General

General (100)

2022 MLB draft

Written by Administrator - Thursday, July 21 2022

Players from NAIA schools taken in the 2022 Major League Baseball draft:

Position Player School Round Overall MLB team Story
C Simon Reid Westmont 10 315 Dodgers story
OF Chris Williams Jr. William Carey 18 537 Tigers story

Sean Heppner is right-hand pitcher headed for his second season with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. He is currently playing for the Kamloops NorthPaws, a team playing its inaugural season in the West Coast League.

Bob Broughton, courtesyrunner.com: The British Columbia Thunderbirds made a remarkable turnaround during the last five weeks of the 2022 season, getting four quality wins at the Opening Round Tournament at Lewis-Clark State, and giving Lewis-Clark State, who eventually finished in second place nationally in the NAIA, a real scare. What explanation do you have for the turnaround?

Sean Heppner, Kamloops NorthPaws: We were a really young team. I think over half our team had never played a college baseball game before.

BB: That includes you?

SH: Yeah, including myself. So, just getting to know yourself, as you play the season, you get more comfortable and know which situations you're going to go into and getting the experience. Then, it just kind of all came together and we all kind of felt comfortable pitching and hitting and doing what we needed to to play. And we were having so much fun, which we weren't having for a long time.

BB: How many of those guys are going to be back next year?

SH: We actually only lost three guys.

BB: And you're coming back?

SH: Yeah.


Schedule for the first two days of the 65th NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 27-June 3, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

Friday, 8:30 AM: #8 seed Georgia Gwinnett (45-14) vs. #9 MidAmerica Nazarene (39-16)

Georgia Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, GA) is making their fifth trip to Lewiston. They are the defending champions. They won the Continental Athletic Conference tournament. Twitter: @GGC_Baseball
Nickname: Grizzlies
Rankings:#10 in coaches' poll, #30 in Boyd Nation's Iterative Strength Rating. Strength of Schedule: #94 (lowest in tournament)
Quality wins: 3-1 vs. Northwestern Ohio, U. of the Cumberlands, 1-1 vs. Webber International
Top position players: IF Braxton Megular (.394, 50 RBI), 3B Jake Defries (.324, 47 RBI), C Austin Bates (.377, 44 RBI), OF Livingston Morris (.327, 18 HR, 65 RBI), OF Blaze O'Saben (.372, 31 RBI), DH J.D. Stubbs (.340, 55 RBI)
Top pitchers: RHP Kevin Kyle (6-0, 1.41 ERA, 64 K), LHP Tyler Clayton (5-1, 1.99 ERA, 66 K), RHP Rob Hamby (8-2, 2.75 ERA, 80 K), RHP Gavin Heltemes (7-1, 3.31 ERA, 84 K)
Coach: Jeremy Sheetinger, third season
Outlook: The Grizzlies won't be repeat champions.

MidAmerica Nazarene (Olathe, KS) is making their first appearance in the Baseball National Championship. They finished first on the South Division of the Heart of America Conference. Twitter: @mnusports
Nickname: Pioneers
Rankings: Unranked in coaches' poll, #15 in ISR. SoS: #28

Quality wins: 4-3 vs. Central Methodist, Freed-Hardeman, 2-0 vs. Oklahoma City
Top position players: OF Josh Torrance (.379, 7 HR, 40 RBI), 1B/RHP Noah Castillo (.375, 7 HR, 46 RBI, and 7-1, 6.71 ERA, 63 K on the mound), SS Brycen Sherwood (.339, 11 HR, 40 RBI), C Joshuan Sandoval (.307, 15 HR, 50 RBI), 3B Dionathan Cornett (.321, 9 HR, 50 RBI)
Top pitchers: RHP Nathan Torres (1-0, 0.74 ERA, 43 K, 14 saves), RHP Zach Trevino (10-3, 3.88 ERA, 108 K), LHP Kristian Hurtado (7-3, 4.61 ERA, 61 K), RHP Eric Navarette (5-5, 5.42 ERA, 80 K)
Coach: Ryan Thompson, 16th season
Outlook: Happy to be here.


2021 MLB draft

Written by Administrator - Sunday, July 11 2021

Players from NAIA schools taken in the 2021 Major League Baseball draft:

Position Player School Round Overall MLB team Story
RHP Garrett Hawkins British Columbia 9 280 Padres story
RHP Malik Binns Benedictine-Mesa 18 535 Phillies  
C Kenny Piper Columbia C. 18 551 Rays  

Schedule for the first two days of the 64th NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 28-June 4, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

8:30 AM: #8Keiser(36-16) vs. #9LSU-Shreveport (44-14)

Keiser (West Palm Beach, FL) is making their second trip to the Baseball National Championship. The first one was in 2017, and they went 1-2. Twitter: @KeiserBaseball
Nickname: Seahawks
Rankings: #17 in coaches' poll, #9 in Boyd Nation's ISR. Strength of Schedule: #10
Quality wins: 3-0 vs. South Carolina-Beaufort, 3-3 vs. Saint Thomas, 2-0 vs. Oklahoma City
Top position players: 3B Tim Bouchard (.403, 16 HR, 67 RBI), OF Matthew Catalfo (.389, 7 HR, 62 RBI), OF Ben McConnell (.356, 6 HR, 40 RBI), SS Mason Dineson (.330, 10 HR, 53 RBI), C Zach Mazur (.253, 14 HR, 53 RBI)
Top Pitchers: RHP Pablo Arevalo (9-3, 1.38 ERA, 114 K), RHP James Reynolds (7-3, 3.65 ERA, 57 K), RHP Deykel Reyes (8-1, 5.52 ERA, 72 K). Arevalo's 1.38 ERA is third-best in the NAIA. He has pitched 117 innings, which is the most in the NAIA.
Coach: Brook Fordyce, fourth season
Outlook: The Seahawks are not at the same level as the top four teams in this tournament.

Louisiana State-Shreveport is making their fourth trip to the Baseball National Championship. The most recent one was 2012, and they finished third. Twitter: @LSUS_Baseball
Nickname: Pilots
Rankings: #25 in coaches' poll, #11 in ISR. SoS: #24
Quality wins: Central Methodist, 2-2 vs. Oklahoma City, Mobile, 2-0 vs. Point Park
Top position players: 3B Payton Robertson (.417, 7 HR, 56 RBI), OF Kody Kolb (.408, 45 RBI), DH Taylor Fajardo (.345, 15 HR, 43 RBI)
Top Pitchers: RHP Trent Sholders (6-1, 3.04 ERA, 30 K), LHP Josh Fortenberry (8-2, 3.23 ERA, 63 K), RHP Sebastian Selway (6-3, 3.36 ERA, 86 K), RHP Kevin Miranda (6-3, 5.30 ERA, 70 K), RHP Luisdiego Quintana (4-3, 5.12 ERA, 70 K)
Coach: Brad Neffendorf, second season
Outlook: Either the Pilots or the Seahawks will get a win.


2019 MLB draft

Written by Administrator - Monday, June 03 2019

Players from NAIA schools taken in the 2019 Major League Baseball draft:

Position Player School Round Overall MLB team Story
2B Cam Coursey Georgia Gwinnett 13 392 Diamondbacks story
SS Aaron Shackelford The Master's 14 424 Pirates story
RHP Shaine McNeely Hope International 16 496 Yankees  
LHP Niall Windeler British Columbia 19 569 Twins story
RHP Bryce Milligan Oklahoma City 19 593 Brewers  
RHP Eddie Tavarez Peru State 21 643 Brewers story
RHP Matthew Swain Georgia Gwinnett 23 689 Twins  
RHP Justin Friedman Hope International 26 770 White Sox  
C Anthony Lepre The Master's 28 846 Mariners  
CF Elliott Cary Oklahoma City 29 862 Tigers  
2B Jackie Urbaez Saint Thomas 29 883 Brewers  
RHP Peyton Long Central Methodist 30 913 Brewers story
C Dylan Shockley Rio Grande 34 1,024 Pirates  
LF Willie Carter Webber International 34 1,027 Braves  
LHP Dylan Hoffman Waldorf 39 1,163 Padres  

 


National Championship preview

Written by Administrator - Monday, May 20 2019

Schedule for the first two days of the 63rd NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 24-31, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

8:30 AM: #8 seed Indiana Tech (41-14-1) vs. #9 Bellevue (46-14)

Indiana Tech (Fort Wayne) is making their sixth trip to the Baseball National Championship. The most recent one was in 2003. They are the champions of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference. Twitter: @INTechBaseball
Nickname: Warriors
Rankings: #23 in coaches' poll, #7 in ISR. SoS: #20
Quality wins: 2-0 vs. Tennessee Wesleyan, 2-1 vs. Freed-Hardeman, 2-0 vs. U. of the Cumberlands
Top position players: 1B/C Glen McClain (.435, 17 HR, 54 RBI), 3B Branson Dossen (.370, 5 HR, 49 RBI), 1B/3B Jake Defries (.368, 3 HR, 42 RBI). McClain is tied for 12th in the NAIA in hitting and home runs.
Top Pitchers: RHP Tanner Perkins (5-0, 1.10 ERA), LHP Charles Dunavan (9-1, 2.60 ERA, 93 strikeouts), RHP Seth Sorensen (7-3, 2.24 ERA, 63 strikeouts), LHP Dan Shaw (2-2, 1.79 ERA, 62 strikeouts)
Coach: Kip McWilliams, 12th season
Outlook: The Warriors are happy to be here.

Bellevue (Omaha, NE) is making their 13th trip to the Baseball National Championship. The most recent one was in 2016. They are the champions of the North Star Athletic Association. Twitter: @BUBruinBaseball
Nickname: Bruins
Rankings: #21 in coaches' poll, #20 in ISR. SoS: #77
Quality wins: Saint Thomas, Oklahoma City, LSU-Shreveport
Top position players: SS Kory Longaker (.385, 12 HR, 57 RBI), C Travis Tanaka (.380, 3 HR, 51 RBI), 3B J.T. Patterson (.379, 24 home runs, 87 RBI). Patterson is fourth in the NAIA in home runs, and second in RBI.
Top Pitchers: LHP Jarrett Poh (9-0, 1.55 ERA, 68 strikeouts), RHP Stephen Knapp (10-2, 2.33 ERA, 51 strikeouts), RHP Colton Walker (5-2, 4.13 ERA, 60 strikeouts). Poh has the sixth-lowest ERA in the NAIA.
Coach: Duane Monlux, ninth season
Outlook: The Bruins will win a game.


2018 MLB draft

Written by Administrator - Tuesday, June 05 2018

Players from NAIA schools taken in the 2018 Major league Baseball draft:

Position Player School Round Overall MLB team Story
C Elih Marrero Saint Thomas 8 250 Red Sox story
RHS Ben Madison Central Baptist 9 256 Giants story
RHS Alex DuBord Faulkner 10 286 Giants story
RHS Shawn Dubin Georgetown C. 13 402 Astros story
RF Marvin Malone Southeastern 16 480 Rays story
C Lane Milligan Oklahoma City 17 520 Red Sox story
RHR Eddie Jimenez Southeastern 18 550 Red Sox  
RHR Angel Reyes Science and Arts of Oklahoma 19 555 Tigers story
RHS Stephen Yancey Texas Wesleyan 20 600 Rays  
3B Mitch Robinson British Columbia 21 637 Yankees story
RHP Gage Burland Lewis-Clark State 22 656 Blue Jays story
LHP Jonathan Bermudez Southeastern 23 702 Astros  
OF Preston White The Master's 24 706 Giants story
C Rusber Estrada Faulkner 24 712 Braves  
RHP Miguel Figueroa Oklahoma City 24 732 Astros  
RHS Kris Jackson Corban 28 850 Red Sox story
C Nelson Mompierre Saint Thomas 29 860 Mets  
LHP Andrew Shaps William Jessup 31 944 Dodgers story
3B Joe Gillette Menlo 36 1089 Diamondbacks  
LF Matthew Jarecki Benedictine (KS) 37 1095 Tigers  
RHR Alex Camacho Vanguard 37 1102 Braves  
RHS Bobby Milacki Arizona Christian 38 1151 Nationals  
C Kevynn Arias Montreat 40 1185 Tigers  
RHS Brian Metoyer LSU-Alexandria 40 1190 Mets  
RHP Cole Uvila Georgia Gwinnett 40 1199 Rangers  
RF Andrew Warner Columbia C. 40 1203 Cardinals  

 


Page 1 of 13