The St. Petersburg Times is reporting that longtime St. Petersburg College baseball coach Dave Pano has resigned after offering an improper scholarship to a student-athlete. Coach Pano had accumulated a 392-180-1 over 13 seasons. In 2005, he led the school to its first state title and a second-place finish at the JUCO World Series.
The Washington Nationals held a news conference on Thursday afternoon to announce the signing of Bryce Harper. He was the first selection in the 2010 MLB Draft after an outstanding year at the College of Southern Nevada where he smashed the record books. As a high school freshman, he hit .599 batting average with 11 home runs and 67 RBIs in 38 games. He improved on that campaign in his sophomore season when he had .626 batting average, 14 home runs and 55 RBIs. After the season, Sports Illustrated labeled him as the “Chosen One” as he appeared on the cover of the magazine. They also called him the “Lebron James of Baseball.” He made an unorthodox move after his sophomore season as he got his GED and decided to head to junior college at the College of Southern Nevada. He continued to dominate at that level as he made the transition to the wood bat league hitting .442 with 29 home runs and 89 RBIs. In the first game of the NJCAA World Series, Harper hit for the cycle while going 6-for-7. The next day, he went 2-for-5 in the first game of a doubleheader and 6-for-6 with four home runs in the nightcap.
Dylan Covey was selected with the 14th overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers but ended up having his plans change. Last Friday, when he was four days away from signing with the Brewers, he was diagnosed with Diabetes. He decided that he had to learn how to deal with the disease in college at the University of San Diego instead of dealing with it during a minor league baseball career.
Ed Daniels of ABC 26 Sports of New Orleans recently wrote an article discussing how college coaches are being held hostage by MLB clubs during the draft. This was in response to many of LSU’s top recruits and top players signing deals with MLB clubs as I reported yesterday. (FULL ARTICLE). You can read Ed’s full blog post by clicking here to see his opinion on the subject. We have also included the report from ABC 26 with comments from LSU head coach Paul Mainieri below.
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.
According to Jeff Passan over at Yahoo! Sports, the Arizona Diamondbacks have decided to pull their offer to the sixth overall selection in the 2010 MLB Draft, Barret Loux. The junior lefty from Texas A&M failed a physical in July, preventing the Diamondbacks from signing him. Arizona will now accept the seventh overall pick in 2011 in exchange for not signing Loux, a condition of the MLB draft compensation rule.
The Diamondbacks don’t suffer much damage in this deal. Sure they don’t get their first rounder, but they receive two in 2011. Loux, on the other hand, has a slew of tough decisions in front of him.
Barret Loux of Texas A&M has been added to the Cotuit Kettleers roster today. Loux was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the sixth overall selection in the 2010 MLB Draft but hit a snag when he reportedly failed his physical due to a shoulder issue. He went 11-2 with a 2.83 ERA in 17 appearances (16 starts) while striking out 136 batters in only 105 innings of work. He held opponents to a .202 batting average.
As many teams across the country besides South Carolina and UCLA, they are all playing the waiting game on which current college players will sign MLB contracts and the incoming freshman who were drafted that could sign and skip college. One school who this affects is Florida State which saw Tyler Holt selected in the 10th round by the Cleveland Indians and Mike McGee who was picked in the 41st round by the Arizona Diamondbacks after outstanding seasons from both of them. This doesn’t just mean the players on the Noles right now as they had five signees drafted including Kaleb Cowart who was selected in the first round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Frankie Piliere, National MLB Anaylst for Fanhouse.com recently had the chance to attend the pitching showdown on Saturday night between LSU’s Anthony Ranaudo and UConn’s Matt Barnes. Frankie thought that Anthony Ranaudo would be the story as he was selected by the Boston Red Sox with the 39th overall selection. He ended up going 6.2 innings allowing only one hit and striking out eight batters. He is down the cape to raise his signing bonus with the Red Sox as he is looking for Top 10 money as he entered the 2010 College Baseball season as our top ranked player in the country before coming down with some injuries. (FULL ARTICLE)