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Texas A&M has been unanimously selected as the preseason favorite to win the 2012 Big 12 baseball regular season title. In a vote by the league’s head coaches, the Aggies earned eight first place votes, totaling 64 points. In 2011, TAMU made its fifth College World Series appearance, claimed its second-straight Big 12 postseason crown and earned a share of the regular season title. The Aggies are ranked in the top 10 of all four preseason national polls entering the 2012 campaign. Continue reading
In 2012, the Big 12 will be without a former power, while saying farewell to a pair of teams and preparing to welcome another. With Nebraska officially gone to the Big Ten, the conference will take on a new shape with only nine members. Conference favorite, Texas A&M, is preparing to compete in their final Big 12 season before jumping ship to the powerful SEC with Missouri in tow. With all the departures, the conference decided to extend an invitation to recent powerhouse TCU, increasing the competition level. Continue reading
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The Big 12 Conference has announced its 2012 FSN baseball and softball schedule. Eight games, including the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, will be broadcast. Continue reading
MLB.com has put out their 2012 Top 50 Prospects. As I have been saying throughout the year, the 2012 college draft class is down with only 20 included on the list. Leading the draft class is Stanford RHP Mark Appel who had an outstanding summer with the USA National Team and in the Cape Cod Baseball League. The other two college players in the Top Five are Arizona State shortstop Deven Marrero at number 3 and Florida catcher Mike Zunino at number 5. The full list of college players are below. Continue reading
The Chicago White Sox put a quick end to their search for a new manager on Thursday, announcing the hiring of Robin Ventura to replace the sometimes polarizing Ozzie Guillen. Ventura, a former White Sox third baseman, will take over a team that went 79-83 in 2011.
Ventura has significant ties to college baseball. This past season, Ventura contributed analysis to ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA Tournament. In addition, he served on the advisory board for the Capital One Cup, an ranking and reward system for all Division I sports programs. Ventura is also a member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame, and earned both the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award during his Oklahoma State career. Continue reading
Kirk Bohls and Alan Trubow of The Austin American Statesman are stating that Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State are currently in negotiations to join the PAC-12. According to the report, the schools are working out the final details about the deal which would allow the Longhorns to keep the Longhorn Network. Continue reading
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CAPE COD, Mass. – Commissioner Paul Galop has announced the 2011 Cape Cod Baseball League All-League Team.
Heading the list of positional players is CCBL Most Valuable Player Travis Jankowski (Stony Brook) of Bourne, who hit .329 with 22 RBIs for the Bourne Braves, along with batting champion Stephen Piscotty (Stanford) of Yarmouth-Dennis, who hit .349, edging out fellow All-League catcher Dane Phillips (Oklahoma State) of Chatham by a mere .0002. Phillips led the league with 34 RBI. Continue reading
Oklahoma State catcher Dane Phillips will transfer to Arkansas immediately according to multiple reports including Baseball America’s Aaron Fitt. Phillips played in all 60 games last year for the Cowboys hitting .339 with four homers and 32 RBI. He was solid this summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Chatham Anglers hitting .349 with four homers and 34 RBI in 41 games. Continue reading
COCA COLA PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Jon Moscot, Hyannis RHP
Hyannis hurler Jon Moscot (Pepperdine) is this week’s Coca Cola Pitcher of the Week after allowing no earned runs in a win over Cotuit this week. Moscot scattered seven hits over seven innings and allowed only an unearned run.
In the win, Moscot was able to shut down the Cape League’s premier hitter, Victor Roache (Georgia Southern), striking him out twice and not allowing Roache to reach base in four plate attempts.
Moscot has a solid 3.29 earned run average this summer, but only a 2-3 record to show for it. The soon-to-be junior at Pepperdine has shown promising stuff, striking out 40 in his 38.1 innings pitched. Continue reading