Rivals national baseball writer Kendall Rogers has put out his 2008 All-American Team which is led by Pedro Alvarez of Vanderbilt. Buster Posey of FSU is named to the first team catcher’s spot in only his second year behind the plate. Miami slugger Yonder Alonso beat out Justin Smoak for the first base position. Filling out the rest of the infield is 2B Blake Stouffer of Texas A&M, Ryan Flaherty and Pedro Alvarez of Vanderbilt. The outfield is Dominic de la Osa of Vanderbilt, Kyle Russell of Texas, and Tommy Baldridge of Coastal Carolina. Brett Wallace of Arizona State picks up the DH spot while Zach Putnam of Michigan is listed as the Utility player. The starting pitchers are Jacob Thompson of Virginia, Preston Guilmet of Arizona, Brian Matusz of San Diego and Lance Lynn of Ole Miss. The relief pitchers are led by switch-pitcher Pat Venditte of Creighton and Cole St. Clair of Rice. The full team with break downs on each player is available here.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Coastal Carolina University’s baseball team has been unanimously voted the Big South Conference’s preseason favorite, as voted by the League’s Head Baseball Coaches and Sports Information Directors, it was announced today by the Conference office. In addition, Chanticleers’ junior outfielder David Sappelt (Saxapahaw, N.C.) has been voted the Conference’s Preseason Player of the Year, while junior teammate Bobby Gagg (Hamburg, N.J.) was voted Preseason Pitcher of the Year by the panel. Continue reading Coastal Carolina slated to win Big South
CSTV editor Doug Kroll checks in this week with an article about the top transfers for the 2008 season. He discusses how the Winthrop Eagles have been devastated with their ace pitcher in Alex Wilson as he got injured in the Cape Cod League this summer which he had Tommy John surgery to correct. When he gets healthy, he will be suiting up for Texas A&M in 2009. Continue reading CSTV’s Top Transfers
The College Baseball Blog recently had a chance to send some questions to Gary Gilmore of Coastal Carolina. Gary is entering his 13th season in charge of the Chanticleer program after a very strong 2007 season in which they went 50-13 and hosted the school’s first regional. They ended up losing the regional championship game to Clemson. Continue reading CBB talks with Gary Gilmore
Our good friend Kendall Rogers of Rivals.com has started doing previews of conferences for the 2008 season.He is one of the top college baseball writers in the country with the depth of his knowledge about the players and coaches across the country. The previews are brief but informative especially the lower level conferences. Continue reading Rivals Conference Previews
Doug Kroll of CSTV checks in with his weekly column on the top players in the country. This week he checks in on starting pitchers which is led by Jacob Thompson of UVA. Continue reading Doug Kroll’s top pitchers
The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Baseball program have announced that they have picked up seven players for the 2009 season. The first signee is Daniel Bowman out of Turner Ashby High School in Bridgewater VA where he has played three years of varsity baseball. He had a strong 2007 season where he hit .491 average with eight homers and 35 RBI as he led the team to their second straight state championship. Steve Davis also committed to the Coastal Carolina program. He hails out of Steubenville High School in Steubenville Ohio. He had a .395 average with 25 runs scored and 21 stolen bases in his junior season. Brad Goldberg is the second player from Ohio in this class. He hails from Beachwood High School in Beachwood Ohio. He is a right handed pitcher who went 5-1 with 64 strikeouts. He also hit a solid .450 with 35 RBI but is not expected to see time in the field. Coastal Carolina also picked up a commitment from Anthony Meo from Cranston West High School in Cranston RI. Meo had a perfect junior season which saw him go 9-0 with a 0.77 ERA. The Chanticleers then went down to Palm Beach Gardens Florida to pick up a commitment from Taylor Motter. He only hit .397 with 10 RBI against tough competition in Florida. TJ Swank of Crystal Lake Illinois also committed to the program. He had a disappointing 2007 season which saw him miss six starts but had a 3-2 record with a 1.10 ERA. In his sophomore year, he picked up All-Conference and All-Area awards after going 8-3 with a 1.04 ERA. The last signee was Tommy Winegardner from Riverdale Baptist High School in Maryland. He was named the MVP of the Maryland Private School Championship game in 2007 after helping Riverdale Baptist to their 3rd straight championship. He has been named to the Under Armour All-American the last two seasons and is pre-season All-State. The full release on the signed players is available here.
These players should be able to make a positive impact on one of the rising programs in the country. Coastal Carolina will open the 2008 season on February 22nd against Maryland in the IMIChotels.com INN-vational. The full season schedule is available here.
CSTV editor Doug Kroll checks in with his weekly article about the top players in the country. This week he focuses on outfielders. His top outfielder is Dominic De la Osa of Vanderbilt followed up by Kyle Russell of Texas. The full article is available by clicking here where he also lists Jack Rye (FSU), Tommy Baldridge and David Sappelt (Coastal Carolina), and Mark Sobolewski (Miami, FL).
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Lynchburg, Va. – The Liberty University baseball program and head coach Jim Toman announce the signing of twelve student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2008-09 academic year, during the early NCAA Nov. 14-20 signing period. Highlighting the class is Tyler Bream, son of former Liberty All-American and Major League Player Sid Bream.
“We are extremely excited to be adding these twelve student-athletes to our Liberty family,” commented Toman. “Tyler Bream is a very good player. His commitment is special to us because he obviously has Liberty roots and he was the first commitment of the new staff.
“The signees are a good start to our first recruiting class. We expect to sign a few more players in the spring, and feel all of them are capable of helping us reach our goals of winning the Big South Conference, as well as competing nationally.”
Liberty opens the 2008 season against Notre Dame, February 22 in Clearwater, Fla. The Flames home opener is February 29 against Rider. Game time at Worthington Stadium is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Tyler Bream 3B/1B/RHP 6-3 185 R/R Seneca Valley HS Zelienople, Pa.
Bream helped lead his Seneca Valley High School team to the 2007 Pennsylvania State Championship. The son of former Liberty All-American and Major Leaguer Sid Bream, the corner infielder hit .397 with eight doubles and two home runs last season, earning selection to the West Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) Class AAAA All-Sectional team. Bream has played in the prestigious East Coast Professional Showcase in Lakeland, Fla., and has also been a member of the Allegheny Pirates travel team.
Tim Dudley LHP/1B 6-1 200 S/L Appomattox HS Appomattax, Va.
As a junior in 2007, Dudley went 6-4 with a 1.19 ERA. The left-hander was named 2007 Seminole District Player of the Year, and was selected to 2007 first team all-regional and all-district squads, as a pitcher. He also hit .333. Dudley played in the 2007 Virginia Commonwealth Games.
P.J. Jimenez INF 5-11 165 R/R Arizona Western College Yucaipa, Calif.
Jimenez hit .359, with a wood bat, with 61 hits, 10 doubles and 31 RBIs this past year at Arizona Western College. The infielder was named a 2007 second-team Arizona Community College Athletic Conference member.
Steven Keener 1B 5-11 185 L/R Allenghany HS Clifton Forge, Va.
Keener garnered Virginia Reviews Player of the Year in 2007. The first baseman was also an All-Timesland, All-Region III and All-Blue Ridge District first-team selection. Keener captured his area’s Triple Crown, hitting .441 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs in 2007. He also played with the Hitting Zone, a United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) travel team based in Roanoke, Va.
John Long 3B/OF/RHP 6-0 180 R/R T.L. Hanna HS Anderson, S.C.
Long is ranked by The Diamond Prospects as the top third baseman in South Carolina. He hit .456 with 10 home runs last season. The third baseman was honored with selections to the Region 1 AAAA All-Region and Anderson Independent All-Area teams in 2007. Long was the High School Sports Reports All-State and South Carolina 4A home run leader, and represented the state in the National Home Run hitting contest. He is also a member of powerhouse Diamond Devils travel team.
Chris McDougal C/P/UTL 6-2 185 R/R Denbigh HS Poquoson, Va.
McDougal hit .470 with 29 RBIs and a .592 on base percentage in 2007. On the mound, he was a perfect 5-0 with a 0.75 ERA. He garnered 2007 All-District third base, All-Region and honorable mention All-State honors. A member of the Carolina Hurricanes travel team, Long played in the 2007 Virginia Commonwealth Games.
J.J. McLeod RHP 6-1 175 R/R Skagit Valley College Burlington, Wash.
In 2007, McLeod posted a 5-2 record and a 2.08 ERA in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (MWAACC). In 43 innings, the right-hander gave up 24 hits, while striking out 42 batters and walking 23.
David Mitroff C 6-2 180 R/R Praire Ridge HS Crystal Lake, Ill.
A two-year varsity starter at Praire Ridge High School, Mitroff is considered one of the top defensive catchers in the Midwest. The catcher has played on the powerhouse McHenry County Hurricanes Showcase team. His father and sister both attended Liberty.
Justin Richardson OF/LHP 5-10 190 L/L Riverdale HS Lehigh Acres, Fla.
Richardson is a three-year varsity stater at Riverdale High School. Last season, he hit .354 and went 3-0 with a 0.77 ERA as a pitcher.
Kizuku Scott INF/OF 5-11 190 R/R Bethel HS Hampton, Va.
Scott earn selections to the Daily Press All-Star and all-district first teams in 2007. He hit .464 with 18 doubles, 25 RBI’s and 19 stolen bases this past season. Scott played in the 2007 Virginia Commonwealth Games and is a member of the Carolina Hurricanes travel team.
Mark Swanson RHP 6-2 210 R/R Young Harris College Buford, Ga
Swanson posted a 7-2 mark with a 2.65 ERA in 2007. In 63 1/3 innings, the right-hander struck out 59. He pitched in the 2007 Juco World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.
Matt Williams SS 5-10 155 R/R Centennial HS Franklin, Tenn.
An all-district and All-Mid State performer, Williams hit .424 with seven triples and 24 stolen bases in 2007. The shortstop also played for the Brentwood A’s travel team.
Coastal Carolina had a very successful season in 2007 where they were named as a Regional host for the first time in school history. They also accumulated 50 wins for the second time in the last three seasons. Doug Kroll of CSTV recently checked in with head coach Gary Gilmore about his expectations for the upcoming season and including some of the challenges facing the program . The full article is available here.