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
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Former Illini shortstop Brandon Wikoff (Peoria, Ill.), third baseman Dominic Altobelli (Oak Forest) and center fielder Joe Bonadonna (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) all signed or will sign their first professional contracts recently, as Altobelli inked his deal Friday, Wikoff signed on Sunday and Bonadonna will sign his contract Tuesday. In addition, Illinois signee Seth Schwindenhammer (Bartonville, Ill.) signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox on Sunday after being drafted in the fifth round and will begin playing with the rookie-league GCL Red Sox in Florida rather than attending college. Continue reading Illini Baseball Sees 4 Sign Pro Contracts
Here are some of the best links from around the nation.
The first article comes from The Boston Globe which checks in with four Massachusetts student athletes who have found success at Gettysburg College. The next article comes from Corky Blake which looks at MLB and College Baseball’s African-American players whose participation numbers have gone down in the last 20 years. The Daily Cal writer Matt Kawahara previews the Cal-Oregon weekend series. The State checks in with two sport Clemson athlete Kyle Parker who has been spending time in spring football and with the baseball squad while trying to balance schoolwork too. Continue reading Links from Around the Nation
FROM CAPE COD BASEBALL LEAGUE
BOSTON, MA – The Under Armour Cape League All-Star Game will take place on Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 7:05 p.m. at Fenway Park for the first time in 22 years. The game will be broadcast on the New England Sports Network (NESN) and will feature a Home Run Derby prior to the game. Continue reading Cape Cod All-Star Game heads to Fenway
Our good friends over at Codball.com are reporting that the CCBL All-Star Game will be held at Fenway Park on July 23rd. This is an interesting move by The Cape Cod League as the All-Star game is always the top attended event on the Cape and the city of Boston very rarely supports college sports other then hockey. The Baseball Beanpot will take place on April 13th and rarely draws more then 500 people to the legendary ballpark. Continue reading CCBL All-Star Game at Fenway
Since we are eagerly awaiting the start of the 2009 College Baseball season, I thought I would do a weekly segment with users sending us questions about interesting topics about issues or teams. I will select about five questions every week to be posted with answers on Tuesday morning. You can send us your questions for next week by clicking here. Continue reading CBB Column: Q and A for Jan. 13th
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
ORLEANS, Mass. – There will be no Cardinals taking flight at Eldredge Park in Orleans this summer. The town’s entry in the Cape Cod Baseball League has officially changed its nickname to … drum roll, please … the Orleans Firebirds! Continue reading Orleans Cardinals become Orleans Firebirds
The New York Times has a great article about Clay Zavada’s journey through the minor leagues. He was selected in the 30th round in 2006 where he received a $1,000 bonus which was barely enough to cover his deposit on his apartment. After the 2006 summer, Clay’s father died leaving the families property to him. He ended up losing touch with the Arizona Diamondbacks who subsequently dropped his contract. He ended up finishing up his degree in the spring of 2008 and with some encouragement from a friend went to an open tryout for the independent league member Southern Illinois Miners. His performance ended up getting him a second chance with the Diamondbacks who ended up signing him in June. Continue reading SIU-Edwardsville alum Clay Zavada’s Journey in the Minors
I got an email today from the San Diego Media Relations department telling me that Rich Hill of the University of San Diego has been one of the eleven collegiate coaches selected to meet with scouting directors and other MLB personnel. A couple of the other big name coaches are Ray Tanner of South Carolina, Augie Garrido of Texas, and Pat Casey of Oregon State. They are going to discuss how the relationship between collegiate baseball and MLB baseball can be improved with the sharing of information on potential draftees and other issues. Continue reading MLB and College Relations getting better?
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