Here are some of the top news stories around the College Baseball World for today. Continue reading Links from Around the Country for June 6th
Major League Baseball announced changes to the Draft Rules effective for the 2012 MLB Draft. The major difference is a very strict slotting system that recommends teams to spend a certain amount of money on their draft picks. Teams will be heavily penalized with loss of future draft picks if they don’t follow the rules. Continue reading MLB Changes Draft Rules
La Velle E. Neal III of The Star-Tribune took to task the MLB Draft in his weekly column for the paper. As he states in the article, MLB teams committed 17 percent more to 2011 MLB Draft picks when compared to 2010. Interesting enough, Bud Selig wants to set up a hard slotting system for the draft to avoid the last hour of signings that happens yearly. Continue reading MLB teams running Dry?
This year, 22 out of the 33 first round picks had not signed heading into the final hour before the deadline. Is this really fair to college baseball coaches to have some of their prized recruits for the next season leave them at the last hour?
Should the deadline be moved to an earlier date for example July 1st or 15th? Continue reading CBD Column: Should MLB Draft move up Signing Day?
One of the craziest things I have ever seen, the Texas Rangers selected Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor in the 33rd round of the 2011 MLB Draft. In case you don’t know, Taylor was seriously injured on March 6th when he had a collision with teammate Zach Cone which injured the C-5 and C-6 vertebrae. He has shown some improvement but still has very little movement below his waist. Do you think the Rangers made a bad selection so early in the Draft when it is highly unlikely that Taylor will ever play baseball again? Is the MLB Draft too long when teams are wasting 33rd round picks on players? We have included some fan reactions below and feel free to leave your comments. Continue reading UGA’s Johnathan Taylor Drafted by Texas Rangers
By: Austin Staton
HOUSTON, Texas – His season didn’t pan out as it was scripted but Monday evening brings a new chapter to light in the illustrious career of Rice standout Anthony Rendon.
As the defending national player of the year and a two-time All-American honoree, Rendon entered his junior campaign as the consensus top position prospect for the 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Continue reading Anthony Rendon prepares for 2011 MLB Draft
College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2011 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the countdown today at number 28 with USC junior RHP Austin Wood. The Niceville, Florida native attended Niceville High School where he had a standout career. As a junior in high school, he went 6-2 with a 1.35 ERA in 13 appearances (11 starts). He was named a third team All-American and first team All-Region from Rawlings. He also was named honorable mention All-State. He was drafted in the 2008 MLB Draft by the Houston Astros in 36th round but decided to head to Florida State to play under Mike Martin Sr. Continue reading Top 100 Countdown: 28. Austin Wood (USC)
The 2010 MLB World Series starts up on Wednesday with the San Francisco Giants hosting the Texas Rangers. Cliff Lee (Arkansas) will take the ball for the Rangers while the Giants will send Tim Lincecum (Washington) to the hill. The best conference this season with getting players into the World Series is the SEC as they have six alums of universities. The University of Miami, UC-Santa Barbara, and LSU are the leaders in alums participating with two each. Miami has Aubrey Huff and Pat Burrell while UC-Santa Barbara has Barry Zito and Michael Young. The LSU Tigers have both Mike Fontenot and Brian Wilson participating in the fall classic. The full list is below.
Barret Loux worked out for 14 MLB teams on Friday afternoon in College Station, Texas. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the sixth overall pick but failed his physical due to shoulder and elbow concerns according to multiple reports. MLB declared Loux a free agent and gave the Diamondbacks compensatory picks. You can check out the MyFoxHouston report below which fails to talk about the reason the Diamondbacks failed to sign him.
Former North Carolina infielder Dustin Ackley has been on the fast track to the major leagues since leading North Carolina to the College World Series in 2009. He was the number 2 overall selection in the 2009 MLB Draft behind Stephen Strasburg. He started the 2010 season in Double A with the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx where he played in 82 games hitting .263 with two homers and 28 RBI as he adjusted to a new position at second base. He ended up being promoted to the Tacoma Rainiers where he played in 52 games with a .274 batting average while hitting five homers and driving in 23 runs.