Collegiate Baseball Newspaper http://baseballnews.com Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:21:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.13 John Altobelli Dies In Tragic Helicopter Crash http://baseballnews.com/john-altobelli-dies-in-tragic-helicopter-crash/ http://baseballnews.com/john-altobelli-dies-in-tragic-helicopter-crash/#respond Mon, 27 Jan 2020 02:52:42 +0000 http://baseballnews.com/?p=14159 CALABASAS, Calif. — Orange Coast College suffered an incredible loss on Jan. 26 when longtime baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri and youngest daughter, Alyssa, were among the victims of a helicopter crash that took the lives of nine people, including NBA legend Kobe Bryant. “It’s hard to put into words what this loss […]

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CALABASAS, Calif. — Orange Coast College suffered an incredible loss on Jan. 26 when longtime baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife, Keri and youngest daughter, Alyssa, were among the victims of a helicopter crash that took the lives of nine people, including NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

“It’s hard to put into words what this loss means to the college and the athletics department,” OCC Athletics Director Jason Kehler said.

“John was a tremendous coach and an even better friend. Beyond that, he was an amazing mentor to all of the students and athletes that he taught and coached. He treated them all like family and his impact will live on forever.”

Altobelli, who is survived by his son, J.J. and daughter Lexi, helped lead the Pirates to the 2019 state baseball championship last year and was named the National Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

About to start his 28th season with the Pirates, Altobelli was 705-478-4 (.592) with four state championships, eight trips to the State Final Four and seven Orange Empire Conference championships (including the last three years). His four state baseball championships are tied for the third-most in the history of California Community College baseball.

Associate head coach Nate Johnson will take over for the 2020 Pirates

Altobelli was lofty company in 2019 when he guided his Pirate ball club to the CCCAA State Championship, becoming just the fifth coach in the history of California Community College baseball to win four or more state championships.

In addition to the titles, Altobelli also picked up career win No. 700 with a 10-7 win over Mt. San Antonio on May 17, becoming just the 16th coach in CCCAA baseball history to reach that milestone.

The 2019 Pirates set a school record for wins in a single season (39) and OCC won the Orange Empire Conference for the third straight year, last accomplished at Coast when Mike Mayne’s Pirates win three straight conference crowns from 1980-82. It was also the eighth State Final Four appearance for Altobelli’s Pirates and fourth state championship during his tenure (2009, 2014, 2015, 2019). 

As a player, Altobelli was a standout outfielder at both Newport Harbor High School and then at Golden West College. As a sophomore in 1983, he was chosen team captain and was named the team’s “Rustler of the Year.”

Altobelli transferred to the University of Houston, where he was a team captain and two-year starter in the Cougar outfield. As a senior, he led the Cougars to the NCAA Regional Finals, bringing them one game from advancing to the College World Series. Following college, Altobelli played one season of professional baseball with the Miami Marlins of the Florida State League.

Altobelli earned his Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from the University of Houston in 1987 and then picked up a master’s degree in education from Azusa Pacific University the following year.

 

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Collegiate Baseball 2020 HS All-Americans http://baseballnews.com/collegiate-baseball-2020-hs-all-americans/ http://baseballnews.com/collegiate-baseball-2020-hs-all-americans/#respond Sat, 25 Jan 2020 19:18:29 +0000 http://baseballnews.com/?p=14113 TUCSON, Ariz. — An all-star lineup of high school players headlines Collegiate Baseball’s 2020 Pre-Season High School All-America team, powered by Diamond Sports. The players on this list have demonstrated amazing athletic ability and talent in their respective positions and are among the most sought after players by pro scouts and college recruiters. The majority […]

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TUCSON, Ariz. — An all-star lineup of high school players headlines Collegiate Baseball’s 2020 Pre-Season High School All-America team, powered by Diamond Sports.

The players on this list have demonstrated amazing athletic ability and talent in their respective positions and are among the most sought after players by pro scouts and college recruiters.

The majority of the players have committed to a college and most have received national recognition already from various organizations and ranking services. Many were named players of the year in their league, region or state last season while several played on Team USA or in prestigious summer events. Players were nominated by their high school coach.

To read about each player and see stats from last year, read the complete story in the January 24, 2020 edition of Collegiate Baseball. To order a copy or subscribe, CLICK HERE.

First Team
Pitchers

  • Logan Wood, LHP, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s HS, MI
  • Mick Abel, RHP, Jesuit HS, Portland, OR
  • Jared Kelley, RHP, Refugio HS, TX
  • Cam Brown, RHP, Flower Mound HS, TX
  • Trevor Martin, RHP, Asher HS, OK
  • Chipper Menard, LHP, New Iberia Senior HS, LA
  • Michael Fowler, RHP, Hewitt Trussville HS, AL
  • Ty Langenberg, RHP, Urbandale HS, IA
  • Ryan Hagenow, RHP, Farragut HS, Knoxville, TN
  • Nate Savino, LHP, Potomac Falls HS, Sterling, VA
  • Max Rajcic, RHP, Orange Lutheran HS, CA
  • Rielly McAdams, RHP, Ingraham HS, Seattle, WA
  • Travis Sthele, RHP, Reagan HS, San Antonio, TX
  • Xander Stephens, RHP, Parkview HS, Lilburn, GA
  • Cameron Caley, LHP, The Woodlands HS, TX
  • Josh Hartle, LHP, Reagan HS, Pfafftown, NC
  • Lucas Gordon, LHP, Notre Dame HS, Sherman Oaks, CA

Catchers

  • Corey Collins, North Gwinnett HS, Suwanee, GA
  • Mark Black, Serra Catholic, McKeesport, PA
  • Drew Romo, The Woodlands HS, TX
  • Tyler Soderstrom, Turlock HS, CA
  • Alek Boychuk, Mill Creek HS, Hoschton, GA
  • Mac Guscette, Venice HS, FL

Infielders

  • Jase Bohrofen, 1B, Westmoore HS, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Drake Westcott, 1B, Edwardsville HS, IL
  • Blaze Jordan, 3B, DeSoto Central HS, Southaven, MS
  • Sam Busch, 1B, East Lansing HS, MI
  • Werner Blakely, SS, Detroit Edison Academy, MI
  • Edward Howard, SS, Mount Carmel HS, Chicago, IL
  • Dylan Ray, 3B, Bob Jones HS, Madison, AL
  • Max Anderson, SS/2B, Millard West HS, Omaha, NE
  • Coby Mayo, 3B, Stoneman Douglas HS, Parkland, FL
  • Alex Mooney, SS/2B, Orchard Lake St. Mary’s HS, MI
  • Tyler Wilson, 1B, Hamilton HS, Chandler, AZ
  • Bryce Eblin, SS, Center Grove HS, Greenwood, IN
  • Drew Bowser, SS, Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, CA
  • Cayden Wallace, 3B, Greenbrier HS, AR
  • Michael Brown, 1B, Vacaville HS, CA

Outfielders

  • Slade Wilks, Columbia Academy, MS
  • Michael Brueser, Hamilton HS, Chandler, AZ
  • Jake Vogel, Huntington Beach HS, CA
  • Brandon Fields, Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando, FL
  • Pete Crow-Armstrong, Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, CA
  • C.J. Cepicky, St. John Vianney HS, St. Louis, MO
  • Dylan Crews, Lake Mary HS, FL
  • Jake Deleo, Avon Old Farms HS, Avon, CT

Multi-Position Players

  • Jordan Walker, 3B/SS/RHP, Decatur HS, GA
  • Masyn Winn, RHP/SS, Kingwood HS, TX
  • Jared Jones, RHP/CF, La Mirada HS, CA
  • Calvin Harris, C/RHP, Western Dubuque HS, Epworth, IA
  • Ronan Kopp, LHP/1B, Scottsdale Christian Academy, AZ
  • Aaron Nixon, RHP/SS, McAllen HS, TX
  • Brody Drost, CF/LHP, Barbe HS, Lake Charles, LA
  • Robert Hassell III, CF/LHP, Independence HS, Thompson’s Station, TN
  • Joey Vetrano, LHP/1B, Lakeland HS, Shrub Oak, NY
  • Max Carlson, RHP/OF, Burnsville HS, MN
  • Caden Rose, SS/RHP, Bob Jones HS, Madison, AL
  • Camden Hill, 1B/LHP, Bob Jones HS, Madison, AL
  • Colten Keith, SS/RHP, Biloxi HS, MS
  • Joseph Rawlings Hector, RHP/SS, Anna HS, TX
  • Nolan McLean, RHP/UT, Garner Magnet HS, Willow Springs, NC

Second Team
Pitchers

  • Kyle Harrison, LHP/1B, De La Salle HS, Concord, CA
  • Camden Minacci, Tampa Jesuit HS, FL
  • Miles Garrett, RHP, Parkview HS, Lilburn, GA
  • Caedon Kottinger, RHP, Reno HS, NV
  • Brock Begesha, RHP, Lake Central HS, St. John, IN
  • Carter Baumler, RHP, Dowling Catholic HS, IA
  • Jason Savacool, RHP, Baldwinsville HS, NY
  • Jonathan Cymrot, RHP, Valley Christian HS, San Jose, CA
  • Cadon Wilson, RHP, Liberty North HS, Liberty, MO

Catchers

  • Jack Bulger, DeMatha HS, Hyattsville, MD
  • Kevin Parada, Loyola HS, CA
  • Bennett Lee, Tampa Jesuit HS, FL

Infielders

  • Clay Artho, 3B/SS, Canyon HS, TX
  • Michael Brooks, SS, Palm Beach Central HS, Wellington, FL
  • Coleman Schmidt, 3B, Reno HS, NV
  • Matt Schark, 3B/1B, Francis Howell HS, St. Charles, MO
  • Hunter Wood, SS, Har-Ber HS, Springdale, AR
  • Jack Moss, 1B, Cherry Creek HS, Greenwood Village, CO
  • Kendall Diggs, 3B/2B, Saint Thomas Aquinas HS, Overland Park, KS
  • Mitch Jebb, SS, Saginaw Swan Valley HS, MI

Outfielders

  • Josh Pearson, West Monroe HS, LA
  • Zac Veen, Spruce Creek HS, FL
  • Cole Koniarsky, Ayala HS, Chino Hills, CA
  • Houston King, Cabot HS, AR

Multi-Position Players

  • Austin Hendrick, CF/LHP, West Allegheny HS, Imperial, PA
  • Paul Skenes, C/RHP, El Toro HS, Lake Forest, CA
  • Landry Alligood, MIF/RHP, Anacoco HS, LA
  • Landon Lucas, INF/RHP, Blythewood HS, SC
  • Davis Meche, SS/RHP, Barbe HS, Lake Charles, LA
  • Nate Wohlgemuth, RHP/OF, Owasso HS, OK
  • Caden Grice, 1B/LHP, Riverside HS, Greer, SC
  • Eddie Parks, OF/P, Valley Christian HS, San Jose, CA
  • Philip Forbes V, 2B/RHP, Menchville HS, Newport News, VA

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By LOU PAVLOVICH, JR.
Editor/Collegiate Baseball

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nine innovative products at the recent American Baseball Coaches Association Convention trade show in Nashville were awarded Best of Show certificates by Collegiate Baseball.

There were 61 nominations submitted to Collegiate Baseball for the contest which showcases the top new baseball products of 2019.

The 76th ABCA Convention featured a record 365 companies that exhibited their products.

Now in its 21st year, the Best of Show awards encompass a wide variety of concepts and applications that are new to baseball.

Beyond closely examining each nomination that came in, the selection committee spent more than 20 hours evaluating products in two exhibit halls which encompassed nearly 200,000 square feet and was larger than four football fields.

A number of superb products just missed being named winners.

Here are the winners, chosen by Collegiate Baseball’s Best of Show selection committee, with a brief explanation of what each product does.

For a full explanation of each product and why Collegiate Baseball’s selection committee chose these amazing innovations, purchase the Jan. 24, 2020 edition or subscribe by CLICKING HERE.

Always Grind Notebooks
For years, a small percentage of hitters and pitchers have utilized notebooks during practices and games to track performances and jot down helpful notes to help give them a competitive edge.

Owner Joe Moroney, seeing the value of such notebooks during his playing career at the University of Kansas and later in minor league baseball, produced professionally made notebooks for hitters, pitchers and coaches.

The four main notebooks offered include:
• Hitter’s Game Logs
• Pitcher’s Notebook
• Coach’s Game Logs
• Coach’s Pocketbook.

For more information, go to their website at: www.alwaysgrind365.com

The Perfect Arm
The Perfect Arm is an innovation for the throwing arm and is the only workload management tool on the market which is clinically proven to reduce elbow and shoulder stress.

This multi joint dynamic stabilizer uses patented MuscleWeb Technology to externally reinforce the muscles and joints while throwing and offloading the internal stress.

A recent scientific study was conducted using The Perfect Arm on pitchers throwing at full effort which showed the arm sleeve decreased elbow valgus torque up to 30 percent while maintaining ball velocity.

For more information, go to their website at www.theperfectarm.com

Base Buddy Anchor System
Have you ever been frustrated with digging out a base anchor or struggled to even find it which was buried beneath soil?

Drew Jackson and Shane Golden of Base Buddy have solved this problem.

The X1 Underground Anchor System is designed so that coaches never have to dig out a base anchor again!

For more information, go to: www.thebasebuddy.com

Mask & Helmet Enhancer
Concussions are a big problem in the sport of football.

Baseball players, especially hitters and catchers, can be susceptible to head trauma as well under the right circumstances. The heads of hitters are protected with helmets and catchers with padded catcher’s masks.

But Richard Fontana is a firm believer baseball players are susceptible to concussions when high velocity pitches crash into helmets or foul balls collide with catcher’s masks.

It is the reason he has developed the mask enhancer and helmet enhancer over the course of 33 years.

For more information, go to their website at www.enhancedsportssolutions.com

King Cobra Bat Box
Dave Payton is an expert in designing and making hand crafted bat boxes, benches and helmet boxes for baseball dugouts.

His newest creation is the King Cobra Bat Box which is an absolute work of art.

Constructed with medium density overlay panels with a weather-resistant resin overlay bonded to the wood by heat and pressure, it resists water, weather and wear.

This panels have a 20-year manufacturer’s warranty. The finished box can be used in dugouts, locker rooms or mud rooms and holds 40 bats each with individual slots.

The box is painted in the team color with the team logo. The top of the box has a black or brushed gold metal plate across the top. Custom logos and color plates are also available at an additional charge.

Payton unveiled a stunning King Cobra Bat Box at the ABCA Convention which was made exclusively for Vanderbilt’s baseball team.

The black box had a gold metal plate on top which was eye catching to those who passed by Payton’s booth.

For more information, go on the internet to: www.pytsports.net or call (708) 634-2099.

LoKator Target & App
Pitching targets have been around since baseball was invented.

We are happy to report that another innovative target has just hit the marked called the LoKator Pitching Target and Bullpen App which will help with pitching command.

Steve Stemle, former pitcher for the Kansas City Royals for two seasons and a minor league pitcher for seven seasons, gave pitching lessons from 1998-2004 during the minor league off seasons.

He invented a pitching target that gave quantified zones so he could easily communicate pitch location and pitch sequencing.

Following the invention of his target in 2011, he created the LoKator Bullpen App in 2012 that allows users to manually track statistics and rankings related to pitch command.

Version 2.0 of the app is close to being implemented which allows users to record their bullpen sessions with an iPhone camera which automatically tracks the intended target and location the pitch hit which feeds into the pitch location analytics in their online profile.

For more information, go on the internet to: lokatoracademy.com

Thumb-per
A fascinating new hitting aid has just hit the market called the Thumb-per.
Craig First initially designed a product called the Wonder Thumb for his son so that he could position his left hand in the perfect position to support the neck of a violin.

A hitting instructor saw the product and immediately saw the potential to use it for hitting on the top hand thumb of a bat.

The Thumb-per has two curved downward walls of molded silicone that fit on the two sides of a thumb and essentially locks the aid in place with no movement.

Hitters in baseball and softball then can place their bat between the thumb and forefinger on top of the soft silicone which puts the bat in the fingers of the hand for optimal hitting.

The design of this aid keeps the wrist from locking up, allowing for a more fluid and quicker swing and follow through.

This device absorbs bat sting which is another plus.

For more information, go to their website at: www.thumb-per.com

Infinitee
With this addition to many hitting tees on the market, you never have to move the hitter during tee drills. He has the same position as he does in games in relation to home plate.

All that moves are the arms of the Infinitee to any position that the hitting coach wants sideways or up and down.

Too many batters “cheat” when traditional tees are moved to different locations in the zone. This great tool for hitting coaches solves that problem.

For more information, go on the internet to: hitoffinfinitee.com

Mobile Score
Imagine the selection committee’s surprise when we evaluated a portable scoreboard called Mobile Score that runs for 4-5 hours on one charge!

It doesn’t have to be plugged into an electric outlet at the field at all. You simply charge the battery before you go.

You can bring it with you to the game and hook it up to the chain link fence for fans to see.

While not nearly as large as your typical scoreboard, it can be effective if mounted in front of the visitor’s side or home side of the field facing the fans.

Ideally, you would probably want two — one for each side of the field.

The size is 36 inch x 20 inch x 3/4 inch thick.

For more information, go on the internet to: www.mobile-score.com

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Baseball’s Greatest Vision Trainer: Bill Harrison http://baseballnews.com/baseballs-greatest-vision-trainer-bill-harrison/ http://baseballnews.com/baseballs-greatest-vision-trainer-bill-harrison/#comments Thu, 26 Dec 2019 22:50:40 +0000 http://baseballnews.com/?p=14095 By LOU PAVLOVICH, JR. Editor/Collegiate Baseball LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Dr. Bill Harrison was simply the greatest baseball vision training specialist of all time. He spent more than 50 years studying how to train the vision of athletes at the highest level possible and passed away May 22 after a long, courageous battle with cancer. […]

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By LOU PAVLOVICH, JR.
Editor/Collegiate Baseball

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — Dr. Bill Harrison was simply the greatest baseball vision training specialist of all time.

He spent more than 50 years studying how to train the vision of athletes at the highest level possible and passed away May 22 after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

This story is a tribute to the amazing work he did which has helped thousands of baseball players perform at a higher level across the USA.

Dr. Harrison worked with a who’s who of great Major Leaguers, including 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, numerous colleges, universities and academies, including the original Kansas City Royals Baseball Academy.

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

Vision Of Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds had no equal when it came to hitting vision, according to Dr. Harrison.

He could stop from swinging at marginal pitches and go after pitches he could drive hard the vast majority of the time.

“I have a battery of tests which I have performed on Major League players going back to the early ’70s for a number of organizations,” said Dr. Harrison.

“In testing thousands of Major League hitters, Barry Bonds tested out with the highest vision readings of any baseball player we had ever worked with. I first saw him in 1986 during spring training as he came out of A ball after signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization after playing for Arizona State University. He was not considered a legitimate Major League prospect for the Pirates at the time.

“When I tested Barry Bonds, I gathered all the information on him and left the room. Barry is the only player who had achieved 100 percent in each of those categories and subsequently received a 100 percent in terms of high level binocularity. I then talked to Syd Thrift, general manager of the Pirates. I told Syd that the last player I saw (Bonds) was the most visually gifted of all the players I had evaluated since 1971, which was 15 years at the time. I had never seen a baseball player as gifted visually and mentally as this guy.

“Barry Bonds was in AAA for the Pirates’ organization that year. Around May, the Pirates’ AAA team was playing in Phoenix, and Syd Thrift asked me to watch and work with some of the players. I saw Barry in action for the first time, and he looked terrific. That evening, I called Syd and told him this guy really was phenomenal because he visually tracked every pitch, saw it deep and squaring the ball every time. Syd jumped on a plane the next morning for Phoenix.

“In the middle of the contest the next day, Syd called Bonds out of the game and asked the manager to get the young ball player on a plane to Pittsburgh immediately. And the rest was history.

“As I look back at evaluating many hitters on the professional, college and even high school levels for over 50 years, Barry Bonds is still my gold standard.

“All the great hitters I have been around, which include people such as Barry Bonds, George Brett, Tony Gwynn, Rod Carew, among many others, really bought into the idea of seeing the ball right out of the pitcher’s hand. The method of getting there can be variable. It will only happen if the hitter is highly visual. I refer to being highly visual as almost being out of the body as the hitter is totally unaware of what the body is doing. They let their body go on automatic pilot. Generally, it will only work if the athlete is totally thought free.”

To read more of this in-depth article, purchase the Jan. 3, 2020 edition of Collegiate Baseball or subscribe by CLICKING HERE. The story delves into what he uncovered to help player vision, why being totally visual is crucial for baseball players, George Brett’s hitting approach, how he would structure practices so hitters would be more visually prepared for game speed pitching. Plus, he explains why live pitching is vital for hitters, good hitting drills and how batters can slow pitches down.

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Collegiate Baseball’s 2020 College Baseball Preview Edition (Jan. 3, 2020) has just been published and features all the top teams and players on all levels of college baseball plus a look at the top 78 college baseball players for the 2020 MLB Draft, All-American teams and much more.

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UCLA’s John Savage Pitching Coach Of Year http://baseballnews.com/uclas-savage-pitching-coach-of-year/ http://baseballnews.com/uclas-savage-pitching-coach-of-year/#respond Thu, 19 Dec 2019 16:52:32 +0000 http://baseballnews.com/?p=14078 TUCSON, Ariz. — UCLA Head Baseball Coach John Savage is Collegiate Baseball’s national Pitching Coach of The Year for 2019. He is the 17th winner of this prestigious award chosen by a committee of previous winners. Savage is the fourth pitching coach from the Pac-12 to be honored. Others include Shaun Cole (Arizona), Dan Spencer […]

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TUCSON, Ariz. — UCLA Head Baseball Coach John Savage is Collegiate Baseball’s national Pitching Coach of The Year for 2019.

He is the 17th winner of this prestigious award chosen by a committee of previous winners.

Savage is the fourth pitching coach from the Pac-12 to be honored. Others include Shaun Cole (Arizona), Dan Spencer (Oregon St.) and Nate Yeskie (only 2-time winner at Oregon St. who is now at Arizona).

Savage will be presented the award at the upcoming American Baseball Coaches Association Convention Jan. 4 in Nashville, Tenn.

He has been a pitching coach in college baseball for the past 27 years with stops at Nevada, U.C. Irvine, Southern California and UCLA the past 15 seasons.

In 2019, UCLA’s pitching staff was remarkable and highly ranked in the final NCAA stats:

  • No. 1 ERA: 2.60
  • No. 1 Hits allowed per 9 innings: 6.18
  • No. 1 WHIP: 1.05
  • No. 4 Strikeout to walk ratio: 3.13 (647 strikeouts, 207 walks)
  • No. 7 Strikeouts per 9 innings: 10.2

Through his years at UCLA, Savage has established the Bruins as a consistent national championship contender. He guided the Bruins to college baseball’s pinnacle in 2013, as UCLA won its first-ever NCAA baseball title.

Under his guidance, UCLA has advanced to the postseason in 11 of the last 15 seasons, hosting an NCAA Regional in six of the last 10, including four straight from 2010-2013.

At UCLA, Savage has produced some of the nation’s top pitchers, including Gerrit Cole (first overall pick in 2011 Draft by the Pirates), Trevor Bauer (third overall pick in 2011 Draft by the Diamondbacks), Adam Plutko (Cleveland Indians), Griffin Canning (Los Angeles Angels) and Ryan Garcia (2019 Pac-12 Pitcher of The Year), just to name a few.

To read more of this article, purchase the Jan. 3, 2020 edition of Collegiate Baseball or subscribe by CLICKING HERE. The story delves into John Savage’s pitching system which includes 11 important areas that his pitchers focus on.

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Wild & Crazy Life Of Wake Forest’s Tom Walter http://baseballnews.com/wild-and-crazy-life-of-coach-tom-walter/ http://baseballnews.com/wild-and-crazy-life-of-coach-tom-walter/#respond Wed, 18 Dec 2019 19:02:46 +0000 http://baseballnews.com/?p=14087 By LOU PAVLOVICH And JOHN PINKMAN Special CB Report WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest Head Coach Tom Walter is one of the most amazing stories in college baseball history. This is a man who previously was the skipper at the University of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit in late August of 2005. According to […]

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By LOU PAVLOVICH
And JOHN PINKMAN
Special CB Report

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest Head Coach Tom Walter is one of the most amazing stories in college baseball history.

This is a man who previously was the skipper at the University of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hit in late August of 2005.

According to National Geographic, the hurricane caused 1,200 deaths as a direct result of the storm and resulted in an estimated $108 billion in property damage, the costliest storm on record

Fifty levies in New Orleans failed which flooded low-lying areas of the city and ultimately caused 80 percent of the city to be under water.

The University of New Orleans was shut down for over two months and couldn’t start school again until mid-October.

Walter evacuated his 38 players, as well as coaches and families, prior to the storm hitting.

This remarkable person is the same man who donated his kidney to a freshman baseball player on his team at Wake Forest.

Earlier in his career as the head baseball coach at George Washington University, he led this program to great success despite not having a home field. Imagine having all 56 games each spring on the road.

During his time there, a plane operated by al-Qaeda terrorists crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001—not far from his school.

It was part of four coordinated terrorist plane attacks made by 19 militants.

Two airliners hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City while another plane crashed in a field in Shanksville, PA.

The attacks resulted in 2,977 fatalities, over 25,000 injuries and caused at least $10 billion in property damage.

If that wasn’t enough, the D.C. Sniper Attacks took place a year later in October of 2002 in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Ten people were killed and three others critically wounded in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area and along Interstate 95 in Virginia.

No baseball coach that we know of has ever experienced the challenging situations that Walter has.

To read the rest of this in-depth story, purchase the Jan. 3, 2020 edition or subscribe by CLICKING HERE. It delves into the incredible situations Tom Walter has dealt with during his coaching career in this special report in our 2020 College Preview Edition.

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Gary Ward’s Ultimate Hitting System Explored http://baseballnews.com/gary-wards-ultimate-hitting-system-explored/ Fri, 27 Sep 2019 20:04:28 +0000 http://baseballnews.com/?p=13907 By LOU PAVLOVICH, JR. Editor/Collegiate Baseball STILLWATER, Okla. — Hitting discipline is becoming rare in baseball. The highest amount of strikeouts took place last season in NCAA Div. I baseball over the past 50 years. Teams averaged a record 8.08 strikeouts per nine innings as the quest to hit more home runs grew. Also consider […]

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By LOU PAVLOVICH, JR.
Editor/Collegiate Baseball

STILLWATER, Okla. — Hitting discipline is becoming rare in baseball.

The highest amount of strikeouts took place last season in NCAA Div. I baseball over the past 50 years. Teams averaged a record 8.08 strikeouts per nine innings as the quest to hit more home runs grew.

Also consider the batting average for Division I teams was only .269 in 2019 — the lowest in the past 47 years.

The final year of wood bats being used in college baseball (1973) was the last time batting averages were lower (.266) in Division I baseball.

In the September 6 edition of Collegiate Baseball, we delved into the NCAA Div. I Baseball Statistics Trends report which was compiled by Jeff Williams, Associate Director of Media Coordination and Statistics with the NCAA.

In an effort to find out why hitting discipline is suffering so much, we contacted the greatest hitting coach of all time in Gary Ward, former head coach at Oklahoma State.

He has spent a lifetime studying hitting and why hitters thrive and fail.

In 19 years as the head coach with the Cowboys, his teams led all NCAA Div. I teams in run production six times.

During those 19 years, his teams averaged 9.2 runs per game.

What fueled that incredible run production was a remarkable on-base percentage by his hitters which was kick started by walks because of disciplined hitters who refused to swing at marginal pitches.

When you look at the on-base percentage of Ward’s teams during that time, his offense never had a lower on-base percentage than .423 after his first two seasons with the Cowboys.

During the 1987 and 1988 seasons, the on-base percentages were extraordinary at .500 and .517.

His teams walked more than any school in NCAA Div. I history as they averaged 7.1 walks per game.

In 15 of those 19 seasons, his batters walked at least 415 times a season with a high of 607 walks during the 1986 season. That year, OSU batters walked an average of 8.5 times per game.

In many of those years, his hitters walked 60 percent while striking out 40 percent when comparing the two numbers.

To read more of this article, purchase the Oct. 4, 2019 edition or subscribe by CLICKING HERE. Gary Ward delves into how his hitting system was arrived at by extensively studying golf, tennis and baseball mechanics, why reverse engineering is crucial, the importance of not dictating to hitters and allowing them to own everything they do along with the value of ball exit speed. This story is the first time he has shared his differential training system and what defines poor batting practice.

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Vanderbilt Lands No. 1 Recruiting Class In USA http://baseballnews.com/vanderbilt-lands-no-1-recruiting-class-in-usa/ Mon, 23 Sep 2019 16:06:56 +0000 http://baseballnews.com/?p=13886 TUCSON, Ariz. — Vanderbilt landed the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, according to Collegiate Baseball’s 2019 evaluation of NCAA Division I baseball classes. It marks the Commodores’ third national recruiting title by Collegiate Baseball with other top-ranked classes in 2017 and 2012. Over the last three years, Vanderbilt’s recruiting classes have been No. […]

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Vanderbilt landed the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation, according to Collegiate Baseball’s 2019 evaluation of NCAA Division I baseball classes.

It marks the Commodores’ third national recruiting title by Collegiate Baseball with other top-ranked classes in 2017 and 2012.

Over the last three years, Vanderbilt’s recruiting classes have been No. 1 by CB in 2017, second in 2018 and first in 2019.

This is the 10th time in the last 11 years that a Southeastern Conference team has won the recruiting title.

It is the 37th straight year Collegiate Baseball has evaluated NCAA Division I recruiting classes.

Athletes who initially signed letters of intent with a school but then signed a pro contract after being drafted do not count in the overall evaluation.

Only athletes who came to school this fall are factored in as points are awarded to drafted players and the round they were chosen, All-Americans, All-State selections and All-Conference picks.

Collegiate Baseball also gives points for Conference Players of The Year, State Players of The Year and National Players of The Year.

The Commodores landed an impressive haul of 15 freshmen which features five drafted players, including:

  • RHP Jack Leiter (Delbarton School, NJ), 20th round pick by Yankees.
  • OF/LHP Spencer Jones (La Costa Canyon H.S., CA), 31st round pick by Angels.
  • 3B Parker Noland (Farragut H.S., TN), 31st round pick by Marlins.
  • C Maxwell Romero (Pembroke Pines Charter, FL), 38th round pick by Reds.
  • SS Tyler McKenzie (The Benjamin School, FL), 39th round Cardinals.

Other exceptional players in the class include:

  • RHP Michael Doolin (Andrean H.S., IN).
  • SS Will Duff (Springfield Catholic H.S., MO).
  • RHP Sam Hliboki (Harvard Westlake H.S., CA).
  • OF Ryan Keenan (Calvary Christian Academy, FL).
  • OF Troy LaNeve (Pine-Richland H.S., PA).
  • SS Nick Maldonado (Seton Hall Prep, NJ).
  • 3B/C/SS Chris McElvain (Summit H.S., TN).
  • C C.J. Rodriguez (Mater Dei H.S., CA)
  • RHP Thomas Schultz (Our Lady of Lourdes H.S., PA).
  • SS Carter Young (Selah H.S., WA).

A complete rundown on the top 25 recruiting classes is featured in the Oct. 4 issue of Collegiate Baseball. To purchase the Oct. 4, 2019 edition, CLICK HERE.

2019 NCAA Div. I Recruiting Results
By Collegiate Baseball
(As of Sept. 23, 2019)

  1. Vanderbilt
  2. Florida
  3. South Carolina
  4. Mississippi
  5. Texas Christian
  6. Louisiana St.             
  7. Alabama
  8. Arizona St.
  9. Auburn
  10. Oklahoma St.
  11. Arizona
  12. Texas
  13. North Carolina
  14. Clemson
  15. Miami (Fla.)
  16. Arkansas
  17. Mississippi St.
  18. Utah
  19. Georgia Tech.
  20. Virginia
  21. UCLA
  22. Louisville
  23. Oregon St.
  24. Tennessee
  25. Kentucky
  26. Stanford
  27. N.C. State
  28. Coastal Carolina
  29. Oklahoma
  30. Grand Canyon
  31. Florida St.
  32. Missouri
  33. Dallas Baptist
  34. Rice
  35. Missouri St.
  36. Michigan
  37. Texas A&M
  38. Texas Tech.
  39. Houston
  40. East Carolina

Other Top Recruiting Classes: U.C. Santa Barbara, Cal. St. Fullerton, Maryland, Georgia, Brigham Young, San Diego St., St. John’s, West Virginia, Southern California, Washington, San Diego, U.C. Irvine, Wichita St., Minnesota, Duke, Oregon, Illinois, Cal Poly, Gonzaga, Southern Mississippi, Pepperdine, Stetson, Fresno St., Sam Houston St., Baylor, Kent St., South Alabama, Creighton, Connecticut, Louisiana-Lafayette, Troy, Nevada, Hawaii, Tulane, Michigan St., Bradley, Rutgers, Nevada-Las Vegas, Miami (Ohio), Virginia Tech., Indiana, California, Florida International, Northeastern, Tennessee Tech., New Mexico St., Notre Dame, Central Michigan, Stony Brook, Florida Atlantic, Ball St.

Source: Collegiate Baseball

 

Previous NCAA Div. I
Recruiting Champions
By Collegiate Baseball

2018: Louisiana St.
2017: Vanderbilt
2016: Arizona St.
2015: Florida
2014: Louisiana St.
2013: Florida
2012: Vanderbilt
2011: South Carolina
2010: Louisiana St.
2009: Florida
2008: Arizona St.
2007: Louisiana St.
2006: South Carolina
2005: South Carolina
2004: Louisiana St.
2003: North Carolina
MMMISouth Carolina
2002: Georgia Tech.
2001: Southern California
2000: Cal. St. Fullerton
1999: Southern California
1998: Georgia Tech.
1997: UCLA
1996: Texas A&M
1995: Arizona St.
1994: Mississippi St.
1993: Miami (Fla.)
1992: Florida St.
1991: Miami (Fla.)
1990: Arizona
1989: Florida St.
1988: Miami (Fla.)
1987: Stanford
1986: Stanford
1985: Hawaii
1984: Florida St.
1983: Arizona St.

Source: Collegiate Baseball

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Record Strikeouts Take Place In NCAA Baseball http://baseballnews.com/record-strikeouts-take-place-in-ncaa-baseball-2/ Fri, 23 Aug 2019 22:17:58 +0000 http://baseballnews.com/?p=13875 By LOU PAVLOVICH, JR. Editor/Collegiate Baseball INDIANAPOLIS — The highest amount of strikeouts over the past 50 years of NCAA Division I baseball took place during the 2019 season, according to the NCAA Division I Baseball Statistics Trends report. Compiled by Jeff Williams, Associate Director of Media Coordination and Statistics with the NCAA, the 2019 […]

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By LOU PAVLOVICH, JR.
Editor/Collegiate Baseball

INDIANAPOLIS — The highest amount of strikeouts over the past 50 years of NCAA Division I baseball took place during the 2019 season, according to the NCAA Division I Baseball Statistics Trends report.

Compiled by Jeff Williams, Associate Director of Media Coordination and Statistics with the NCAA, the 2019 NCAA Division I Strikeouts Per 9 Innings for each team was a record 8.08.

It marks the first time in history the average has eclipsed 8.00

Each of the last five years have featured strikeout numbers that have gone over 7.00.

For the previous 45 years prior to 2015 (1970-2014), only twice have strikeout totals risen over 7.00, and that was in 1998 (7.07) and 1999 (7.12).

The strikeouts per 9 innings per game for each team the last five years include:

2015: 7.02
2016: 7.17
2017: 7.54
2018: 7.88
2019: 8.08

Interestingly, the first year of the low-seam ball was in 2015, the first year of this trend, and strikeout numbers have gone up every year since.

So there may be a correlation with the ball that is being used.

“There may be several things going on which is causing the high strikeout numbers in NCAA Div. I baseball,” said Butch Thompson, head coach at Auburn University.

Recognized as one of the elite pitching coaches in the game, he feels launch angles being taught at 23-35 degrees by hitting coaches and the use of the low-seam ball are definitely a factor. But there is much more involved with the staggering strikeout numbers produced the last five years in NCAA Division I baseball.

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