Here are your Early Signing Day releases for December 2nd.
Villanova signs four for 2010-2011 season
VILLANOVA, Pa. – During the recent early signing period which ended on November 18, head coach Joe Godri signed four scholastic players to National Letters of Intent. The group of four recruits includes two pitchers and two position players. All four players are expected to enroll at Villanova in the fall of 2010.
"We were able to address all of our immediate needs with this signing class," Godri said. "The four players we signed during the early period are good students academically and outstanding athletes who have experience playing for some of the nation’s top club teams."
Baseball America recently put out their Top 25 College Baseball and High School Prospects for the 2010 MLB Draft. The college rankings are led by Bryce Harper who has received national attention for skipping his final two years of high school to play college baseball with Community College of Southern Nevada. The rest of the top five is Anthony Ranaudo from LSU, Deck McGuire from Ga Tech, Levon Washington from Chipola JC, and Chris Sale from Florida Gulf Coast. The rest of the top 25 is available below.
The Cape Cod Baseball League has put out their 2009 All-Cape League team. It is led by CCBL MVP Kyle Roller from East Carolina and CCBL Top Pitcher Chris Sale from Florida Gulf Coast. The infield features first baseman Mickey Wiswall (Boston College), second baseman Pierre LePage (Uconn), shortstop B.A. Vollmuth (Southern Miss) and third baseman Jedd Gyorko (West Virginia). The two ultility infielders are Zach Cox (Arkansas) and Nick Crawford (UAB). The outfield is led by Todd Cunningham (Jacksonville State). The other four members of the All-League outfield are Gary Brown (CS-Fullerton), Austin Wates (Virginia Tech), Brian Fletcher (Auburn), and George Springer (UConn). The catchers are Mike Murray (Wake Forest) and Cody Stanley (UNC-Wilmington). Ryan Cuneo (Delaware) joins Roller as the All-League Designated Hitters.
FALMOUTH, Mass.—On a night when it seemed to be raining hardware in Falmouth, Todd Cunningham (Jacksonville State) was also distinguished as the Pro-Prospect of the Year. The scouts, using the simple criteria of who will make the biggest major league impact in their career, vote on the Robert A. McNeece Pro Prospect of the Year Award.
Cunningham joins a group of recognizable names from Cape League History and Major League Baseball. Matt Wieters (Georgia Tech) won the award with Orleans back in 2006 and is now in the discussion for American League Rookie of the Year with the Baltimore Orioles. Mark Teixeira(Georgia Tech) of Orleans and Billy Wagner (Ferrum) of Brewster are both former winners of this prestigious award.
The Coca-Cola Pitcher of the Month for July has been awarded to Kyle Blair (Sand Diego) of Brewster. Blair’s record remains flawless on the season, winning three and losing none. Over the past month, the 6-3 righty has appeared in four games, all of them starts, and recorded 27 innings pitched. Over those 27 innings, Blair has surrendered only 12 hits and three earned runs, good for a 1.00 ERA. He also sports a 1.40 strikeouts-per-innings-pitched ratio, with 38 strikeouts this month.
I took the day off from work to take in the Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star Game on Thursday night. The game was played at Fenway Park for the first time since the late 1980’s as the players got their chance to play at one of the better MLB parks in the country.
The game started early as the weather forecast called for heavy rains later in the night.
Wareham starter Jack Armstrong (Vanderbilt) has been named this week’s Coca-Cola Pitcher of the Week. The 6-7 righty earned the honor with a complete game shutout over Hyannis on Monday, July 6. Armstrong shut down a high-powered Mets lineup that had scored a total of 15 runs in their previous two games, pitching the Gatemen to a 4-0 win. Armstrong allowed only two hits while striking out six over seven scoreless innings. Continue reading →
PLAYER Jordan Kreke, SS/P • Sr., 6-2, 200 • Bartelso, Ill. • Eastern Illinois
In five games last week, Kreke hit .579 (11-for-19) with seven runs scored, a double, triple, three home runs and 12 RBI as the Panthers compiled a 4-1 record. He was 10-for-15 (.667) with three home runs and 12 RBI in a three-game sweep of Morehead State in the Conference opener for both teams. Continue reading →
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — For the second year in a row, Jacksonville State has been picked as the preseason favorite for the nine-team league in a vote of Ohio Valley Conference head baseball coaches. The Gamecocks claimed the 2008 regular season championship with a 23-4 record last season but came up just short in the OVC Tournament. Continue reading →