College Baseball News of Note

Night Gathering

Here are some of the college baseball stories that have caught my eye over recent days that I thought you might like to take a look at –

  • As reported back in late February, the University of Northern Iowa announced that they were dropping college baseball (UNI Drops Baseball).  Now the University is holding out hope that they can fund raise enough donations to keep the program alive.  They are looking to raise $1.2 Million dollars in pledges by April 5th in order to save baseball which has been played at the school for the past 103 years.  You can view their progress or make a donation here – Support UNI Baseball
  • Rivals does a very good job of covering college baseball.  They recently published their Top 100 High School Prospects.  It’s interesting that all but 1 of them is already committed to a school for next year (of course this is before MLB could draft and sign them).  I was struck by how few of the Top 100 came from northern schools.  I counted 1 kid each from IL, IA, MI, KS and IN but the rest of them all come from the south.  It’s no wonder that northern schools struggle to compete as both the weather and talent pool gives the south a decided advantage.  Rivals Top 100 High School Prospects
  • The Minnesota High School baseball season kicks off in 2 short weeks.  A large number of Northern Sun players come out of Minnesota so it’s worth keeping track of the top teams.  The MN Coaches Association has published their pre-season rankings for 2009.  Minnesota Preseason High School Rankings
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1 Response to “College Baseball News of Note”


  1. 1 cu#17dad March 18, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Hope the weather cooperates as the conference season opens.

    Having followed HS baseball (35 years) and collegiate baseball for several years it is easy to tell why southern players rate higher in numbers. The weather is better most of the year. The teams: AAU, HS, and Legion teams play more games for more opportunities to be scouted. I honestly believe any all star team from a northern state would compare well and compete with any southern state all star team. When a northern state player is drafted it may take a bit longer to reach a high level because they are normally drafted in a lower round. Higher round choices are provided more opportunities to succeed and fail due to the financial commitment


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