I know we have some new followers around this site over the past few years. I am a supporter of the new draft system with a set signing deadline across board as it is better than the old system of having kids signing on their way to the first college class. Could it be better? Of course, but that is for discussion later. Here are some of my most interesting news and notes from the day. Continue reading 2011 MLB Signing Day Quick Thoughts
Tuesday was the second day of the 2011 MLB Draft. As always, players have been sliding from their projected draft spots which will either hurt their negotiating power or could return for a bigger bonus next season. Here are our Top 5 players that should return to college next year after sliding in the draft. Continue reading CBD Column: MLB Draft Should They Stay or Go?
College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2011 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the countdown today at number 28 with USC junior RHP Austin Wood. The Niceville, Florida native attended Niceville High School where he had a standout career. As a junior in high school, he went 6-2 with a 1.35 ERA in 13 appearances (11 starts). He was named a third team All-American and first team All-Region from Rawlings. He also was named honorable mention All-State. He was drafted in the 2008 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros in 36th round but decided to head to Florida State to play under Mike Martin Sr. Continue reading Top 100 Countdown: 28. Austin Wood (USC)
Frankie Pilere of Fanhouse.com continues to update his top prospects for the 2011 MLB Draft. He checks in today with his top 115 players that he believes has top four round talent. This is his list of player he has seen with his own eyes so there will be additions to the list in the coming months. He has put out two previous updates from July 3rd (FULL ARTICLE) and July 24th (FULL ARTICLE). You can check out the full list below. Frankie also includes comments on each player on his site which can be read by clicking here.
The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that longtime St. Petersburg College baseball coach Dave Pano has resigned after offering an improper scholarship to a student-athlete. Coach Pano had accumulated a 392-180-1 over 13 seasons. In 2005, he led the school to its first state title and a second-place finish at the JUCO World Series.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
Regular-season MVP Kolten Wong (Hawaii) and home run champion Jordan Ribera (Fresno State) lead the list of stars who were named to the 2010 Cape Cod Baseball League’s All-League team that was announced by commissioner Paul Galop this weekend.
A total of 24 players were selected to the elite team, with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox and the Orleans Firebirds each placing four on the squad. The lone representative from the Cape League champion Cotuit Kettleers is starting pitcher Austin Wood (St. Petersburg), who went 3-0 with a 0.74 ERA this season.
FROM CCBL RELEASE
“We didn’t know what would happen,” Y-D field manager Scott Pickler said. “That was our goal, just to score the first run. That’s a very good team in the other dugout.”
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
COCA COLA PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Austin Wood, Cotuit RHP
Cotuit swept this week’s pair of awards, as Kettleers ace Austin Wood (St. Petersburg) was named Coca Cola Pitcher of the Week for the second time. Wood, who started and threw a scoreless inning for the Western Division in this year’s All-Star game, previously had captured the honor in the fifth week of the season.
Here are my Top 10 players to watch in tomorrow’s Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star game at Fenway Park. The CCBL All-Star game is considered by many as the premier summer league All-Star game. The league has had 826 players proceed onto MLB careers. In 2009, the CCBL had 217 alums in the Majors while 234 Cape Leaguers were selected in the 2009 MLB Draft. The College Baseball Blog will be running a Live Chat/Blog during the game with TCBB editor Brian Foley and TCBB senior writer Katherine Cornetta which can be checked out by clicking here.
UPDATED JULY 27th AT 3:05 PM
The Cape Cod Baseball League will play the All-Star Game on Wednesday night at 7pm. The coaches have put out their starting lineup for the game and announced the starting pitchers. Austin Wood from St. Petersburg and the Cotuit Kettleers will get the ball for the Western Division while Andrew Gagnon from Long Beach State and the Brewster White caps will get the ball for the Eastern Division. You can check out the full lineup below. Remember to join TCBB staff members Kat Cornetta and Brian Foley as they will be live blogging the game and you can set up a reminder for the event by clicking here.