Here are my Top Five choices to take over the Arizona State baseball program for the 2011 season if I was in Lisa Love’s position. Tim Esmay was named the Interim head coach for the 2010 season on December 3rd. The new coach will have to deal with potential NCAA or university sanctions from an ongoing investigation into the baseball program. This might end up pushing some candidates away from the job.
We continue the list today with number 55 in our countdown with San Diego junior RHP Kyle Blair. He is from from Monte Sereno, California where he attended Los Gatos High School. In his junior year of high school, Blair had an outstanding record of 13-1 with an ERA of 0.16 allowing only two earned runs in 89.2 innings of work. His senior season saw him go 9-2 with a 0.31 ERA and racking up 147 strikeouts, This type of performance was good enough to be selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth round, but he turned down the money by honoring his commitment to the San Diego program.
EIU adds seven for spring of ’11
CHARLESTON, Ill. – Striving to build on two Ohio Valley Conference championships the last two years, head coach Jim Schmitz has announced Eastern Illinois baseball’s seven-player recruiting class set to join the program for the 2011 season.
We continue the list today with number 73 in our countdown with San Diego LHP Sammy Solis. He is a 6-5 228 pound lefty out of Agua Frias High School and Litchfield Park Arizona. He had a career record of 25-8 in high school while recording 398 strikeouts, which is second most in state history at the 4A division in Arizona. Heading into his senior campaign, he was named a preseason All-American by Rawlings.
Baseball America recently put out their Top 25 College Baseball and High School Prospects for the 2010 MLB Draft. The college rankings are led by Bryce Harper who has received national attention for skipping his final two years of high school to play college baseball with Community College of Southern Nevada. The rest of the top five is Anthony Ranaudo from LSU, Deck McGuire from Ga Tech, Levon Washington from Chipola JC, and Chris Sale from Florida Gulf Coast. The rest of the top 25 is available below.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
The Toreros’ schedule features yet another strong caliber of opponents, much like the 2009 season. San Diego will face 11 NCAA Tournament participants including the University of Oklahoma, Rice, Coastal Carolina, Gonzaga, Indiana, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, Arizona State, San Diego State, and Fresno State to highlight USD’s schedule. The Toreros will compete in 26 games against this top competition.
San Diego head coach Rich Hill has announced coaching changes with former top assistant coach Eric Valenzuela heading over to cross town rival San Diego State. The biggest change sees Jay Johnson moved up to the top assistant position while Tyler Kincaid has been hired from Palomar College to take over the pitching duties. Ramon Orozco has been moved up to volunteer assistant coach while Nik Crouch joins the staff as the Director of Baseball Operations. We should see how the move by Valenzuela affects the San Diego program as he was very important in bringing some star players into the program which is highlighted by Brian Matusz and Josh Romanski.
The Cape Cod Baseball League has put out their 2009 All-Cape League team. It is led by CCBL MVP Kyle Roller from East Carolina and CCBL Top Pitcher Chris Sale from Florida Gulf Coast. The infield features first baseman Mickey Wiswall (Boston College), second baseman Pierre LePage (Uconn), shortstop B.A. Vollmuth (Southern Miss) and third baseman Jedd Gyorko (West Virginia). The two ultility infielders are Zach Cox (Arkansas) and Nick Crawford (UAB). The outfield is led by Todd Cunningham (Jacksonville State). The other four members of the All-League outfield are Gary Brown (CS-Fullerton), Austin Wates (Virginia Tech), Brian Fletcher (Auburn), and George Springer (UConn). The catchers are Mike Murray (Wake Forest) and Cody Stanley (UNC-Wilmington). Ryan Cuneo (Delaware) joins Roller as the All-League Designated Hitters.
FROM CAPE COD BASEBALL LEAGUE
COCA-COLA PITCHER OF THE MONTH
Kyle Blair, Brewster RHP
The Coca-Cola Pitcher of the Month for July has been awarded to Kyle Blair (Sand Diego) of Brewster. Blair’s record remains flawless on the season, winning three and losing none. Over the past month, the 6-3 righty has appeared in four games, all of them starts, and recorded 27 innings pitched. Over those 27 innings, Blair has surrendered only 12 hits and three earned runs, good for a 1.00 ERA. He also sports a 1.40 strikeouts-per-innings-pitched ratio, with 38 strikeouts this month.
FROM CCBL RELEASE
COCA COLA PITCHER OF THE WEEK:
Kyle Blair, Brewster RHP
Brewster’s Kyle Blair (San Diego) has earned this week’s Coca-Cola Pitcher of the Week Award. In his only start of the week, the righty put on a commanding performance in a 10-2 victory over Bourne, giving up only two unearned runs in a nine inning complete game. Blair fanned 12 Braves over the course of the game, while scattering only 4 hits.
Blair is a sophomore at University of San Diego. He led the Toreros in earned run average in 2009, at 3.13, and also led the team with a .225 batting average against. Blair began to turn heads his freshman year, posting an 8-4 record and earning All-West Coast Conference Freshman Team honors. Continue reading Cape Cod Baseball League Players of the Week (July 20th)