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ACC Weekend Preview for May 2nd-May 5th

Florida State at Clemson

The Florida State Seminoles head to Clemson SC for a Saturday-Monday series against the Clemson Tigers. The Seminoles enter with a 37-7 overall record while being 19-5 in the ACC. The Seminoles have been one of the better hitting teams in the country with a team batting average of .346. All-American catcher candidate Buster Posey is the top hitter on the team with a .470 average and a team leading 13 homers on the year. Matt Fairel has been the ace of the staff with an 8-1 record with a 2.81 ERA. Continue reading ACC Weekend Preview for May 2nd-May 5th

NAIA Top 25 and Recap for April 30

Results of the NAIA Coaches’ Poll for April 30, 2008. Comments below.

Rank Apr. 23 School (Region) Record Total
Points
1 1 Lubbock Christian (TX) (VI) 45-2 499
2 2 Lewis-Clark State (ID) (I) 44-4 480
3 3 Lee (TN) (XIII) 53-7 488
4 4 Oklahoma City University (VI) 48-7 440
5 5 Azusa Pacific (CA) (II) 40-8 429
6 7 U. of the Cumberlands (KY) (XI) 43-11 374
7 8 Embry-Riddle (FL) (XIV) 38-13 369
8 6 University of Mobile (AB) (XIII) 40-12 358
9 T9 Spring Arbor University (MI) (VIII) 29-5 348
10 12 Fresno Pacific University (CA) (II) 34-11 299
11 T9 Tennessee Wesleyan College (XII) 37-15 289
12 11 Wayland Baptist (TX) (VI) 41-12 288
13 13 University of St. Francis (IL) (VII) 40-8 274
14 15 Bellevue (NE) (IV) 41-11 255
15 14 Union College (KY) (XII) 37-12 218
16 18 Auburn-Montgomery (AL) (XIII) 41-19 191
17 16 Trevecca Nazarene (TN) (XI) 33-12 180
18 19 Texas Wesleyan (VI) 37-12 137
19 17 Biola University (CA) (II) 33-16 117
20 21 LSU-Shreveport (XIII) 41-14 115
21 22 Avila (MO) (V) 32-11 112
22 20 Malone College (OH) (IX) 33-11 77
23 23 Warner Southern (FL) (XIV) 33-22 71
24 25 Madonna (MI) (VIII) 32-12 43
25 24 Southern Polytechnic (GA) (XIII) 38-15 20

First-place votes: Lubbock Christian 19. Lewis-Clark State 1

Continue reading NAIA Top 25 and Recap for April 30

Brett Wallace – Top Prospect

.Junior/3B/1B/Arizona State

Brett Wallace can hit – fastballs, curveballs, changeups, oranges, grapefruit, pinatas…you get the idea.
So, the obvious question is: why don’t most of the projection lists have him as a top 10 talent? I wondered the same thing – more specifically, why is there a feeling that Smoak, Hosmer, and Alonso are better 1B prospects? Continue reading Brett Wallace – Top Prospect

CBB Column:Texas Tech Scouting Report

The following is a scouting report on the Texas Tech Red Raiders from Aman Reaka who watched them play against Kansas on April 11th-13th. We will continue to bring you scouting looks at certain teams throughout the season.

JR Roger Kieschnick 6’3, 215, RF
Kieschnick is a stud hitter with plus power who should be a first round pick in June. He is a true and legitimate power hitting prospect. He played for Team USA and even tied Pedro Alvarez for the team lead in HR’s. He is hitting .307 with 11 HR, 36 RBI, 10 Doubles, 21 K’s and 26 walks. I will be watching his stance and swing mechanics really close to see if he has many holes in his swing. Continue reading CBB Column:Texas Tech Scouting Report

Top Prospect- Buster Posey

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Junior/Catcher/Florida State

Much like Gordon Beckham, a strong Junior year has caused Posey’s stock to sky rocket.

Career/ Background

Posey has been on the radar for a while, being ranked behind Justin Smoak and Reese Havens on Baseball America’s fab 50 Freshman list at #7.

His story is quite interesting, being drafted by the Angels in the 50th round as a SS, and signed by Florida State as a SS. However, he moved behind the plate after his Freshman season, not become of a lack of ability at SS, but because of the need of the team. The story goes that Coach Mike Martin saw one pitch and knew that he was gonna be an outstanding Catcher. Continue reading Top Prospect- Buster Posey

CBB Editorial: Thoughts on the FSU/Miami (FL) Incident

Eric Sorenson of CSTV and many sources around the internet are talking about the great series that took place this past weekend between FSU and Miami (FL). The Hurricanes were able to win the first and last games of the series to get the win. The biggest thing that came out of the weekend was the near brawl between the two squads after Sunday’s game which was called after seven innings due to the old curfew rule. At the end of the seventh inning, the umps called the game because it was after the curfew which was set up before the game. Mike Martin Jr. who coaches third base for the Seminoles made a comment to the Miami bench which led to both benches clearing and nothing actually happening. Continue reading CBB Editorial: Thoughts on the FSU/Miami (FL) Incident

Top Prospect – Gordon Beckham

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Junior/SS/University of Georgia

It is safe to say no player has earned more buzz that Gordon Beckham this year. The premier college middle infielder in this draft is shooting up draft boards. Here is the breakdown.

Career:

Freshman year: – Freshman All- American while playing in all 70 games at SS – hit .280 with 12 HR

Sophomore year: Hit 13 HR overall, while hitting .322 in SEC play

Cape Cod League: tied for league lead with 9 HR

Junior year: Up at the top of the list this year for college baseball’s best player. He has slowed down a bit, no doubt to being pitched around and seeing increased offspeed stuff. Continue reading Top Prospect – Gordon Beckham

ACC Weekend Preview for April 18th-April 20th

Georgia Tech at Maryland

#21 Georgia Tech (27-10, 9-9 ACC) continues its road swing as it travels north to College Park to take on the Maryland Terrapins (22-17, 5-13 ACC).

Georgia Tech enters the series coming off a 14-8 victory at Georgia Southern on Wednesday. Junior Luke Murton, who hit 2 home runs in the Georgia Southern game, leads the team with a .355 batting average. Freshman shortstop Derek Dietrich leads the team with 11 home runs and 39 RBI. Tech’s top three relievers, Andrew Robinson, Brad Rulon and Chris Hicks, have combined for 55 appearances, a 5-3 record with 12 saves, and a 3.66 ERA. Continue reading ACC Weekend Preview for April 18th-April 20th

CBB Column: #2 FSU set to host #1 Miami (FL)

(#1) Miami (FL) at (#2)Florida State

The Miami Hurricanes head to Tallahassee this weekend to take on the Florida State Seminoles in a battle between the number 1 and number 2 teams in the country in most polls. The Hurricanes enter with a 31-3 overall record and 15-1 in the conference. In my opinion, I consider them to have the best lineup in the country with Jemile Weeks, Blake Tekotte, Yonder Alonso, Dennis Raben, and Mark Soblewski leading the offense. Every single one of those hitters should be drafted in the top 2 rounds of the MLB draft either this season or next depending on their eligibility. Continue reading CBB Column: #2 FSU set to host #1 Miami (FL)

Top Prospect – Justin Smoak

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Smoak played high school ball along with Matt Weiters in Goose Creek, SC – about 5 miles from where I went to college.

I have been able to follow him since his senior year of high school and have seen him play at least once every year, so I feel like I have a good idea about his progression as a player.

Background/Career:

Out of high school, Smoak was drafted in the 16th round by the A’s. He wanted $1 million to sign, and the rumor was that the A’s held firm at $950,000 (ouch Oakland). Continue reading Top Prospect – Justin Smoak