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
Much like Gordon Beckham, a strong Junior year has caused Posey’s stock to sky rocket.
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
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
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.
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
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
(#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
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.
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
Miami (FL) at Georgia Tech
#10 Georgia Tech enters the game coming off back-to-back victories over ranked teams (Sunday vs. #3 North Carolina and Wednesday vs. #11 Georgia). They host #1 Miami, which struggled in two mid-week games this week — Florida Gulf Coast took the Hurricanes to extra innings on Tuesday and Florida Atlantic upset the Hurricanes on Wednesday. Continue reading
The ACC has an interesting slate of games for the April 4th to 6th weekend, with three matchups between the conference’s 6 top teams: Virginia vs. Florida State, Georgia Tech vs. North Carolina, and Clemson vs. Miami.
CBB Senior writer NYDore wrote up an extensive article (available here) about how certain players were snubbed from All-American teams especially how Ryan Flaherty was left off the NCBWA Pre-season All-American team while Derek Shunk of Villanova was named to the first team. He was only named to the third-team in the Big East last season. Continue reading