Paul Kostacopoulos and the Naval Academy have released their 2007 baseball schedule. The Navy Midshipmen will be led by Mitch Harris who was rated the number 2 pro prospect in the Cal Ripken Sr. League this past summer. The Midshipmen open the season on the road at Florida A & M. They will also take part in the Service Academy Classic in Millington TN from Feb. 23rd-25th. The teams which they are playing are Air Force and NCAA Tournament participant Missouri. Paul Kostacopoulos will also welcome back one of his old assistant coaches from his Providence College days in Charlie Hickey who leads the Regular Season NEC champs in the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils. Hickey was a key member of the Providence coaching staff during Paul’s days there and ended up taking over the Providence program when Kostacopoulos left for Maine. The Midshipmen make a trip to Holy Cross this season so The College Baseball Blog will be there attending the games and giving you their insight on the Midshipmen in Late March/Early April. I believe that Navy will continue to raise the profile of their program with the work of Mr. Kostacopoulos and his great coaching ability but they will not beat the Army Cadets this season in the Patriot League.
The full schedule is available here.
The Army Cadets have released their 2007 schedule. They have a bunch of games down in the South to start the season which is traditional for a northern school. They visit Sam Houston State, Wofford, and UNC Greensboro each for 3 games sets to start the first 3 weekend series. They also have a mid-week out of conference game in Gainesville against the Florida Gators. The rest of their season is made up of Patriot League games and regional games with Cornell, Iona, and Manhattan.
This Army team should be right at the top of the Patriot League this season with All-American candidate pitcher Nick Hill and outfielder/closer Milan Dinga who can hit over 90 MPH. I predict on October 24th, that Nick Hill will pitch the game against the Gators and will give them fits.
Mitch Harris of the Naval Academy was named the second best pro prospect for this past summer in the Cal Ripken Senior League. Harris pitched in six games this past summer striking out 26 batters in his 25 innings of work.
The Navy Midshipmen and Paul Kostacopoulos have released the class of 20 student-athletes for 2010. They are expected to be part of the massive turnaround that is going on in Annapolis with former Providence College and Maine Head Coach Paul Kostacopoulos. He was an excellent pick for this job and should bring success in NCAA bids in the near future with this class. Click here for the press release.
Milan Dinga of West Point has had a very easy summer since He did not have to do any summer training as part of his West Point education. He batted this past season .184 but was very successful out of the bullpen with a 1-0 record and a 1.35 ERA. He struck out 16 batters in 20 innings this season. The scouts believe he will be a very good pitcher and have their eyes set on him. The Cape Cod Times recently did a spotlight on him and it can be at this link.