The start of spring training games gives us a chance to check in on some Former College Players and how they are adjusting to pro baseball. Today, we check in on some American League stars and will be checking in on the National League in the coming days.
OF – Colin Curtis, NYY (Arizona State, 4th Round, 2006)
Curtis started off Spring Training strong with a walk-off 3-run homerun against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first game of Spring Training, and has a chance to make the Opening Day roster. His chances depend on the what the Yankees see in Jamie Hoffman, who is currently hitting .125 with only one extra basehit in 16 AB’s. Bleacher Report has a good analysis on Colin’s chances of making the 25-man roster.
One of the things looked over by many College Baseball fans is the education side of the game. MLB.com recently sat down with former Florida Gator and current Cleveland Indians player Matt LaPorta who recently completed his degree in Recreation and Event Planning. LaPorta ended up playing four years of baseball with the Gators but never actually completed his studies.
The Wall Street Journal has an excellent article about which schools are the most successful in developing pro prospects. The interesting part about the MLB Draft is how high the failure rate of players is. One example of this is 1999 when over half of the first round picks have not been in the MLB while Albert Pujols has become the most feared hitter after being picked with the 402nd selection in that same draft. Continue reading America’s Best Baseball Schools→
Project Prospect writer Brett Sullivan recently sat down with former James Madison outfielder Kellen Kulbacki who was selected with the 40th overall pick in the 2007 draft. He had an outstanding career with JMU where he was named the 2006 Co-Collegiate Player of the Year. He struggled this summer in Low A with Fort Wayne but picked up once he was promoted to Lake Elsinore in the California League. He ended up hitting .332 with 20 homers and 66 RBI. The interview with him is in depth and talks about his struggles in the minors and some of his thoughts on baseball. Continue reading Project Prospect checks in with Kellen Kulbacki→
Most of my readers know that I am a diehard Red Sox fan but we have to congratulate to the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays after they both advance to the 2008 World Series. The Rays ended up making the series on the arm of David Price who was the number 1 pick in the 2007 MLB draft after a standout career with the Vanderbilt Commodores. He ended up getting the final four outs in Game 7 of the ALCS protecting a two run lead. They also featured 2006 number 3 overall pick, 2005 Cape Cod League MVP, and 2006 Big West Player of the Year Evan Longoria from Long Beach State. He has played in all eleven games of the playoffs with a .262 average, six homers, and eleven RBI. Continue reading Phillies-Rays set to face off in World Series→
Eight-year major league veteran Scott Podsednik made a visit to the UT Arlington baseball practice on Thursday afternoon at Clay Gould Ballpark to visit with Maverick players and coaches. Podsednik, who currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Texas spent the 2008 season with the Colorado Rockies, and is among the major league’s best base stealers.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
BEIJING, — Starting pitcher Jake Arrieta (Farmington, Mo.) threw six scoreless innings and Nate Schierholtz (Danville, Calif.) went 2-for-3 with three RBIs as the U.S. Olympic baseball team defeated China, 9-1, on Monday evening at the Wukesong Main Field. Continue reading USA wins a wild game over China→
David Price, the No. 1 overall draft pick in the the 2007 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, is profiled in this week’s Sports Illustrated. You can read the article here.
Price left Vanderbilt as the most decorated pitcher in school history, winning numerous honors including the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award, and has shown no signs of letting up in his first professional season. Price was 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 34.2 innings Class A Vero Beach before being called up to Double A Montgomery, where he is 5-0 with a 2.20 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 45 innings. Continue reading “Young, Gifted And Black”: Price profiled in Sports Illustrated→
I recently ran across an article on Yahoo about professional baseball players running into shoulder and elbow problems. The researchers of the study found a MLB franchise had 44 players that had severe enough injuries to their shoulders or elbows to cause them to have surgery. The study found that only 18 percent of the players returned to their previous level of production. Continue reading Elbow, Shoulder Injuries taking a Toll on MLB Players→