Senior Swingers

by on February 17, 2010   2 Comments

Not to be confused with geriatric women in poodle skirts, the list of candidates for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award has been released.  An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School™, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

NCAA DI Pre-Season Top 20 Rankings

by on February 17, 2010   No Comments

Most baseball publications have Texas as the team to beat in 2010, but LSU has the best prospect in college baseball not named Bryce Harper – 6’7″ RHP Anthony Ranaudo.  He was 12-3 with 159 Ks in 124.1 IP last spring and will only get better in 2010.

Let the Bryce Harper Watch Begin

by on February 17, 2010   No Comments

In case you’ve been living in a hole the past couple of years, the projected #1 pick in the 2010 draft is a catcher named Bryce Harper, a freshman at Southern Nevada Junior College.

Harper has been considered a top prospects for a long time, but made waves last year when he earned his GED as a sophomore in high school in order to enter junior college in what would be his junior year.  This maneuver helps him enter the MLB draft a year early and not delay his multi-million dollar payday any second longer than it needed to be.

So far so good for Harper, who through today is hitting .349 (15-43) with six doubles, a triple, three home runs, and 15 RBI in just 11 games.  He also boasts a .420 OBP, .744 SLG and three stolen bases.  The only place he has struggled so far is controlling the running game, only catching one of the first eight runners attempting to steal off of him.

Summit League Prospects & Preview

by on February 11, 2010   No Comments

Oral Roberts has won the Summit League in baseball every single year since they joined in 1998.  Will their unprecedented 12-year dominance come to an end in 2010?  We think so.

Player of the Year:  Jesse Sawyer, JR 3B, South Dakota State

Pitcher of the Year:  Boone Whiting, JR RHP, Centenary

Conference Champion:  Centenary

Practice Made Perfect

by on February 9, 2010   One Comment

You could say that practice has been made perfect with the addition of the new indoor practice facility at Wichita State University.  Normally this time of year the baseball team would be fighting the frigid Kansas winters in order to get some practice time in.  However, times have changed and practice has warmed up.

Horizon League Prospects & Preview

by on February 9, 2010   No Comments

The Horizon League’s tournament champion in 2009 was Wright State, and the Raiders are favored for the regular season title in 2010 by the annual coaches poll.  However, they are going to have to fend off a solid Illinois – Chicago team and the Penguins of Youngstown State, who have some of the top prospects in the conference.

Player of the Year:  Quentin Cate, SR 3B, Wright State

Pitcher of the Year:  Alex Kaminsky, SR RHP, Wright State

Conference Champion:  Wright State

Southland Conference Prospects & Preview

by on February 5, 2010   No Comments

The Southland Conference has 12-teams and a reputation for developing Major League caliber talent.  A total of 21 conference players were selected in the 2009 MLB draft, who are the top prospects in the conference for 2010?

Player of the Year:  Michael Choice, JR OF, UTA

Pitcher of the Year:  Eric Harrington, SO RHP, Lamar

Conference Champion:  Texas State

Patriot League Prospects & Preview

by on February 2, 2010   No Comments

The Patriot League was dominated by Army in 2009, and unfortunately for the competition, they have most of their talent coming back and should be even better in 2010.  Continue reading for a team by team preview, top 10 MLB draft prospects, and more.

Player of the Year:  Clint Moore, JR SS, Army

Pitcher of the Year:  Ben Koenigsfeld, JR P, Army

Conference Champion: Army

Big Ten Prospects & Preview

by on February 1, 2010   No Comments

The 2009 Big Ten Championship was won by Ohio State, which broke a streak of three straight Michigan regular season championships.  Will the 2010 season see the Maize and Blue back in contention?  Will the Buckeyes repeat?  Does Minnesota, Illinois or Indiana have what it takes to jump to the top?  Continue reading for our take on the projected finish and initial list of the conference’s top 10 prospects.

Player of the Year: Ryan LaMarre, JR OF, Michigan

Pitcher of the Year:  Alex Wimmers, JR SP, Ohio State

Conference Champion:  Ohio State

America East Prospects & Preview

by on February 1, 2010   No Comments

The unfortunate story out of the America East Conference for 2010 is the University of Vermont losing their baseball program, which leave just six teams: Albany, Binghamton, Hartford, Maine, UMBC, and Stony Brook.

Player of the Year: Corey Taylor, OF, Binghamton

Pitcher of the Year: Kevin Scanlan, Maine

Projected Conference ChampionMaine

Continue reading for more information on America East teams and prospects…