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College Baseball Foundation 2010 Pitcher of the Year Watch List


CBFPitchingoftheYear LUBBOCK, Texas — The College Baseball Foundation announced today the quarterfinalists for the 2010 Pitcher of the Year Award. The list features 25 of the nation’s finest Division I pitchers.

“It’s been really exciting to see the numbers these pitchers have put up all year,” said Justin Knowles, Pitcher of the Year committee co-chair.

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USA Baseball releases updated 2010 Golden Spikes Award Watch List


GoldenSpikesAward DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball released an updated 60-man Golden Spikes Award Watch List Tuesday, bringing the organization one step closer to identifying the top amateur baseball player in the country.  Sponsored by Major League Baseball, the 33rd annual Golden Spikes Award will be presented in 2010 on Tuesday, July 13, at the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest in Anaheim, Calif.

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CBB Column: Joe Leonard Setting the Pace for Pitt

JoeLeonardPitt When asked about his Pittsburgh Panthers’ 12-3 run so far this season, junior third baseman Joe Leonard gave a clear reason for their success. “Hitting is contagious.”

If Leonard’s statement is correct, than he’s the one setting the lead. Leonard is having an outstanding year for the Panthers, with a .455 batting percentage, along with a team leading 56 RBIs. His Panthers sit at second in the Big East, a spot not many within the conference expected them to be in the pre-season.

“All year, we have been hitting the ball well,” explained Leonard about the team’s performance. “If one guy has a bad at bat, we can pick it up and make it up for the team.”

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NCBWA 2010 Stopper of the Year Award Midseason Watch List


Irvine, Calif. (NCBWA) — Forty-five players have been named to the midseason watch list for the sixth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball, as announced by the association Thursday.

Leading the elite field with a nation-best 11 saves is Virginia’s Kevin Arico.  The junior right-hander owns a 2.37 ERA and had registered 27 strikeouts in 19.0 innings pitched.

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Taylor Lewis impresses at Maine

TaylorLewisMaine Adam Clark of The Maine Campus has an excellent look at Taylor Lewis of the Black Bears baseball program. Lewis is a sophomore centerfielder who turned down an offer from Boston College to play football to head to Orono to play baseball under Steve Trimper. Lewis has not disappointed yet as he leads the league in batting average (.417), hits (50), runs (38), RBIs (35), triples (9), total bases (88), on-base percentage (.486), slugging percentage (.733) and stolen bases (16). He also ranks near the top in doubles (8 – fourth), walks (15 – fourth) and home runs (4 – sixth).

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Deck McGuire: Possible #1 Overall Pick by the Nationals?

Deck McGuire has been gaining more and more attention after going undrafted in 2007 out of high school. In addition to last year’s achievements of winning the ACC Pitcher of the Year and being named to multiple All-American teams, McGuire is now being profiled as a possible alternative for the Nationals in the #1 draft position.

Bryce Harper has been slated in that position since the moment he entered Junior College, making him eligible a year early, but Zach Berman of the Washington Post lists McGuire as an alternative. Berman compares McGuire to John Lackey, and gets the opinion of many from University of Virginia, including Brian O’Connor.

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Choice overcomes Stigma

MichaelChoiceUTA One of the things that has changed in the baseball world over the last few years is the lack of African-Americans playing the sport. Michael Choice of UT-Arlington is trying to change that as he is leading the Mavericks with a .388 average, 11 homers, and 30 RBI. I had him ranked as the 13th best player in the country during the preseason.

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MTSU’s Brentz to miss 3 Weeks

BryceBrentzMTSU According to a report by Aaron Fitt of Baseball America, Bryce Brentz will miss the next 2-3 weeks with a fracture in his right ankle. He substained the injury during warmups last week for a game on Friday against South Alabama. He will not be traveling with the team this weekend to Florida Atlantic as he will stay in Murfreesboro to get treatment.

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Matt Purke Enjoying His Time At TCU

MattPurkeTCU This video comes from WFAA-TV in Dallas/Fort Worth of top Freshman Matt Purke for TCU.  The piece explores Matt’s upbringing and idiosyncrasies out on the mound, and why he turned down first round money from the Rangers to develop his game at TCU.

For those who haven’t been able to get out to Lupton Stadium to see Purke first hand, you’ll get a preview of a player you could see highlighted in Omaha for the next two seasons.  Purke is 3-0 in 6 starts with a 4.06 ERA and a K/9 of 11.

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