Colorado Springs, Colo. (NCBWA) — Five of college baseball’s top relief specialists have been selected as finalists for the ninth annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, the NCBWA announced Wednesday.
This year’s finalists include NCAA saves leader Tyler Rogers of Austin Peay along with David Berg of UCLA, Jonathan Holder of Mississippi State, Michael Lorenzen of Cal State Fullerton, and Jimmie Sherfy of Oregon. Continue reading
Here are some of the top news stories around the College Baseball World for today. Continue reading
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DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced Tuesday the names of the three finalists for the 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. This summer marks the 36th consecutive year that the GSA will be presented to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.
Tyler Beede, a sophomore right-handed pitcher from Vanderbilt; Kris Bryant a junior infielder from San Diego; and Colin Moran, a junior infielder out of North Carolina, received the most votes among 30 semifinalists last week, as voted on by a committee of more than 200 members. Continue reading
Oklahoma RHP Jonathan Gray failed an MLB pre-draft drug test for the stimulant Adderall this past weekend according to ESPN.com baseball insider Keith Law. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports stated that Gray was the only failed drug test out of the 200 players tested. Continue reading
FROM USA BASEBALL RELEASE
DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced Tuesday the names of the 30 semifinalists for the 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. This marks the 36th consecutive year that the award has been presented to the nation’s top amateur baseball player. Continue reading
As Mississippi State continued their excellent SEC Tournament run on Thursday evening, all eyes were on the Bulldog closer, Jonathan Holder as he took the mound in the bottom of the ninth.
The 6’2, right-handed pitcher was three outs away from securing the Bulldogs an off day on Friday and a place in Saturday afternoon’s game. Continue reading
Stanford starter Mark Appel has everything you’d expect from a potential number one overall pick.
An intimidating force on the mound, Appel stands 6’5 and weighs 215 pounds.
He is a polished pitcher with an arsenal that includes a fastball consistently clocked between 93-95 mph. At times, he has the ability to reach back and find that extra velocity that can make a pitcher special. Reports suggest Appel has reached 98-99 mph on occasion. In his start against Oregon last weekend, the radar gun had his top speed at 97. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Appel was still registering 93 mph. Continue reading
UCLA’s Adam Plutko is one of the top starting pitchers in the Pac-12.
The 6-foot-3, 192-pound right hander was selected in the sixth round by the Houston Astros in the 2010 MLB draft. However, Plutko turned down the Astros’ offers and enrolled at UCLA. Continue reading
Vanderbilt lefthander Kevin Ziomek was named the SEC Pitcher of the Week for the second straight week.
On Friday night, against No. 11 ranked Oregon, Ziomek struck out 13 hitters while only allowing two hits. He walked one in finishing off his second consecutive complete game. Continue reading
Most people know about Michael Conforto. He was the NCWBA Freshman of the Year, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and a member of the All Pac-12 First Team in 2012.
Conforto led the Beavers with a .349 average and finished tied for the Pac-12 lead in homeruns with 13. He set the all-time Oregon State record with 76 RBI, breaking the previous record of 67, in 2000, by Joe Gerber. Continue reading