We are now within 50 days of the start of the College Baseball season. I thought we would take a look at my top ten storylines for the upcoming season. We did put out our 2011 College World Series Predictions back on July 6th. Continue reading
Clemson starting quarterback Kyle Parker will face off against NC State Wolfpack and quarterback Russell Wilson tomorrow. Both quarterbacks are members of the Colorado Rockies organization after being selected in the 2010 MLB Draft. Parker was picked in the first round by Colorado and ended up signing for $1.4 million while Wilson signed for 200,000.
Another signing deadline goes by and the story stays the same. The big market clubs especially in Boston and New York continue to wait until the last possible second to sign their draft picks. The Red Sox entering Monday had only signed three out of their top ten selections but ended up getting 12 out of the top 13 picks to sign which includes some marquee names in college baseball in LSU’s Anthony Ranaudo and Miami’s Chris Hernandez to name a few.
Former NC State baseball player and starting quarterback Russell Wilson signed with the Colorado Rockies this summer and will play with the Wolfpack football team this fall. Wilson appeared in 47 games (25 starts) where he hit .306 with three homers and 12 RBI. He also stole nine bases in ten attempts. He spent the summer of 2010 with the Tri-City Dust Devils in which he appeared in 32 games batting .230 with two homers and eleven RBI.
Baseball America reported this morning that Kyle Parker turned down a $2.4 million offer from the Colorado Rockies to return to the Clemson Tiger football program. With about 3 1/2 weeks left before the signing deadline, the Rockies could still try and up the offer as negotiations are still ongoing. Parker, the 26th pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, threw for 2,526 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2009 as a Redshirt Freshman. Last season on the baseball field, Parker helped bring the Tigers to the 2010 College World Series by hitting .344 with 20 homers and 64 RBI.