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2014 Summer Baseball Leagues

NZ3T1472The college baseball summer leagues are in full swing as well as national teams for USA Baseball.

On the horizon will be different national championships, including the 80th NBC World Series which will run from July 25-Aug. 9. Since 1935, the top summer-collegiate teams have been coming to Wichita, Kan. to crown a national champion.

To find a special summer league team, CLICK HERE.

SPECIAL REPORT: Throwing Programs Of The Elite

Alan Jaeger Mug2 10-22-13For more than eight weeks, Alan Jaeger  contacted hundreds of high profile baseball players and coaches on the high school and college levels to find out what throwing programs they utilize.

To our knowledge, such a report has never been compiled.

Numerous high profile pitchers wrote back to Alan along with highly respected college baseball coaches to chime in on the subject.

He also asks if a “one-size-fits-all” throwing program is necessary which typically includes specific limits on how “far” (ie 120 feet), how “much” (ie the counting of throws), how “long” (ie 10 minutes) and at what angle (ie on a line) pitchers were instructed to throw.

To read the entire story, CLICK HERE.

Louisville Slugger High School All-American Teams

Cody Reed National HS Player of Yr 2014The 2014 Louisville Slugger High School All-America team is loaded with amazingly talented players from across the nation.

This year’s team features 29 players who were chosen in the first two rounds and the competitive balance rounds of the Major League First-Year Baseball Draft.

Of particular note are the First Team pitchers, who feature two players that reached 100 mph with their fastballs, another who was close to breaking a national record in consecutive scoreless innings, another who set a new record for striking out consecutive batters and one who struck out 226 batters.

In addition, several First Team position players cranked up the power with their bats to help propel their teams into the state playoffs, including one who set a career record for home runs, one who hit 19 homers for the season and one with 24 doubles.

Leading the list is LHP Cody Reed of Ardmore HS (AL), who is the 2014 Louisville Slugger High School Pitcher of the Year, and catcher Chase Vallot of St. Thomas More HS (Lafayette, LA), who is the 2014 Louisville Slugger High School Player of the Year.

For the complete High School All-American team, CLICK HERE.

Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Teams

Zach Plesac Ball StThe 2014 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team, selected by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, features a wealth of baseball talent.

The team is headed by Collegiate Baseball’s Freshman Pitcher of The Year RHP Zach Plesac (left) of Ball St. (12-2 with 6 saves and a 2.11 ERA in 25 appearances) and Freshman Player of The Year 2B Jake Noll, Florida Gulf Coast (.367, 18 doubles, 29 RBIs, 25 SB).

For the complete Freshmen All-American team, CLICK HERE.

Louisville Slugger All-American Teams Announced

AJ Reed Kentucky action newThe Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-American baseball teams and National Player of The Year were announced May 29 by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

The 17-man first team, chosen by performances up to regional playoffs and picked by the staff of Collegiate Baseball newspaper, features 11 conference players or pitchers of the year

Kentucky’s A.J. Reed is Collegiate Baseball’s National Player Of The Year after one of the best seasons in college baseball history.

He leads NCAA Division I players with 23 home runs (more than 193 NCAA schools) and also leads the nation in slugging percentage percentage (.768) and OPS (1.259). He also hit .351 with 17 doubles and 70 RBI.

As a pitcher, he has an 11-2 record and 2.10 ERA.

To Read More On The All-American Teams, CLICK HERE.

Vanderbilt No. 1 In Final 2014 CB Poll

Big League Chew LogoTUCSON, Ariz. — Fresh from winning its first national baseball championship with a 3-2 win over Virginia, Vanderbilt is ranked No. 1 in the final 2014 Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I baseball poll presented by Big League Chew bubble gum.

Vanderbilt finished the season with a 51-21 record and had never won a men’s national championship until now. The school’s only national championship took place in 2007 with women’s bowling.

The Commodores swiped 17 of 23 bases over seven games at the College World Series and accounted more than half of all stolen bases in the tournament.

John Norwood came through with a solo home run in the eighth inning to win it for Vanderbilt in the championship game. It was the Commodores’ first home run in the past 17 games and only the third home run of the season for Norwood. Norwood was 3-for-3 in the title game with a walk and the biggest RBI of his life with a home run.

What made the circuit clout even more amazing was that only three home runs were hit in 16 games during the College World Series.

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

2014 Draft Concludes

Carlos Rodon 4C NC State action 2013 CWSThe 2014 Draft finished June 7 with 40 rounds in the books and 1,215 selections. For a complete look at who was chosen, CLICK HERE.

The first 10 picks in the draft include:
1. LHP Brady Aiken, Cathedral Catholic H.S. (CA)
2. RHP Tyler Kolek, Shepherd H.S. (TX)
3. LHP Carlos Rodon, N.C. State
4. C Kyle Schwarber, Indiana
5. SS Nick Gordon, Olympia H.S. (FL)
6. C/OF Alex Jackson, Rancho Bernardo H.S. (CA)
7. RHP Aaron Nola, Louisiana St.
8. LHP Kyle Freeland, Evansville
9. RHP Jeff Hoffman, East Carolina
10. OF Michael Conforto, Oregon St.

The Latest College Baseball Polls

The Road To OmahaEvery 2014 college division poll is listed:

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

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

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

TUCSON, Ariz. —Lambert H.S. (Suwanee, GA) finished No. 1 in the final 2014 Collegiate Baseball National High School Poll.

A case can be made for the top three teams — Lambert, Barbe and Puyallup — to be ranked No. 1. All three teams posted long win streaks through the season. Lambert won 29 in a row before its first loss during the Georgia playoffs. Barbe won 28 to finish the season. Puyallup ran the table with a 28-0 record. They each won their respective state championships.

Each coach stated this was one of their best teams ever. And each team has multiple players who have committed to play at NCAA Division I programs. Each has mind boggling overall statistics. 

While we would prefer to see all three of these teams play a best-of-three series to determine the overall champion, it is impossible as players scatter after school lets out.

We ultimately gave our nod to Lambert as No. 1 on the basis of strength of schedule. They played an extremely demanding schedule and defeated high profile teams outside of Georgia as well as perennial powerhouses in that state. Barbe and Puyallup were limited to only competition within their respective states.

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.