The 2009 Major League Baseball Draft will be the first of it’s kind. The commissioner’s office released a statement today saying this year’s draft will be held at 6 P.M. on June 9 at the studios of the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey.
The first day will include the first three rounds plus two compensation rounds, totaling 111 picks. Continue reading
Here are some of the best links from around the country.
The first article comes from Katie Dowd of The Daily Cal who has a Game 3 recap of the Arizona State and Cal series that took place over the weekend. The next article comes from Bill Hass of theACC.com who looks at Deck McGuire of Georgia Tech. The final article comes from Fanhouse which looks at Stephen Strasburg’s great season. Continue reading
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
Birmingham, Ala. (NCBWA) — Forty-five relief pitchers are included on the midseason watch list for the fifth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, the association announced Thursday. The award is given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I college baseball. Continue reading
Stephen Strasburg entered the 2009 campaign as the top player in the country by many publications including this one. (LINK) Hehasn’t disappointed anyone as he has dominated college baseball through the first six weeks of the season. The biggest issue that could come to hurt him is his adviser Scott Boras. Multiple teams in MLB do not deal with Scott Boras clients especially in the first round due to high contract demands. According to a report in Sports Illustrated, Boras is looking to ask for 50 million over six seasons. Continue reading
Stephen Strasburg has become a living legend in the college baseball world with his unbelievable start to the season. He is currently 4-0 in five starts while having 74 strikeouts in 34.1 innings of work. The College Baseball Blog named Strasburg as our top College Baseball player coming into the season. (Check out our profile of him by clicking here.) Our good buddies over at Project Prospect also named him as the top collegiate player in their recent draft board. (Click here for the Latest Draft board and Click here for the Project Prospect profile of Strasburg.) Continue reading
LOS ANGELES – Heated rivals Japan and Korea met Monday night at Dodger Stadium with the World Baseball Classic championship on the line.
But it wasn’t even the most important baseball game played in Los Angeles.
The city’s bragging rights were at stake a mere six miles away, as USC hosted archrival UCLA in the rubber match of a three-game set at Dedeaux Field. The Bruins had won Saturday’s contest 14-4, while the Trojans responded with a 5-1 Sunday. Continue reading
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission announced the official watch list for the 2009 Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award delivered by Papa John’s Pizza. Forty-four catchers were nominated for the award by their coaches. Because the award is given annually to the top division one collegiate catcher, the list will be updated to include other candidates until May 4, 2009. Continue reading
Our good friends over at Project Prospect recently did a profile on Missouri starting pitcher Kyle Gibson. (TCBB’s Profile) He is an interesting case as he has some outstanding talent but has struggled off and on during his collegiate career.Currently, Kyle is 2-1 with a 1.29 ERA in three starts totaling 21 innings pitched. I have seen Gibson throw in person once and was less then impressed as I saw him give up five runs against a NECBL team in one inning. He has an excellent slider but it can be difficult for him to control. We have some great video of Gibson which is embedded after the jump from his season in the Cape Cod League. Continue reading
Junior third baseman Chris Dominguez of Louisville turned down a multi-million dollar offer last season from the Colorado Rockies after being selected in the fifth round. He believes that his decision to stay in school will raise his draft stock for the 2009 MLB draft which I tend to agree with. Continue reading
The College Baseball Blog for the second straight year will be naming a single Player of the Week and a Pitcher of the Week. This award is voted on by members of the staff here. We are always welcome to getting nominations from schools around the country. You can send your nominations to us by clicking here. This week we honor Dustin Ackley from North Carolina as our Player of the Week while Schaeffer Hall of Kansas was named our Pitcher of the Week. Continue reading