We continue the countdown today at number 73 with Oregon State’s Andrew Susac. He is a 6’1 200 pound sophomore catcher from Roseville California and Jesuit High School. He was a two year letter winner in high school as he was named first-team all-city honors, Delta River League MVP, First-Team All-State, ESPN First-Team All-State, and Rawlings First-Team All-State. He was also named a 2009 Louisville Slugger All-American. After his senior season, Baseball America rated him as the 40th player in the country while Perfect Game had him 28 and Baseball Factory at 32. The Philadelphia Phillies selected him in the 16th round but were not able to come to terms with him.
We start off the countdown today at number 100 with UC-Riverside RHP Matt Andriese. He is a junior from Redlands California where he attended Redlands East Valley High School. His high school days saw him earned three letters under Steve Hernandez. He help lead the Wildcats to a back to back Citrus Belt Championships in 2007 and 2008. Matt was named all-league in each of his three seasons while being named All-CIF during his final two seasons. In his senior campaign, he went an outstanding 9-2 with a 0.82 ERA which led to him being selected by the Texas Rangers in the 37th round.
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DURHAM, N.C.–The Pacific-10 Conference dominated Baseball America’s top prospects lists for 18 summer college leagues and Team USA, which have been posted at BaseballAmerica.com. The Pac-10 leads all conferences with 30 players on the lists and six players ranking as the No. 1 prospects in their respective leagues.
We continue the list today with number 48 in our countdown with UC-Irvine senior LHP Daniel Bibona. He is from Lake Forest California and graduated from Santa Margarita High School. His senior season saw him go 5-4 on the mound with a 1.81 ERA and struck out 69 batters in 46 innings of work.
We continue the list today with number 89 in our countdown with Oregon State sophomore RHP Sam Gaviglio. He is a 6’1 170 pound righthander out of Ashland High School in Ashland Oregon. He picked up three letters in high school playing under Don Senestrero. In his senior season, he went a perfect 13-0 with a 0.50 ERA including 108 strikeouts while picking up 5A Pitcher of the Year award. The Tampa Bay Rays selected him in the 40th round but decided to attend Oregon State to play under Pat Casey.
FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE
Pacific Baseball Ventures, LLC (PBV), a group of investors with strong ties to the Walla Walla community, announces today that they have been granted an expansion franchise in the West Coast League (WCL). The team will begin administrative operations in Walla Walla in November of 2009, and will play a full WCL schedule starting in June 2010. They will play home games at historic Borleske Stadium, bringing minor-league style baseball back to the park for the first time since 1983, when it last hosted the likes of Hall of Famers Ozzie Smith and Tony Gwynn.
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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 Corvallis Knights lead the West Division with a 16-4 record. On July 3, they drew a league-record crowd of 3,506 against the Bend Elks. The Knights won 9-2; Matt Andriese (UC-Riverside) started and got the win, went six innings, allowed five hits, struck out seven. The winning run came on a home run by Dylan Jones (Mount Hood CC) in the bottom of the fourth. Richie Jiminez (Riverside CC) leads the league in hitting with a .429 average. James Nygren (Oregon State) has a record of 2-0, 2.33 ERA. Andriese is 2-0, 0.60 ERA. Continue reading
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LOS ANGELES – UCLA head baseball coach John Savage has announced that nine student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to attend UCLA and play baseball. Aided by assistant coaches Rick Vanderhook and Steve Pearse, the fifth recruiting class under Savage includes six position players, one pitcher and one two-way player.
The Bruins’ recruiting class is highlighted by three AFLAC All-Americans – right-handed pitcher Scott Griggs, infielder David Nick and catcher Max Stassi. The nine talented ballplayers, currently seniors in high school, will enroll at UCLA in the fall of 2009.
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NORMAN, Okla. — Throughout the summer, SoonerSports.com will bring fans weekly updates of current Sooners competing in the numerous summer baseball leagues around the country. Fans can also access information on former Sooners playing in Major League Baseball and its minor league affiliates.
The seventh installment, along with links to each of the players’ statistics, are listed below:
Summer Collegiate League
Doug Buser (Kitsap Bluejackets) and Garrett Buechele (Palm Springs Power) continue their outstanding play in the West Coast League. On July 18 and 20, Buser hit .500 for the Bluejackets in their series against the Corvallis Knights. The first game the Bluejackets won 4-2 but the second game they fell 3-1. For the season, Buser is hitting .328 with 13 RBIs and nine stolen bases.