Archive for August 26th, 2009

Northern Sun Baseball – Summer ‘09 Recruiting

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The 2009-10 school year is about to begin and the summer 2009 baseball signing period has come and gone.  A number of programs have announced additions to their programs for the coming year.  It’s actually quite surprising to see SO MANY signings at some of these schools.  If I was one of the first to commit and they signed 17 more players after me I might be a bit upset –

  • Augustana had a better than expected season last year under new coach Tim Huber and is building on that with the addition of 18  new players for the 2010 season.  They announced 10 summer signings in June (Augustana Baseball Inks 10) and 3 more in August (Augies Add to 2009 Class).
  • Concordia is adding 11 new players to a team that had last years smallest roster and a team that lost a number of its best players to graduation – Tartan Star Commits – Brings Golden Bears to 11
  • St. Cloud State, in my  opinion, easily had the best recruiting class for the coming year (granted I only know MN high schoolers).  They already had an excellent class coming in when they announced in late July the signing of Lion’s All-Star Series MVP, Jon Traetow (Lions MVP Signs) and then followed that up with signing 3 transfers from D1’s Northern Iowa who disbanded their team (Schultz SigningSchwenke SigningJohnson Signing).  The Huskies had previously announced the signing of 6 other freshman who participated in the Lion’s All-Star Series, including one of Minnesota’s top 2009 high school athletes in Willmar’s Jordan Smith.
  • Upper Iowa one upped Augustana by announcing that they had signed 19 players for the 2010 season.  The press release was pretty interesting as they didn’t even have any information on a number of their players previous baseball careers.  It would be interesting to see how they divvy up the scholarship money or find out how many of these guys are walking on.  Peacock Baseball Recruiting Class
  • Back in July, Wayne State announced the signing of 3 additional players to bring their class to a total of 8.  3 Join Wildcat Baseball
  • Finally, Minnesota Duluth announced that they have signed 4 more players bringing their total to 9 (including 7 pitchers).  One interesting note is that early signee, Evan Knutson of Faribault, is no longer listed as a signee so he’s obviously going somewhere else.  Also, the signings at UMD include 2 sons of former Minnesota Twins!  UMD Baseball Adds 4
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Stories From Around NCAA College Baseball

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Time to catch up on stories from around NCAA college baseball as school approaches. 

  • As a follow up to my last story about the NCAA banning composite bats (NCAA Rule Changes) the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP) did approve the plan to put a temporary ban on composite bats – PROP Approves Action on Composite Bats
  • I wrote some last year about the demise of college baseball at D1 schools Vermont and Northern Iowa.  In fact, colleges across the country have eliminated 227 different sports teams in the past 3 years.  This summer, the University of Wisconsin La Crosse made a similar threat to shut down their D3 baseball program.  Fortunately, the school allowed boosters to fund raise the $50k needed to save the program for now which has happened.  You can read about the effort and publicity that saved UWL baseball here – Save UW La Crosse Baseball Site
  • Something I missed back during the D2 College World Series was this blog by a Dowling pitcher about his experience during the event.  It is quite well written – “This morning was truly an awakening of the senses, as it was surely the first and best day of all our baseball careers to date.”  You can find it here – A Pitcher’s Perspective
  • Finally, I saw this interesting piece from the Collegebaseball360 Blog.  As the father of a pitcher and a youth baseball coach I’ve long been concerned about pitch counts.  Many of you may have heard about the 25 inning D1 playoff game between Texas and Boston College – Texas closer Austin Wood received a lot of well deserved national attention for his 13 inning effort in the Longhorn’s 25-inning win over Boston College in the Austin Regional. However, Wood was not the same after that outing that saw him throw nearly 140 pitches. In his two combined Regional outings Wood totaled 15.0 IP with 2 hits, 4 BB, 17 strikeouts and no runs allowed. However, in his six appearances after the famed 13-inning outing here are the lefty’s numbers: 11 IP, 16 hits, 10 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 8 K, with a 6.54 ERA. Wood made his nation-leading 41st appearance of the season when he toed the rubber for the last time in the final game of the CWS vs. LSU.  CWS – Before & After.  Boyd’s World Website does a good job of calling out schools that abuse pitchers here – D1 Pitch Count Watch

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