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
We will be checking in throughout the year when time permits with some of the best links from around the country.
The first two articles come from The Daily Cal writers Katie Dowd and Matt Kawahara who ran a Live Blog and posted their recap of Cal’s 4-1 victory over San Francisco. The next article comes from The Kent State News writer Cody Erbacher who wrote a quick snapshot with Greg Rohan. The next article today comes from The Journal-Gazette in Fort Wayne Indiana who has started a blog with Notre Dame football/baseball player Golden Tate. The final article comes from The Orange County Register writer Randy Youngman who wrote an article about Cal-State Fullerton achieving the number 1 ranking even though they have had one of the toughest schedule in the country. Continue reading
Here are a few newspaper links from around the country. Continue reading
Jared Mitchell and Chad Jones are both members of the LSU football and baseball teams but receive different treatment from baseball coach Paul Mainieri and football coach Les Miles. Jared Mitchell will be a member of the LSU baseball squad for the entire season and join the football club during summer workouts. Mitchell showed me in a Cape Cod Baseball League that he is an excellent player with great speed. He should be drafted in the upcoming 2009 MLB Draft. Chad Jones has the opposite problem as he will be able to be a member of the LSU baseball program until spring practice for football begins on March 12th. This will leave the Tigers squad short a player since Jones recieved scholarship money from the baseball program and counts against the 35 players limit. Continue reading
The Florida State Seminoles have picked up 11 commitments for the 2009 baseball season. The biggest recruit in name and physically is left-handed pitcher Kyle Long. He is listed as a 6-7 280 pound left handed pitcher/hitter who is the son of NFL Hall of Fame member Howie Long and brother of UVA linemen Chris Long. Kyle suffered a neck injury this football season which he was taken off on a stretcher and is one of the top offensive linemen in the country. He is expected to spurn Bobby Bowden and focus on playing baseball as he is projected as a high draft pick in 2008.
- Kris Castellanos, LHP, Brandon (Newsome)
- Spencer Dickinson, Util, Tequesta (Benjamin)
- Brian Ellington, RHP, Gainesville (Buchholz)
- Ben Francis, RHP, Gulf Coast Community College
- Sean Gilmartin, OF/LHP, Moor Park, Calif. (Crespi)
- Tyler Hibbs, RHP/IF, Odenton, Md. (Arundel)
- Kyle Long, 1B/LHP, Charlottesville, Va. (St. Anne’s-Belfield)
- Tyler Pastornicky, IF, Bradenton (Pendleton)
- James Ramsey, 2B/3B, Alpharetta, Ga. (Wesleyan)
- Hunter Scantling, RHP, Jacksonville (Episcopal)
Austin Wood, RHP, Niceville (Niceville)
Thanks to Chris Nee of Warchant.com for the information on the athletes and Perfect Game for the image of Kyle Long.