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Dodgfan wrote: How does next year's draft project? If I recall, it was mentioned when we thought the Dodgers had punt this years pick that 2011 was going to heavy on prep pitching.
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LONSO LOSES DESPITE SHUTDOWN FIREBALLING JUNIOR
In the fourth inning of the second game, defending state champ Alonso was down 9-0 and in danger of being ten run-ruled by American HS. Then they brought in the big junior righty, who was already in the lineup as a DH. The 6’3”, 240 lb. Jose Fernandez came in to get the last out and threw 92-94 MPH fastballs from the get-go. To get strike three, Fernandez ripped off a deep 85 MPH slider that looked like a big league pitch. Suddenly the red-hot American bats had gone frigid. They did score one more run, but Alonso made a little comeback (behind a double by Fernandez) to make the final score 10-5. Fernandez would throw 3.1 innings, giving up two hits, one earned run, two walks, and five strikeouts. He also showed more than a little bit of attitude which the American players and fans took exception to.
There’s a lot more baseball to be played, but Fernandez has the package to be an early pick next June and possibly a 1st-rounder. I can look at his fastball and slider and project both as plus major league pitches in the future. His body is not particularly sculpted, but Fernandez is very strong, especially in his lower half and core. The arm works very well, the delivery is athletic and balanced, and he has the makings of a workhorse. He’s going to be fun to follow.http://www.prospectwire.com/pw/article.php?id=22 If we have multiple picks or a good second round pick, this is a guy I am very interested in !Cuban pitcher settles in new home baseA little more than a year ago, Jose Delfin Fernandez was on a boat fleeing Cuba and saving his mother's life.By ADAM ADKINSPublished: May 22, 2009
TAMPA - A little more than a year ago, Jose Delfin Fernandez found himself on a boat fleeing Cuba and saving his mother's life during the trip. Today, when Fernandez plays with his Alonso High teammates in the state high school baseball tournament, the memories of that ordeal will still be fresh in his mind.
More than anything else, Fernandez, a 16-year old sophomore, is thankful for being with his family in the United States.
"I," Fernandez said, searching for the words in English, "I'm just so happy."
Fernandez grew up in Santa Clara, Cuba. He came from a modest home, one he shared with his parents, sister and grandmother. He attended school. And, of course, he played baseball. Three times between the ages of 9 and 12, Fernandez was a member of the Cuban youth national baseball all-star team for his age division.
"He was one of their top prospects," said his uncle, Orlando Chinea.
But Ramon Jimenez, Fernandez's father, wanted a better life for his son and the rest of his family. That life, he believed, was in the United States. So in 2004, Jimenez set out to provide it.
Jimenez, an orthopedic surgeon in Cuba, was the first to emigrate, leaving his family behind. Fernandez said it was a mutual family decision for his father to leave first so that he could establish himself in the United States.
"My dad coming first and then my mom, me, and my sister coming, everything was better," Fernandez said. "If you come with four people at once, you're like, 'Wow, what are you doing now.'"
In the early months of 2008, Jimenez, who works as a physician's assistant, sent word that it was time for his family to join him in the United States. The first two times Fernandez, along with his mother, Martiza Gomez, and sister Yadenis Jimenez, attempted to flee Cuba, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted their vessel. Fernandez and the rest of the passengers were forced to return to Cuba, which they knew was not a good thing.
"I thought 'when I go back to Cuba, I'm in big trouble,'" Fernandez said. He was right. "You finished in life right here," Fernandez said he was told. He was also told he couldn't go to school or play baseball. http://www2.tbo.com/content/20...me-base/sports/ Much more at Link !!!!
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Gallagher was a keen observer when his older brother, Austin, a third baseman, was selected in the third round of the major league draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He also noted that a former player from his Mid-Atlantic Rookies team, a catcher, was taken in the first round of the draft. Putting those two factors together sealed it. Gallagher was going to be a catcher.
So far, it's been a good choice.
The Manheim Township senior's rising stock has gone up this summer after a strong showing at the Perfect Game National Showcase at Tropicana Field in Tampa.
Among 300 players invited to the event, which is attended by college and pro scouts alike, Gallagher performed well enough to earn an invite to the Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic, scheduled for Aug. 15 at PETCO Park in San Diego.
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Years later, when Ken was born, Ron Ferrer vowed that he would raise a baseball player. Not only did he do that, but also he carved out enough time in his schedule to help cultivate perhaps the greatest baseball prodigy Pleasantville has ever known.
"I've practiced with my dad a lot more than other kids. Every day, we were outside," Ken Ferrer said. "I know I've been lucky."
One day late last summer, long after he had outgrown the average game of catch, the Pleasantville senior needed someone to throw with. His father bought the equipment, strapped in, and anchored himself on an upside-down bucket to simulate a catcher's crouch. Yet both father and son learned very quickly that times had changed.
"I saw them at the school on the turf field," Pleasantville coach Bob Jordon said. "Kenny's dad told me he couldn't see the ball anymore. It moved too fast."
Just recounting the scene, Jordon couldn't help but laugh.
"Kenny would throw a pitch, and (Ron) would let it roll until it hit a wall 30 feet behind him," he said. "Then he'd pick it up and throw it back." http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.../707080301/1122 Much more at Link !!!! 5 page article.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – With 11 seasons of big league experience, Steve Buechele could have overwhelmed his son with baseball knowledge and pressured him to follow in his footsteps.
He decided to take the opposite approach.
So when his son, Garrett, was picked as the Big 12's top freshman while wearing the same No. 38 and playing the same position at third base for Oklahoma, it was through his own free will and hard work.
"I take zero credit," said Buechele, who's now managing the Bakersfield Blaze, the Class A affiliate for the Texas Rangers.
Garrett Buechele's breakthrough as a redshirt freshman has been a key factor for Oklahoma as it earned the No. 7 national seed in the NCAA tournament. The Sooners (41-18) open play Friday against Wichita State in a regional they'll host at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman.
Buechele, whose only action last season came while serving as the team's bullpen catcher, has developed into a singles machine. He's second on the team with a .359 average, ranking behind only Big 12 player of the year J.T. Wise, and has made only six errors at the hot corner.
"I enjoy the fact that he is happy playing baseball and that he has the opportunity to play in a regional," Steve Buechele said. "To do what he has done this season, I'm so proud of him, it's not even funny."
Buechele redshirted after coming to campus more in shape for football than baseball and grew hungry for playing time during the yearlong wait. Before the season started, he took over the starting spot at third base from Matt Harughty, who shifted over to second.
"My goal was just to survive – to try to get into that lineup and stay in it any way I could," Garrett Buechele said.
Buechele has achieved that goal, becoming one of five players to start all 59 of the Sooners' games.
"He was our bullpen catcher last year. He was just down there having to catch these guys and pay his dues, and now look what's happened," Oklahoma coach Sunny Golloway said.http://www.dallasnews.com/shar...la.2cc3854.html
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washie wrote: Dodgfan wrote: How does next year's draft project? If I recall, it was mentioned when we thought the Dodgers had punt this years pick that 2011 was going to heavy on prep pitching.My vote is for a pitcher but a College one !I vote for Washies pick in the 2011 draft is Ryan CarpenterLHPGonzaga6' 5"225
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The state’s top baseball prospect is getting set to head into his senior year and he is taking more hardware with him.
Owasso’s Dylan Bundy became the first baseball player in Oklahoma to repeat as the Gatorade Oklahoma Baseball Player of the Year.
Since the awards inception in 1985, there have been 26 repeat winners nationally. Should Bundy continue his success next year, he could become the nation's first player ever to win the award three straight years.
Bundy had another excellent year on the mound and at the plate after transferring to arguably the best baseball school in Oklahoma -- Owasso. The junior went 11-1 with a 1.58 ERA, while striking out 164 batters in just 79.2 innings pitched.
At the plate he posted a .444 batting average, along with seven homeruns and 51 RBI. A doubles machine, he cranked out a slugging percentage of .813.http://coachesaid.com/Article/...-the-Year-Again Much more at Link !!!!By LYNN JACOBSENAsked to confirm, Bundy texted, “Yes maam. I gotta go. I’m about to warm (up).”Bundy texted the message, “Hey, I just committed to Texas” as he prepared to pitch in a game late Wednesday.When not on the mound, Bundy played third base, boasting a .442 batting average with seven home runs and 58 RBIs. He was tied for team honors in hits (57) and runs scored (50) and led the Rams in doubles (16). The hard-throwing right-hander, who was the 2010 Tulsa World All-Metro Pitcher of the Year, compiled an 11-1 record with a 1.58 earned run average and 164 strikeouts in 79 2/3 innings in his first year in the Class 6A program.Owasso pitcher Dylan Bundy texted the Tulsa World on Wednesday night to announce that he had given a verbal commitment to play baseball at the University of Texas following his high school graduation in 2011.http://www.tulsaworld.com/spor...9&rss_lnk=2 Much more at Link !!!!!
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Dodgfan wrote: Washie, thanks for sharing that wealth of knowledge
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washie wrote: BP & Fielding VIDEO Watch this kid close if we have more then one pick or a Sandwich pick I want this kid. Has moved around from school to school and pissed alot of people off, but if he stops playing Football and just plays Baseball this kid has Matt Kemp, Carlos Gonzalez, Carlos Quentin type ability !http://blip.tv/file/3072508/ Checks out of school then to anotherhttp://blogs.whittierdailynews...g-news-g-5.html Denied hardship in requesting a transferhttp://www.insidesocal.com/tri...g-news-w-6.htmlhttp://www.insidesocal.com/tri...p-amats-wa.html You guys should read some of the comments these so called parents have left this kid on these links ! Man this is rough.
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