Tag Archives: 2014 Top Players

2014 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 46. Skye Bolt (North Carolina)

SkyeBoltWe continue the countdown today with number 46, UNC outfielder Skye Bolt. In his freshman campaign with the Tar heels, Bolt impressed the coaches with his switch-hitting ability and raw power from both sides of the plate. The 6’2 rookie show great athleticism in the field, equipped with a strong and accurate arm. Bolt played and started in 54 games during the 2013 season and posted a .321 average which was good for fourth on the squad. The freshman outfielder quickly adjusted to the high competition collecting 68 hits, 6 HR and 51 RBI in his first year. Continue reading

2014 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 47. Taylor Sparks (UC Irvine)

TaylorSparksUCIrvineWe continue the countdown today with number 47, UC Irvine INF Taylor Sparks. In his sophomore season with the Eaters, Sparks had a very impressive season starting in every game at third base. The 6’4” infielder finished second on the team in batting average (.360) and led the Eaters offense with 50 RBI. Sparks was voted a Collegiate Baseball “Louisville Slugger” third-team All-American and became just the second Anteater to earn Big West Field Player of the Year honors after leading the Big West in slugging at .581, total bases with 129 and tied for first with 10 home runs, which also tied for third-best in the UCI single-season records. Ranked 52nd in the nation in total bases and 61st in slugging, the third baseman led the Anteaters this season with 80 hits and 50 RBI. In the 27-game conference slate, Sparks led the Big West in batting (.422), slugging (.697), hits (46), RBI (32), home runs (7) and total bases (76). Continue reading

2014 CBD Top 100 Players: 48. Kyle Wilcox (Bryant)

KyleWilcox2We continue the countdown today with number 48, Bryant RHP Kyle Wilcox. In his freshman campaign with the Bulldogs, Wilcox proved that he had what it took to perform at the Division 1 level. With a fastball that topped out at 97 mph during 2013, the right hander quickly became a player of interest within the NEC. Wilcox appeared in 15 games out of the bullpen for the Black and Gold, throwing in 13 innings while posting a 6.23 ERA. Despite starting off shaky in his first appearance, the freshman responded with countless scoreless innings holding opponents to a .269 average. Continue reading

2014 NCBWA Preseason All-Americans

FROM NCBWA PRESS RELEASE

NCBWA LogoFORT WORTH, Texas – With solid representation from defending baseball champion, UCLA, and 2013 runner-up, Mississippi State, the 14th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason All-America team premiers the top student-athletes from NCAA Division I, which opens the season in less than two months – on Feb. 14, 2014. Continue reading

2014 CBD Top Players: 49. Nathan Kirby (Virginia)

NathanKirbyWe continue the countdown today with number 49, Virginia LHP Nathan Kirby. In a stellar freshman campaign with the Cavaliers, Kirby was fourth on the staff by appearing in 24 games with 32.2 innings pitched. During the 2013 season the south paw pitched to a 4-1 record posting a 6.06 ERA and showed great command of the zone only allowing 13 walks the entire season. Kirby had the opportunity to start in two games but found success coming out of the bullpen for the Cavaliers, throwing countless shutout innings in 2013. Continue reading

2014 CBD Top 100 Players Countdown: 50. Casey Gillaspie (Wichita State)

GillaspieWichitaStateWe continue the countdown today with number 50, Wichita State first baseman Casey Gillaspie. In his sophomore season with the Shockers, Gillaspie started 62 games at first base, three at DH and one in right field as he played a huge role in the success of the program. In 66 games the 6’4” switch hitter posted a .299 average with 49 runs, 70 hits, 16 doubles, 11 HR, 46 RBI and 62 walks. His efforts on the field got him named to the second team All-Valley as well as the Valley all-defensive team. Continue reading

2014 CBD Top 100 Players Countdown: 51. Ben Smith (Coastal Carolina)

BenSmithCCUWe continue the countdown today with number 51, Coastal Carolina LHP Ben Smith. In his sophomore season with the Chanticleers, Smith played an important part of Coastal’s success in the 2013 season. As part of the starting rotation, the southpaw made 16 starts combining for 92.2 IP which was good for most on the team. Standing at 6’2”, Smith posted a 5-4 record with a 2.23 ERA as he helped the Chanticleers to a 37-23 record. Smith also led the team with 83 strikeouts and held opponents to a .219 batting average. Continue reading

2014 CBD Top 100 Players Countdown: 52. Colin Poche (Arkansas)

ColinPocheArkansasWe continue the countdown today with number 52, Arkansas LHP Colin Poche. In an impressive freshman campaign with the Razorbacks, Poche posted a 3-0 record with a 1.37 ERA. The talented south paw collected 19.2 innings of work, making eight appearances while holding opponents to a .176 batting average. In five starts, Poche improved to a 3-0 record, earning the win against Mississippi Valley State and tying a season high with six strikeouts in four hitless innings. Continue reading

2014 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 55. Branden Cogswell (Virginia)

BrandenCogswellUVAWe continue the countdown today with number 55, Virginia shortstop Branden Cogswell. In his sophomore campaign with the Cavaliers, Cogswell found himself at the top of the lineup where he started the first 47 games. In 182 at bats, the rising junior posted an impressive .346 average with 63 hits, 55 runs and 22 RBI. The 6’2” infielder recorded 20 multiple hit games despite missing the last 15 games due to an injury. Cogswell played a huge part in the Cavaliers success in 2013 and his efforts on the diamond got him selected to the Second-Team All-ACC as well as named to the watch list for the Wallace Award which is given to the nation’s top shortstop. Continue reading

2014 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 56. Sam Coonrod (Southern Illinois)

SamCoonrodWe continue the countdown today with number #56, Southern Illinois RHP Sam Coonrod. In his sophomore campaign with the Salukis, Coonrod showed dominance on the mound, proving that he had the stuff to be an elite starting pitcher in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC). The 6’1” right-hander made 15 starts during the 2013 season and recorded 79.2 innings which was good for 10th in the MVC. Coonrod quickly filled a weekend starting spot and it was for good reason. The sophomore pitched to a 4.29 ERA and finished 8th in the conference with 68 strikeouts. Coonrod finished the Salukis 2013 season with a 3-6 record and also received the Commissioner’s Academic Excellence Award for his hard work in the classroom. Continue reading