Paul Strelow of The State has a good article about Clemson junior outfielder Kyle Parker’s big decision coming up in the near future. Parker is also the starting quarterback on the Clemson football team where he is set to finish up his first season behind center. He is likely going to be a high selection in the 2010 MLB Draft if he tells a potential team that he will commit fully to baseball.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana baseball team has added a pair of right-handed pitchers to its roster for the 2010 season, head coach Tracy Smith announced today. Matt Ernest (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point) and Casey Smith (Bloomington, Ind./North) will join the squad at the beginning of the spring semester.
"We obviously are a bit thin at pitcher heading into this season," Smith said. "These two will give us some depth in our pitching staff and have a good chance to be in the mix for weekend innings this spring."
The Herald out of Rock Hill South Carolina has put out an interesting preview of the Clemson and South Carolina football game on Saturday. The starting quarterback for the Clemson Tigers is Kyle Parker who is a redshirt freshman quarterback for football team while he will be a junior in this upcoming spring for the baseball squad. He entered Clemson in the spring of 2008 to take part in Spring Practice for the football squad and ended up participating in a majority of the baseball games in addition to his football duties.
Toby Gerhart has a tough decision coming his way. A star baseball player for Stanford, Gerhart is also making a lot of noise as a running back for the Cardinal football team this season. Gerhart ranks near the top in touchdowns and rushing yards so far this season, with whispers about a chance at the Heisman, but he has also finished the 2009 spring as one of Stanford’s top baseball players.
Stanford fullback/outfielder Toby Gerhart has been outstanding on the football field as he has 29 career touchdowns which is second all-time. He is also third on the rushing yardage list with 2,645 yards which is only 295 behind Brad Muster for the record. Gerhart has also been solid on the baseball diamond as he has hit .274 with 16 homers and 68 RBI over his first three seasons. He has stated that his dream is to play in the NFL but might have also have a chance to play in the Majors.
Former South Carolina quarterback Chris Smelley is currently in fall workouts with the Alabama baseball program as he is trying to make the transition between the two sports. Smelley started 15 games for the Steve Spurrier led Gamecocks before deciding to transfer down to Tuscaloosa to play baseball with the Crimson Tide.
There is a huge football game today between the Florida Gators and the LSU Tigers. LSU’s Chad Jones is expected to make a huge impact on the game as he is the starting free safety and also spends time as a relief pitcher on the LSU staff. He has been already rated as one of the top safeties for the upcoming NFL draft and has started to got some nibbles from MLB teams as they were thoroughly impressed with his performance in the College World Series.
Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News reports that USC backup quarterback and former Arkansas quarterback Mitch Mustain is exploring the possibility of playing baseball for the Trojans in the spring. According to Mustain, he had a 0.90 ERA in his last high school season and already has spoke with USC pitching coach Tom House about the possibility.
Washington QB Jake Locker signed a contract today with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Locker was selected in the 10th round of the June Draft after being selected in the 40th round out of high school. He spent the summer of 2008 in the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League where he played for the Bellingham Bells. He finished the summer with a .273 average including two homers in only ten games.
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about the success rate of players who win the Golden Spikes Award being more successful than players that win the Heisman Trophy Award. I think the reason behind this is that the best players in College Football do not fit the “system” at the next level being the NFL. In baseball, it is much different in that the best player in college is likely going to be able to hit/pitch in the MLB because the talent transfers over easier to the pro game. Continue reading