Frankie Piliere, National MLB Anaylst for Fanhouse.com recently had the chance to attend the pitching showdown on Saturday night between LSU’s Anthony Ranaudo and UConn’s Matt Barnes. Frankie thought that Anthony Ranaudo would be the story as he was selected by the Boston Red Sox with the 39th overall selection. He ended up going 6.2 innings allowing only one hit and striking out eight batters. He is down the cape to raise his signing bonus with the Red Sox as he is looking for Top 10 money as he entered the 2010 College Baseball season as our top ranked player in the country before coming down with some injuries. (FULL ARTICLE)
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
OMAHA, Neb. – Miami (Fla.) catcher Yasmani Grandal, Mississippi pitcher Drew Pomeranz and Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon have been named as finalists for the 2010 Dick Howser Trophy in balloting by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and in conjunction with the College Baseball Foundation, the Dick Howser Trophy committee and the St Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.
The winner of the Howser Trophy will be announced in Lubbock, Texas, on July 2, during the College Baseball Awards Show, held at the United Spirit Arena and shown on MLB.com. The nationally broadcasted event will follow the College Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 1 in Lubbock.
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
Irvine, Calif. — Texas relief pitcher Chance Ruffin is the 2010 recipient of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s Stopper of the Year Award, the NCBWA announced Saturday in Omaha on the opening day of the College World Series.
Ruffin ranks second in the nation with a microscopic 1.11 earned run average, which was the Longhorns’ lowest single-season ERA since 1982 and fifth best all-time. The junior from Austin, Texas, compiled a 6-1 record and 14 saves and fanned 97 batters in just 64.2 innings.
FROM NCBWA RELEASE
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Several candidates for the prestigious Dick Howser Trophy highlight the 15th Annual Pro-Line Athletic National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-America Team announced Wednesday.
Among the 58 standouts on the three units, there are student-athletes from 20 different conferences and 11 conference championships teams. The three All-America squads are also made up of 14 conference Players of the Year and 11 conference Pitchers of the Year winners.
FROM USA BASEBALL
DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced Tuesday the names of the five finalists for the 2010 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award (GSA). This year will mark the 33rd consecutive year that the Golden Spikes Award will be presented to the nation’s premier amateur baseball player.
Chris Duffy, IF/OF, Central Florida; Yasmani Grandal, C, Miami (Fla.); Bryce Harper, C/IF/OF, Southern Nevada; Drew Pomeranz, LHP, Mississippi; and Chris Sale, LHP, Florida Gulf Coast round out the five finalists.
FROM USA BASEBALL RELEASE
(DURHAM, N.C.) – USA Baseball announced Tuesday the names of the 30 semifinalists for the 2010 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award (GSA). This year will mark the 33rd consecutive year that the award has been presented to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.
Today also marks the third year in a row that GoldenSpikesAward.com – powered by MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball – will be the online home for the award. The Web site features content devoted exclusively to the GSA, including news, voting history, past-winner photo galleries, and photographs and video highlights for the 2010 semifinalists. Fans can follow online at GoldenSpikesAward.com as the list of 30 players is narrowed to five finalists on Tuesday, June 8, en route to the announcement of this year’s winner on Tuesday, July 13.
MLB.com writer Jonathan Mayo has an excellent article on Miami catcher Yasmani Grandal who is positioning himself as the top catching prospect in the 2010 MLB Draft that is coming up in about 2 weeks. Grandal was recently named the 2010 ACC Player of the year as he is currently hitting .431 with 14 homers and 56 RBI.
Assistant editor Mark Rafferty sent me a message asking if Bryce Harper was going to win the Golden Spikes award. My first response to him was that there was no way that a junior college player would win the Golden Spikes award. Come to find out, Alex Fernandez picked up the Golden Spikes award in 1990 out of Miami-Dade Community College.
FROM COLLEGE BASEBALL FOUNDATION RELEASE
LUBBOCK, Texas — The quarterfinalists for the Brooks Wallace Shortstop of the Year Award were released today by the College Baseball Foundation. The revised list features 25 of the nation’s finest shortstops.
The Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, recognizes the nation’s top shortstop and will be presented on July 2 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the College Baseball Awards Show.