Tennessee where he attended Smyrna High School. He went 4-0 with a 0.79 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 35 innings while hitting .518 including three home runs during senior campaign. Heading into the 2008 MLB Draft, he was ranked as the No. 52 draft prospect by Baseball America and the 67th best draft prospect by Perfect Game. He was selected in the 27th round by the Chicago Cubs but decided to honor his commitment to Vanderbilt.
The College Baseball Blog kicks off our 2010 Season Previews with the ACC Coastal Division. The North Carolina Tar Heels won the division title in the 2009 season by going 19-10 while Georgia Tech finished in second place with a 17-10-1 record. Miami (FL) came in third with a 18-12 record while Virginia finished in fourth at 16-11-1. Duke finished in fifth place at 15-15 while Virginia Tech finished in last place with a 12-17 record.
We continue the list today with number 17 in our countdown with junior catcher Blake Forsythe from Tennessee. He is Memphis, Tennessee and attended Christian Brothers High School where he played under Buster Kelso. He had an outstanding senior season where he hit .433 with 53 RBI and a school record 13 home runs. He also led the state with 50 walks. He was named to the All-America and All-Region by ABCA.
We continue the list today with number 21 in our countdown with Rick Hague from Rice. He is from Spring Texas and attended Klein Collins High School. He picked up honorable mention Louisville Slugger High School All-American as a senior while also being named MVP of the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association 4A-5A All-Star Game.
We continue the list today with number 24 in our countdown with Texas Tech RHP Chad Bettis. He is from Lubbock Texas and attended Lubbock Monterey High School. In his senior season, he posted a 1.11 ERA and an 11-2 record in 88 innings of work and 12 starts while striking out 109 batters and only allowed 11 walks and 14 earned runs. He received many awards including being selected to the Texas Sports Writers First-Team All-State list, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s South Plains Player of the Year recipient, THSBCA All-Star, First-Team All-State, District 2-5A Most Valuable Player, First-Team All-District, and Louisville Slugger High School All-American honorable mention honors. He was selected by the Houston Astros in the 2007 MLB Draft in the eighth round but decided to attend Texas Tech.
We continue the list today with number 26 in our countdown with UCLA sophomore RHP Trevor Bauer. He is from Valencia California and attended Hart High School. He ended up picking up two letters as he had an outstanding junior season which saw him go 12-0 with a 0.79 ERA while striking out 106 batters and walking 15 in 70.2 innings. As a junior, he earned first-team All-CIF Southern Section Division I honors and first-team All-Southern Section accolades from the California Baseball Coaches Association (CBCA).
We continue the list today with number 37 in our countdown with Auburn junior infielder Hunter Morris. He is from Huntsville Alabama where he attended Grissom High School where he was a five year letterwinner for Adam Moseley. He had a career .470 average with 46 homers and 198 RBI. In his senior season, Morris hit .476 as a senior with 13 home runs and 44 RBI while scoring 67 runs. He won several awards including a four-time Huntsville City Player of the Year, North Alabama Super Metro Player of the Year and Alabama 6A All-State Player. He was also named an All-American by AFLAC, Rawlings, BCA and PlayStation.The Boston Red Sox selected him in the second round of the 2008 MLB Draft but could not come to agreement with him.
We continue the list today with number 39 in our countdown with Miami switch hitting junior catcher Yasmani Grandal. He is from Miami where he attended Miami Springs High School. As a senior, he hit .447 with 48 RBI and 13 HRs as he was named Miami Herald’s Class 6A Hitter of the Year, AFLAC High School All-American, and a second team ABCA/Rawlings High School All-American. Baseball America named him the 19th best high school prospect heading into the 2007 MLB Draft. The Boston Red Sox selected him in the 27th round but could not come to terms with him.
The College Baseball Blog continues our series of interviews with coaches from around the nation. We check in today with Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell who is entering his fourth season in charge of the program. He had a magical run in the 2007 season leading the Cardinals to the College World Series in his first campaign. He led them back to the tournament in 2008 while bringing them in 2009 to the Fullerton Super Regional. Dan spent the summer of 2009 as an assistant coach with the USA Collegiate National Team where they went 19-5.
We continue the list today with number 41 in our countdown with FSU junior outfielder Tyler Holt. He is from Gainesville Florida where he attended Gainesville High School. He won four letters from GHS where he had an outstanding career. He picked up third team All-State as a freshman, second team All-State as a junior, and first team All-State as a sophomore and senior. His senior season saw him have an outstanding campaign where he had a .608 average with six homers, 42 RBI, and 32 stolen bases. Holt was also solid off the field holding down a 3.6 GPA in high school including being a member of the Spanish Honor Society and National Honor Society.