The College Baseball Blog kicks off our 2010 Season Previews with the ACC Coastal Division. The North Carolina Tar Heels won the division title in the 2009 season by going 19-10 while Georgia Tech finished in second place with a 17-10-1 record. Miami (FL) came in third with a 18-12 record while Virginia finished in fourth at 16-11-1. Duke finished in fifth place at 15-15 while Virginia Tech finished in last place with a 12-17 record.
We continue the list today with number 40 in our countdown with Arizona State senior outfielder Kole Calhoun. He is from Buckeye Arizona and attended Buckeye High School where he was a four year letter winner while being named All-State twice. He was also named Skyline Region player of the year in 2006 and West Valley player of the year in 2005.
We continue the list today with number 51 in our countdown with Kansas junior RHP TJ Walz. He is from Omaha Nebraska as he attended Skutt Catholic High School. He picked up three letters playing under head coach Keith Englekamp. His senior season saw him go 11-1 with a 1.81 ERA while striking out 136 batters in 81 innings.
We continue the list today with number 68 in our countdown with UC-Riverside sophomore catcher Rob Brantly. He is a 6’3 195 pound catcher out of Temecula Valley California where he went to Chapparal High School. He picked up four letters in high school including being named 2007-08 First-Team All-League and 2008 First-Team All-Valley and Second-Team All-County. He was picked in the 2008 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals with the 1378 overall selection but decided to attend UC-Riverside.
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DURHAM, N.C.–Mississippi and Washington State lead all schools by placing five players apiece on Baseball America’s top prospects lists for 18 different summer college leagues and Team USA. Last summer, Louisiana State and Texas each led the nation with five players apiece on BA’s summer league lists, and those two teams wound up facing off for the national championship at the College World Series.
BA ranked the top 30 prospects for the talent-rich Cape Cod League, and the top 10 prospects in 17 other summer college leagues. In addition, the top 20 Team USA prospects were ranked.
The St. Cloud Times has an excellent article looking at Northwoods League umpires Rick Brennan and Ron Brooks who have spent the summer with the league. They have spent the summer traveling through the league facing multiple hour road trips between cities before heading out to the games.
THIBODAUX – After nearly doubling both its 2008 overall and Southland Conference win totals in 2009, the Nicholls State University baseball team has continued to build momentum during the summer.
(ROCHESTER, MN) The Northwoods League announced the rosters for the 2009 All-Star Game that will be played Tuesday, July 21st at 6:05 PM Eastern in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
The Texas Longhorns will send players this summer to the Cape Cod League, California Collegiate League, M.I.N.K. League and the Northwood League.
The CBB continues our countdown to the 2009 College Baseball season with our Top 50 players to watch. We will be providing one player each day (Monday-Saturday) until we reach number 1.
We continue the list today with Junior Matt Prokopowicz from Hofstra checking in at the 43rd spot in our countdown. He is a 6′0 205 pound third baseman out of Massapequa High School in Massapequa New York. Continue reading