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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

2014 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 57. Patrick Mazeika (Stetson)

PatrickMazeickWe continue the countdown today with number 57, Stetson catcher/first baseman Patrick Mazeika. In an impressive freshman campaign with the Hatters, Mazeika finished the season leading the team in seven offensive categories. The 6’3” lefty was almost impossible to get out at the plate as his team leading stats spoke for themselves. Mazeika led the Hatters in batting average (.382), hits (81), Homeruns (3), RBI (33), slugging percentage (.495) and on-base percentage (.488). The talented freshman tore up Atlantic Sun pitching, leading the league with a .439 average through conference play. Due to his notable play on the diamond, Mazeika earned multiple freshmen All-America and Atlantic Sun Honors including; Collegiate Baseball Louisville Slugger, A-Sun Conference freshman of the Year, A-Sun All-Conference 1st team and NCBWA Freshman All-America 1st team. Continue reading

2014 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 58. Adam Dian (Temple)

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AdamDianTempleWe continue the countdown today with number 58, Temple RHP Adam Dian. In his sophomore campaign with the Owls, Dian appeared in 11 games, allowing only 17 hits and six walks. The right-hander pitched 19.1 innings and posted a 2.65 ERA with 19 strikeouts. With potential to play at the next level, Dian has a solid pitchers build standing at 6’4” 225 pounds. His power arm has him on many people’s watch lists as the 2014 season approaches. Continue reading

2014 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 59. Mike Papi (Virginia)

MikePapiWe continue the countdown today with number 59, Virginia OF/1B Mike Papi. In his sophomore season with the Cavaliers, Papi worked his way into the lineup starting 47 of the 55 games he played in. The 6’3” outfielder was named the ACC’s 2013 batting champion with an impressive .381 average and also led the league in on-base percentage (.517) and finished second in slugging (.619). Papi was a threat at the plate, reaching base safely in 47 of the 55 games. The First Team All-American was also named to the All-ACC First Team and earned an invitation to compete for a spot on the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. Continue reading

CBD Top 100 Countdown: 60. Kevin Newman (Arizona)

KevinNewmanWe continue the countdown today with number 60, Arizona SS Kevin Newman. In his freshman campaign with the Wildcats, Newman was named the starting shortstop and played in all 55 games in the 2013 schedule. The slick handed infielder finished an impressive rookie season with a .336 batting average which was good for 4th on the team and No. 11 in the PAC-12. Newman also collected 73 hits and 42 RBI which was good for 3rd in the Wildcats lineup. Defensively, Newman had an outstanding season as a rookie. He finished the 2013 season with a .975 fielding percentage and collected a team-leading 164 assists and helped the Wildcats turn 45 double plays. Additionally, Newman was the only freshman position player named to the PAC-12 All-Conference team. Continue reading

2014 Top 100 Countdown: 61. Christin Stewart (Tennessee)

ChristinStewartWe continue the countdown today with number 61, Tennessee outfielder Christin Stewart. In his freshman campaign with the Vols, Stewart did not waste any time as he went 2-4 with three RBI and a homerun in his college debut against UNLV. The 6’0” outfielder played in 46 games in the 2013 season getting 43 starts in the outfield. In 145 AB, Stewart was able to post a .310 average while compiling 45 hits, 27 RBI and .414 OBP. Stewart signed with the Volunteers to add a spark to their lineup offensively and he didn’t disappoint. The rookie showed great poise on the diamond and quickly became an everyday outfielder at UT. Continue reading

2014 CBD Top 100 Countdown: 62. Tate Matheny (Missouri State)

TateMathenyWe continue the countdown today with number 62, Missouri State outfielder Tate Matheny. In his freshman campaign with the Bears, Matheny quickly became a standout as he wasted no time making an impact in the field and at the plate. The 6’0” outfielder played in all 54 games for the Bears and during that time was able to lead the team in almost every offensive category. Matheny was named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America and the Missouri Valley Conference after hitting .336 with 77 hits and a .459 slugging percentage. In doing so he became the 4th MSU player in the last five years to be named the Conference Freshman of the year. Continue reading

CBD Top 100 Countdown: 63. Sam Travis (Indiana)

Baseball, head shots, 09/12/12_Mike DickberndWe continue the countdown today with number 63, Indiana third baseman Sam Travis. In his sophomore campaign with the Hoosiers, Travis started all 65 games in a tough Big Ten schedule. During the 2013 season the 6’0” infielder batted an impressive .316 and ranked second in the Big Ten with 22 doubles, 57 RBI, 10 homeruns, 133 total bases and 39 walks. Travis earned a Second Team All-Big Ten selection and helped lead the Hoosiers to their first College World Series appearance in program history. Along the way the third baseman earned Most Outstanding Player awards at both the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA Bloomington Regional. Continue reading

CBD Top 100 Countdown: 64. Kyle Overstreet (Alabama)

MBAWe continue the countdown today with number 64, Alabama infielder Kyle Overstreet. In his freshman campaign with the Crimson Tide, Overstreet started all 63 games at second base. The talented infielder finished the season with a .271 average with 37 RBI and 64 hits. Overstreet’s impressive play during the 2013 season earned him a handful of accolades including the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, SEC All-Freshman Team and the Tallahassee Regional All-Tournament Team. At second base, the 6’1” freshman turned 67 double plays which was a mark that led the SEC and ranked second all-time in Roll Tide single-season history. Continue reading

CBD Top 100 Countdown: 65. Matt Chapman (Cal State Fullerton)

MattChapmanFullertonWe continue the countdown today with number 65, Cal State Fullerton infielder Matt Chapman. In his sophomore season with the Titans, Chapman started in 53 games at third base. During the 2013 season the infielder batted .285 with 53 hits, 41 runs scored and 37 RBI. His success on the diamond got Chapman named to the Fullerton All-Regional Team as well as the Big West Conference Second Team. The 6’2” third baseman was a permanent fixture in the three spot for the Titans due to his raw power and confidence at the plate. Continue reading