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2019 MLB draft

Written by Administrator - Monday, 03 June 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, 20 May 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, 05 June 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  

 


National Championship preview

Written by Administrator - Sunday, 20 May 2018

Schedule for the first two days of the 62nd NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 25-June 1, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

8:30 AM: #8 seed Antelope Valley (44-12-1) vs. #9 Reinhardt (41-18)

Antelope Valley (Lancaster, CA) is making their first appearance at the Baseball National Championship, in only the third season of their program. They won both the regular season and tournament championships of the California Pacific Conference.
Nickname: Pioneers
Rankings: #17 in coaches' poll, #29 in ISR. Strength of Schedule: #93
Quality wins: 2-2 vs. Lewis-Clark State, Middle Georgia State, 2-1 vs. William Jessup
Top position players: IF Michael Pereznegron (.398), IF Tyler Pittmon (.376, 9 HR, 64 RBI), OF Adam Maciel (.410, 57 RBI), C/1B Nathaniel Broaddus (.318, 8 HR, 42 RBI)
Top pitchers: RHP Clayton Rabiej (11-0, 3.28 ERA, 93 K), RHP Jacob Castillo (11-0, 4.75 ERA), RHP Jesse Garcia (7-4, 5.30 ERA, 77 K), LHP Chris Gutierrez (3-0, 2.61 ERA)
Coach: Jacob Garsez, third season
Outlook: The Pioneers should win this one, but if they do, Saturday night's game against Faulkner will be a challenge.

Reinhardt (Waleska, GA) is one of five teams making their first appearance at the Baseball National Championship. The Eagles and Freed-Hardeman are tied for fourth in the NAIA in team fielding, with a .971 average.
Nickname: Eagles
Rankings: Unranked in coaches' poll, #14 in ISR. Strength of Schedule: #24
Quality wins: 1-1 vs. Middle Georgia State, 2-1 vs. Campbellsville
Top position players: OF Kaleb Swayze (.356, 10 HR, 45 RBI), 1B Sherman Graves (.316, 10 HR, 55 RBI), IF Jacob Cagle (.256, 12 HR, 49 RBI)
Top pitchers: RHP Heriberto Casasola (Panama City, Panama; 6-2, 2.25 ERA, 48 K), RHP Dylan Powers (11-3, 2.62 ERA), 80 K), RHP Jason Gifford (9-3, 3.32 ERA, 85 K)
Coach: John Harris, first season
Outlook: The Eagles are happy to be here.


A turnaround at Florida Memorial

Written by Administrator - Friday, 23 March 2018

The Florida Memorial University Lions (Miami Gardens, FL), who went 18-70 over the past two seasons, are 17-9 as of the day this was published, with a series sweep of Warner. They are the top-ranked team in the Black College Nine's small school poll. They are going into a Sun Conference series at Ave Maria (Paywalled streaming video).

Their Coach is Tino Burgos, who is in his second season. He played college ball at Florida International, and coached at Hialeah Gardens Senior High School for eight years.

The player that is turning heads for the Lions is DH Sergio Chil, who came to Florida Memorial from Havana via ASA College in Miami. A junior, he is batting .488.

Chil's relocation to Miami was facilitated by Rangers scout Jose Rafael Fernandez, who is a good friend of Chil's father. Prior to going to ASA College, he was a student at Mártires de Barbados, a school in Havana for high performance athletes. He describes his training there as "strong and intense". During his first season at ASA College, he batted .450. This season, he has done a lot of work in the batting cage with hitting coach Yunieski Gurriel, learning to let the pitches come to him and hit more to right field. He says that he gets a lot of positive energy from Coach Burgos.


News from Saint Xavier University: One of the most exciting World Series in recent memory came to a close Wednesday night with the Houston Astros claiming their first championship in franchise history, and for the first time a Saint Xavier alumnus was right in the middle of the celebration.

Astros reliever Luke Gregerson (2003-06) became the first Cougar to be on a World Series-winning team after the game seven victory, the highlight of his nine seasons in the Major Leagues. The 2014 SXU Hall of Fame inductee made two appearances in the World Series, first in a thrilling Game 5 in which Gregerson inherited two runners but struck out Los Angeles' Chris Taylor to end the threat. Houston would go on to come back later that night to win in extra innings, taking a 3-2 lead in the series. Gregerson also came on in the 8th inning of Game 6 to pitch two-thirds of an inning, recording one strikeout.


2017 MLB draft

Written by Administrator - Sunday, 11 June 2017

Players from NAIA schools taken in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft:

Pick Round Team Player Story School Pos.
228 8 Padres Oliver Basabe story Faulkner SS
229 8 Rays Riley O'Brien story C. of Idaho RHP
269 9 Marlins Cameron Baranek story Hope International CF
293 10 Phillies Connor Brogdon story Lewis-Clark State RHP
322 11 Diamondbacks Tra'Mayne Holmes   Faulkner CF
426 14 Giants Michael Sexton story The Master's 3B
569 19 Marlins Micah Brown story Lewis-Clark State SS
637 21 Mets Aaron Ford   Tennessee Wesleyan LHP
641 21 Red Sox Lukas Young story Mobile RHP
620 22 Braves Justin Morhardt story Bryan C
664 22 Cardinals Kevin Hamann   Lewis-Clark State RHP
678 23 Padres Luis Roman story Texas Wesleyan 3B
681 23 A's Mailik Jones story Missouri Baptist RHP
732 24 Indians Riley Echols   Freed-Hardeman RHP
750 25 Royals Tyler James   William Carey CF
805 27 Angels Brandon Sandoval story Vanguard CF
818 27 Orioles Nick Vichio   Missouri Baptist RHP
834 28 Brewers Roberto Delgado story Oklahoma City RHP
869 29 Marlins Henry McAree   Lewis-Clark State RHP
905 30 Tigers Kyle Thomas story Northwestern Ohio RHP
912 30 Indians Zack Draper   C. of Idaho LHP
949 32 Rays Seaver Whalen   Lewis-Clark State 3B
958 32 Pirates Hector Quinones story Midway RHP
976 33 Twins J.J. Robinson   Lewis-Clark State 1B
979 33 Rays Ivan Pelaez   Faulkner LHP
987 33 White Sox Kevin George   Menlo LHP
1041 35 A's Cooper Golby   Lewis-Clark State C
1056 35 Giants Dalton Combs story Huntington RF
1089 36 Blue Jays Jonathan Cheshire story Davenport RHP

More to come...


National Championship preview

Written by Administrator - Sunday, 21 May 2017

Schedule for the first two days of the 61st NAIA Baseball National Championship, Friday-Saturday, May 26-27, Harris Field, Lewiston, ID (all times PDT):

8:30 AM: #7 seed Science and Arts of Oklahoma (47-15) vs. #10 The Master's (39-21)

Science and Arts of Oklahoma (Chikasha, OK) is making their second appearance at the Baseball National Championship. They went two-and-out last year, and were taken out by The Master's. The Drovers win the United Nations award for the second straight year; they have an Australian, five Puerto Ricans, and a Dominican Republican.
Nickname: Drovers
Rankings: #19 in coaches' poll, #27 in ISR. Strength of Schedule: #37
Quality wins: 3-1 vs. Bellevue, Davenport, 3-1 vs. Friends, Oklahoma Baptist
Top position players: UTL Christian Perez (.434, 10 HR, 59 RBI, Bayamon, Puerto Rico), RF Randy Ventura (.429, 10 HR, 52 RBI, Carolina, Puerto Rico), C Dillon White (.410, 15 HR, 80 RBI). White's 80 RBI are fifth-best in the NAIA.
Top pitchers: LHP Francis Ventura (10-1, 1.64 ERA, 88 K), LHP Jose Hidalgo (9-1, 2.04 ERA, 85 K), RHP Ruddy Estrella (1-1, 2.49 ERA, 29 K), LHP Carson Korff (8-0, 2.56 ERA, 52 K). Ventura's ERA is third-lowest in the NAIA, and lowest of the pitchers in this tournament. Hidalgo's ERA is 15th-lowest.
Coach: Mike Ross, 13th season
Outlook: The Drovers had to beat a really good Bellevue team twice and a good Davenport team to get here. This is a tough first round matchup for both teams.

The Master's (Santa Clarita, CA) is making their fourth appearance at the Baseball National Championship. They went 1-2 in last year's tournament. The win was 6-1 over Science and Arts of Oklahoma; RHP Brad Lohse pitched a complete game. They won the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament by winning five straight after losing the opening game.
Nickname: Mustangs
Rankings: Unranked in coaches' poll, #7 in ISR. SoS: #6
Quality wins: 4-1 vs. Menlo, 2-0 vs. Georgia Gwinnett. Defeated Hope International twice in GSAC tournament.
Top position players: C Jonah Jarrard (.413, 12 HR, 46 RBI), 3B Michael Sexton (.401, 16 HR, 59 RBI), CF Max Maitland (.351), SS Aaron Shackelford (.316, 14 HR, 50 RBI), 1B David Sheaffer (262, 8 HR, 59 RBI)
Top pitchers: RHP Danny Lutz (2-1, 2.53 ERA, 29 K), RHP Aaron Alexander (10-4, 2.84 ERA, 95 K), RHP Robert Winslow (8-5, 2.92 ERA, 97 K), RHP Jason Karkenny (5-2, 4.28 ERA, 49 K)
Coach: Monte Brooks, 21st season
Outlook: After a slow start, the Mustangs went 24-4 since March 25, and enter this tournament with a nine-game winning streak. Preview from The Master's College.


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