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Cal. Poly No. 1 In Latest CB Poll

Big League Chew LogoTUCSON, Ariz. — Cal. Poly is ranked No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I baseball poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.

It marks the first time in history the Mustangs have been ranked No. 1 in the Collegiate Baseball top 30 poll which dates back to the 1959 season. Cal. Poly, 34-5, swept Cal. St. Fullerton three straight over the past weekend and has won 10 straight games (24 of its last 26).

The Mustangs have a superb 2.73 team ERA as the pitching staff nearly has a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio (367 strikeouts, 133 walks). Defensively, Cal. Poly has a .981 fielding percentage with only 28 errors in 39 games. Only 18 stolen bases have been allowed in 39 attempts. Offensively, the team is averaging 6.2 runs per game.

For more information and the complete top 30 poll, CLICK HERE.


Louisville Slugger National Players Of The Week

PrintSix Louisville Slugger National Players Of The Week were named this week.

Heading the list is a pitcher who struck out 16 batters, another with a no-hitter and a closer who has retired 27 of his last 29 batters with 16 strikeouts. One hitter went 8-for-10 and another 10-for-15.

For more on who the Louisville Slugger National Players of The Week are, CLICK HERE and scroll down to the story.


The Latest College Baseball Polls

The Road To OmahaEvery 2014 college division poll is listed:

• NCAA Division 1
• NCAA Division 2
• NCAA Division 3
• NAIA
• NJCAA Division 1
• NJCAA Division 2
• NJCAA Division 3
• Pacific Junior College Division
• Northern California Junior Colleges
• Southern California Junior Colleges

To view 2014 Polls, go to the top menu and search POLLS.


Lambert (Ga) No. 1 In CB’s National H.S. Poll

TUCSON, Ariz. — Lambert (Suwanee, GA) is ranked No. 1 in the latest Collegiate Baseball National High School Poll with a 23-0 record.

The past two weeks have been tumultuous for some teams. A number of key upsets and multiple recent losses by ranked teams have allowed new teams in various states to enter the Top 30. Lambert, the top team in Georgia, has been an imposing ball club all season long. The Longhorns recently won the USA Classic held in Memphis, Tenn. with a 7-2 victory over Fayetteville (AR).

The pitching staff has a 1.25 team ERA in 23 games. Top starters include Seth Beer (6-0, 0.28 ERA, 32 K, 25 IP), Dylan Biumi (5-0, 0.99 ERA, 27 K, 28 IP) and JD Dutka (7-0, 1.35 ERA, 31 K, 46.2 IP). Two senior relievers also have posted outstanding numbers in Thomas Kubiak (2-0, 1.00 ERA, 9 APP) and Harrison Lee (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 8 APP).

The Longhorns also are a superb hitting team with a team batting average of .382. Leading the offense is Beer with a .618 batting average, 14 doubles, 3 home runs and 33 RBI. Six other hitters have batting averages over .350

To read more about the top 30 teams, CLICK HERE.


Brain Training Works Its Magic At U.C. Riverside

BrainRIVERSIDE, Calif. — U.C. Riverside’s baseball team participated in a brain training research project last season that significantly improved the vision of players and may have added up to 4-5 games in the win column.

The trained players had 4.4 percent fewer strikeouts – a decrease not experienced in the rest of the Big West Conference – and the team scored 41 more runs than projected after factoring in skill improvements players would be expected to gain over the course of a season.

The researchers arrived at this number by using the runs-created formula developed by Bill James.

The results of the study appear in a paper, Improved Vision And On-Field Performance In Baseball Through Perceptual Learning that was published in the Feb. 17 issue of Current Biology.

To read more, CLICK HERE.


Barry Bonds Had Remarkable Baseball Vision

Barry Bonds homerLAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Why isn’t more time spent training the eyes to see pitches better, fielding the ball more cleanly or training pitchers to have more command with more focused vision?

Dr. Bill Harrison, the most renowned visual performance specialist the game of baseball has ever witnessed, has spent nearly 50 years studying how to train the vision of athletes at the highest level possible.

He has worked with a who’s who list of current and future Hall of Famers in Major League baseball led by Barry Bonds, George Brett, and Greg Maddux, just to name a few. He’s also worked with more than half of the major league clubs, several colleges, universities and academies, including the original Kansas City Royals Baseball Academy.

Dr. Harrison has taught many other Major League hitters, fielders and pitchers how to improve their outward vision and internal vision skills to levels which have helped them excel. He has been instrumental in educating numerous coaches in the pro level about vision as well as on the college level and high school levels.

In almost 50 years of vision testing Major League hitters, Barry Bonds has no equal, according to Dr. Harrison.

Bonds may have had the greatest hitting specific vision of any batter in history the way he could stop from swinging at marginal pitches and go after pitches he could drive hard the vast majority of the time.

To read more about the vision of Barry Bonds, CLICK HERE


Will This Be The Future Of Pitching Staffs?

Butch Thompson Mug Miss StPitching coaches have always utilized different strategies to maximize the pitching talent they have on staffs.

No philosophy is more progressive than what renowned Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson does with Bulldog pitchers.

He utilizes two starting pitchers each game (one to start the game and another a few innings later) which is followed by a setup man and closer. If needed, he will insert another pitcher or two in games if he needs ground balls or strikeouts. He has specialists for every occasion in a game.

Under his system, Mississippi State averages 4-5 pitchers a game with unbelievable success and less stress on pitchers’ arms since they don’t overextend themselves in games. The Bulldogs finished second in the nation last year.

To read more, CLICK HERE.


Nominations Open For Pitching Coach Of Year Award

Nate Yeskie Mug Oregon StAll officially rostered pitching coaches from all levels of collegiate baseball are eligible to be nominated for Collegiate Baseball newspaper’s 2014 Pitching Coach Of The Year award sponsored by Edge Charting Systems. Selection is based on the total coach profile.

The nominee should exemplify the best qualities of a collegiate coach who represents his school with honor and dignity. He should be an outstanding mentor who trains and teaches the whole player, in both life skills off the field as well as competitive skills on the field.

The winner will be honored at a special ceremony during the 2015 ABCA Convention in Orlando, Fla. next January.

Last year’s winner was Nate Yeskie, pitching coach at Oregon State University. Yeskie guided the Beaver pitching staff to a school-record 2.28 ERA last season as OSU advanced to their fifth College World Series.

Oregon State pitchers threw 12 shutouts in 2013, which tied for the nation’s lead. Oregon State pitchers have been selected 18 times in the MLB Draft during Yeskie’s tenure with 10 coming in the first nine rounds.

How To Nominate A Pitching Coach
Submit a detailed e-mail to: lou@baseballnews.com and john@pinkman.us

Describe the nominee’s statistical achievements, years he has been a pitching coach, teaching techniques, special drills, bullpen workouts, weight training and conditioning regimens, charts and other reasons which show his outstanding coaching skills. You also can nominate a deserving pitching coach at the web site below.

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Deadline for nominations is July 15