Tuesday, November 30, 2010

MU Baseball online

@MUTigerBaseball on Twitter:
  • WOOHOO!! Official, we now have the most followers of any @Big12Conference Baseball Team! Way to go #Twizzou! Keep the new followers coming!

  • [Andy Heifner] transferred to Jefferson College in St.Louis
Missouri Baseball on Facebook:

TCU Baseball and the Big East

TCU's move to the Big East makes sense (Collegebaseball.rivals.com)
The Big East, meanwhile, should be ecstatic about adding TCU in baseball. The Horned Frogs are one of the greatest success stories of the past few seasons, becoming a national power with much competition inside their state and around the Southwest region. The Frogs also have made a strong commitment to baseball with a sparking facility.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Simmons Field Photo: Trash

W. T. Hoover, 1999-2002
Hoover was the first Tiger to hit the Devine Pavilion with a home run

Friday, November 26, 2010

Early Signing Period: Big 12 Recruiting

Husker baseball team signs 11 (huskerextra.com)
The Nebraska baseball team's initial group of recruits slated to become Huskers in August has ties to what will be its Big 12 Conference past, its Big Ten future and, as always, its home state.
. . .
"This is a very diverse group of signees that really fit some specific needs for our team," NU coach Mike Anderson said. "We feel again that we have signed a very talented class, but also a class that has strong integrity and character."
. . .
Aggie baseball signs 11 to National Letters of Intent (aggieathletics.com)
"This class may be one of the most talented classes we have put together here at Texas A&M," head coach Rob Childress said. "Justin Seely and Matt Deggs worked very hard to assemble this group of not only talented baseball players but quality young men. We have very good balance in this class with five position players and five pitchers along with a very special two-way player in Daniel Mengden. On the pitching side we were able to sign two very talented left handed pitchers in Ty and Matt and three right handed pitchers in Corey, Gandy and Jason that we feel like all have a chance to come in and make an immediate impact. Positionally, we feel like we signed two of the best catchers in the state in Cole and Mitchell. Our other two in-state kids we signed we feel are two of the most talented left handed bats in the state of Texas in Chance and Dillon. We also signed a very talented junior college infielder as well in Mikey who will give us some added stability in the middle infield next year."
Baseball inks 14 for 2012 season (soonersports.com)
Overall, 12 of the 14 recruits are rated by Perfect Game Crosschecker as prospects for the 2011 MLB Draft. Four of the signees have already been selected in the draft, including three last season.

"We are very excited about this recruiting class," said Golloway. "Just like others in recent years, we feel like it's a strong class that can help us immediately. The coaching staff did another great job in landing a group of players that is full of character and talent that will continue our Sooner baseball tradition."

Baseball wraps up the early signing period with two additions (texassports.com)
The University of Texas Baseball program certified the National Letters of Intent from two more of the top high school student-athletes in the nation on Tuesday to wrap up its early signing period with 11 additions.

The Longhorns combed through the finest players in Central Texas for their final two players of the early signing period adding Parker French, a right-handed pitcher from Dripping Springs, and Brooks Marlow, an infielder from Giddings.

"We added two more players to what is a very strong class," associate head coach Tommy Harmon said. "Both players are capable of making an impact early in their careers."
. . .
UT Head Recruitrer Tommy Harmon: "Dylan Bundy is one of the top pitchers in the nation. He 95, 96 mile per hour with a power breaking ball. They don’t come a long like him very often."

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanks Giving

Oh God, when I have food,
help me to remember the hungry;
When I have work,
help me to remember the jobless;

When I have a warm home,
help me to remember the homeless;

When I am without pain,
help me to remember those who suffer;

And remembering,
help me to destroy my complacency
and stir up my compassion.

Make me concerned enough
to help by word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for

by Samuel F. Pugh

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me… – Matt. 25:35

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Top 9 Online Resources for College Baseball: College Baseball Daily

We're taking a look at my top 9 favorite (in no particular order) online resources for College Baseball information.

CollegeBaseballDaily.com recently changed their name from The College Baseball Blog.

CBD is to College Baseball what SimmonsField.com is to Mizzou Baseball. Occasionally the people behind the website provide original reports and analysis, but the meat and potatoes of content is the day-to-day compilation and summary of online articles and press releases about college baseball.

They lean heavily toward official press releases rather than independent news reports, but that's somewhat out of necessity. Knowing first-hand the unbelievable amount of semi-relevant links about Mizzou Baseball that hits my in-box every day, there is no way any website could wrap their arms around everything that's published or posted about the entirety of college baseball. They are, however, gradually increasing their reach, posting about articles in the independent media.

The folks at CollegeBaseballDaily.com do a remarkable job of reporting on the wide range of collegiate baseball.
  • If you want to keep up with all the upcoming college baseball schedules as they are released, they have the complete list for you.

  • As the season approaches, they do an annual countdown of the CBB Top Players, with brief write-ups on each.

  • If your time online is limited, you can check in each weekend for the Top 5 College Baseball stories of the week.

  • If you're a fan of the true hinterlands of baseball - NCAA D-II, DIII and NAIA - they do a pretty good job of covering the major stories there as well

  • Just this week they've begun a series of interviews with coaches, starting with perennial MU opponent Western Illinois' Mike Villano:

  • "Due to the fact that I was hired in December and Coach Coryell didn’t get to campus until almost the end of January our recruiting class is heavily dominated by JUCO guys this year (23 players; 8 high school players and 15 JUCO). One freshman will compete for playing time if the season was starting right now."

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Making of a College Baseball Schedule

Scheduling Questions? (CollegeBaseballDaily.com)
James Madison's Spanky McFarland: Why would the big schools go play at good mid major programs, they have everything to lose and nothing to gain. The only way you will get the big schools to travel more would be to change the R.P.I. formula to reflect a bigger percentage on road wins.
. . .
UNLV's Tim Chambers: I don’t think you can get better if you don’t play the top teams and you won’t have as good of an opportunity to get to a regional if you don’t play the top teams, so for RPI, we have to do it.
. . .

Monday, November 22, 2010

The State of Cal Baseball

The State of Cal Baseball with Coach Dave Esquer (collegebaseballtoday.com)
So I walk into Dave Esquer’s office on a rather surprise visit out of the blue. It’s a Friday morning and it doesn’t seem to matter what time of day it is, Coach Esquer is in his baseball uniform. He is dressed and ready for a game. He’s even got a few dirt marks on it too.

Metaphorically, the moment is not lost on me.

This guy is ready for baseball. He’s ready to crank it up, whether his university allows him to field a team or not.
. . .

Justin James in the Arizona Fall League

■ Former Tiger Justin James played this Fall with the Phoenix Dessert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League. The AFL is the league where Major League organizations send their prime prospects for refining against top competition. James made relief appearances in 9 games, earning 2 saves, a 0-0 record and a 5.99 ERA.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

TJ & Team USA

MU baseball coach named manager of USA Baseball Collegiate National Team (Columbia Missourian)
"I think he'll bring an aura of calm and confidence to the team," said Evan Pratte, the director of baseball operations for MU. "He's been through it before and knows the ins and outs of Team USA. He'll run the team well. He'll do the same thing he does here."
Team USA puts together impressive coaching staff (rivals.com)
Jamieson, who is regarded as one of the nation's best teachers, has done a fantastic job during his tenure at Missouri. He also earned a great reputation in 2005 when he helped lead Team USA to an impressive 16-4 summer record.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tim Jamieson to lead Team USA

Mizzou's Jamieson to lead '11 CNT (USABaseball.com)
USA Baseball announced the four members of the 2011 Collegiate National Team coaching staff on Thursday. Missouri's Tim Jamieson will manage the club next summer, and he will be joined by pitching coach Rob Walton (Oral Roberts) and assistant coaches Dave Van Horn (Arkansas) and Scott Stricklin (Kent State).
Jamieson and Walton made their Team USA debuts together on the 2005 Collegiate National Team coaching staff, serving as an assistant coach and the pitching coach, respectively, for manager Steve Smith of Baylor. Van Horn and Stricklin will both be wearing the red, white and blue for the first time.

"We are thrilled to announce Tim Jamieson as our 2011 manager," said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball General Manager of National Teams. "His experience from 2005 -- coaching players like David Price, Matt Wieters and Matt LaPorta -- will serve him well, and teaming him with Dave Van Horn, Scott Stricklin and Rob Walton will provide our athletes with a unique opportunity to learn from some of the best college coaches in the game. Once again, the college coaching community has rallied around the Collegiate National Team program."

Tim Jamieson enters his 17th season as the head coach of the Missouri Tigers in 2011. He is the second-winningest coach in Mizzou baseball history and will begin the 2011 campaign with a career record of 544-382-2. In 2009, Jamieson passed legendary head coach John "Hi" Simmons on the university's all-time win list and trails only Gene McArtor's 733 victories. While with the 2005 Collegiate Team, Jamieson helped lead Team USA to a 16-4 record, which included games played in Japan and Taiwan. He was accompanied that summer by Missouri players Max Scherzer and Hunter Mense, the first Collegiate National Team representatives for MU since 1991.

ORU's Rob Walton returns for his third stint with Team USA. In addition to his time with the 2005 club, Walton managed the 2008 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, which, in finishing an undefeated 24-0, is widely considered one of the greatest U.S. Collegiate Teams of all time. Known as one of the top pitching minds in baseball, Walton helped lead an '08 staff that featured the likes of Stephen Strasburg, Mike Leake, Mike Minor and Kyle Gibson. Walton will be entering his eighth season as manager of the Golden Eagles in 2011. He owns a 290-120 (.707) record over that span, and he is a four-time Summit League Coach of the Year.

Next spring will mark Dave Van Horn's ninth season as head coach of Arkansas. In 2010, the Razorbacks made it through to their second consecutive super regional for the first time ever, and they later advanced to Omaha for the sixth time in program history. Four Arkansas players were drafted in the first five rounds of the 2010 Major League First-Year Player Draft, including Zack Cox who went No. 25 overall to St. Louis. Van Horn holds a career record of 319-179 (.641) at Arkansas and an overall record of 904-419 (.683) in 22 years as a head coach.

Scott Stricklin enters his seventh season as head coach of the Kent State baseball program in 2011. The Kent State alum and 2006 Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year has guided his alma mater to a 222-128 overall record, including five MAC championships and three NCAA tournament appearances. The Golden Flashes closed out the 2010 regular season with their fourth MAC East Division crown in five years, and they won five elimination games in three days to capture the MAC tournament title and earn a trip to the NCAA Los Angeles Regional -- its second consecutive NCAA berth.

The Collegiate National Team is coming off a 16-3 2010 season which ended in a heart-breaking loss in the gold medal final of the FISU World University Championships in Japan. The U.S. lost 4-3 in extra innings to a Cuban team featuring several players from its top-level National Team. The 2011 schedule is highlighted by five games against Japan, marking the 38th time the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team has met the Japan Collegiate All-Stars in an international friendship series. The complete 2011 schedule has yet to be announced.

Unassisted Trripleplay: Trib changes the wrong things

Tribune to start charging for online access (Columbia Daily Tribune)
The Tribune will start charging readers next month for unlimited access to its website.

Under a so-called metered model, website visitors will be able to read up to 10 local stories per month for free. Those wanting to read more will have to purchase an online subscription or buy individual stories. Also, only online subscribers will be able to comment on stories.

Here at SimmonsField.com we link and quote from the Columbia Tribune whenever thy have a story about MU Baseball, and this will make that more difficult. But I'm not motivated to start paying for it, and this isn't going to seriously impact the availability of quality free information.

  1. There's not exactly a ton of ink devoted by the Trib to MU Baseball anyway. During the Fall, there seems to be an article or interview or feature every day about MU Football, and as the weekend approaches, there are multiple pieces every day. On Sundays there are no less than 4 or 5 articles analyzing the previous day's game.

    Most MU Baseball games are lucky to get a basic game summary, especially if its an away game. Matt Nestor (and occasionally other Trib reporters) provide somewhat more detailed game reports for many home games, and occasional features. Some of these are pretty good, and I've expressed my appreciation for Matt in my annual "Tip of the Cap" awards.

    But even with the good stuff, the Mizzou Baseball follower can't help feeling unappreciated by the Tribune as a whole.

  2. When I think back on what were the best and most interesting stories I linked to over the past year, there were a lot more from the "new media" websites and blogs and message boards than on any newspaper site. And the hottest stories this past year (assistant coaches leaving and being replaced, MU alums in the minors and majors, recruiting information), were stories that I broke based on information from other "new media" sources and from "social networking" with other MU Baseball fans.

    Perhaps the Tribune should focus more on emulating the new media than on jacking up prices for the same old same old online. The traditional print media is no longer the center of the information universe.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fall Ball

Fall scrimmage games; a college baseball junkie's paradise (CollegeBsseballToday.com)
Love the new bats.

Yep, I said it. The new restricted bats play closer to the ones I’ve seen in the Cape Cod League over the years. Keep in mind, I’ve seen plenty of home runs in the Cape, mostly by guys who are supposed to hit home runs. On Saturday during the scrimmage at Fullerton, there wasn’t a single home run hit. There wasn’t even a shot to the warning track that I recall. The only near-dinger of the day was USD’s 6′4″ Bryan Haar taking Titan ace Noe Ramirez way, way over the left field wall, but went about 10 feet foul.

Top 9 Online College Baseball Resources: College Baseball Today

We're taking a look at my top 9 favorite (in no particular order) online resources for College Baseball information.

For pure entertainment value, CollegeBaseballToday.com has become one of my favorite haunts during the baseball season. And as regular readers of SimmonsField.com know, for me, being entertained is what college baseball is all about.

Eric Sorenson writes CollegeBaseballToday, which is basically a blog about his personal experiences and opinions and observations about college baseball (and other stuff, including hockey).

If you're looking for hard info about who beat who and what the stats were, go to D1Baseball.com. If you want to know who gave which umpire a dirty look and which team lost because their grounds crew cuts the grass too long, then Eric Sorenson is your guy.

Where else can you read stuff like this:
He was going to bat for his nudity. Brandishing one of those oversized plastic pink bats, the tog-less one stepped up to home plate, took a fake swing, dropped the bat and then noticed the cops starting to run at him from the 1st base side. So he began to run down the 3rd base line instead. After stepping on 3rd, he bolted for 2nd, touched the bag and then, just kept running for the right field foul pole.

At that point, p.a. man Jack Payne blurted out over the microphone, “… and there he goes!”

The more you make CollegeBaseballToday.com a regular habit, the more you'll become a true "stitch-head".

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


College coach, former UNO pitcher Callahan dead at 52 (neworleans.com)
Southern Illinois University baseball coach Dan Callahan, who was part of a long list of coaches and managers-to-be at the University of New Orleans in the late 1970s, died Monday after a long battle with a rare form of skin cancer. He was 52.

In 21 years as a college head coach, Callahan won 595 games. He is one of five coaches in Missouri Valley Conference history with 200 league victories. As he continued on the job while battling cancer last fall, Callahan received the MVC Most Courageous Award.

Callahan pitched at UNO under Ron Maestri in an era that produced new Chicago Cubs manager Mike Quade, Cubs assistant general manager and former UNO coach Randy Bush, LSU coach Paul Mainieri and Missouri coach Tim Jamieson.

Phil McCormick: Not just a submariner

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mizzou Recruit: Confirmed Signing

Oak Ridge ace signs with Mizzou (semissourian.com)
Oak Ridge senior Brett Thomas caught the eye of more than one college coach when he pitched at a showcase at the University of Missouri in June.
. . .
Thomas made his verbal commitment to Missouri official Saturday by signing his national letter of intent.

"It's good," Thomas said. "I'm glad it's over with. It's just the first step of many, I'm sure. I've got a long way to go. That's just a piece of paper. I've got to put in a lot of hours, but it's been fun."

Thomas led Oak Ridge to its second straight quarterfinal appearance with a 7-2 record last season. He had a 0.59 ERA and struck out 92 batters in 59 1/3 innings.

Wedding Congratulations!!

■ Congratulations to Mizzou Assistant Coach Kerrick Jackson on his marriage to Talia Teer this past weekend in St. Louis. You can read all the details and see photos at their wedding page on TheKnot.com. Including the story of the Proposal:
After dinner, it was time to open presents and Kerrick had two for Talia under the tree. The first one was a beautiful ornament marking our first Christmas. The second one was a St. Louis Cardinals Mr. Potato Head. Talia was appreciative, but puzzled, by this gift. Then, in his mitt, she saw something....a shiny ring. She pulled it out and looked at Kerrick in surprise and amazement. Kerrick dropped on one knee, popped the question and Talia said YES!
And apparently, according to the website, former MU assistant Coach Tony Vitello was one of the groomsmen at the wedding.

Friday, November 12, 2010

2011 Recruit: Patrick Quintanilla, C

Patrick Quintanilla, C
Southlake Carroll HS (Dallas-FW area)
6'2", 180 lb, R/R

2010 stats: .354 BA, .446 OBP, .506 SLG, .952 OPS; 28 H; 79 AB; 6 2B; 2 HR; 14 RBI; 10 R

Quintanilla's signing with MU confirmed by DallasNews.com

GameChanger.com has a complete breakdown of Quintanilla's batting record, fielding record and hitting spray charts.

MaxPreps.com photo gallery

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Mizzou Recruits: Confirmed MU Signings

Brett Graves RHP; 6-1 170 R-R Francis Howell St. Charles MO -- St. Louis American confirms

Jake Busiek LHP; 6-2 180 R-L Lafayette Eureka MO -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch confirms

Brandon Platts RHP; 6-4 210 R-R Mason City Mason City IA -- Mason City Globe-Gazette confirms
“When I first saw it [the Mizzou campus], I kind of fell in love with the place,” Platts said. “They have a really good baseball program with a lot of tradition. I felt like that was the place for me.”

Mizzou Recruiting: No Simple Signing

Variables complicate signing process (PerfectGame.org)
It has been strongly speculated that the next Basic Agreement between Major League Baseball and the Players Association will contain the same sort of defined draft slotting system that exists in other major sports. MLB has a strong desire to reign in signing bonuses and create a more-level playing field for all 30 teams in the draft process.

A strong and less frequently discussed motivation for the powers that be at MLB is to push more high school players to college baseball, and let the colleges serve as the de facto minor leagues for developing players. The bottom line would simply be to shift a portion of the player-development costs from the existing minor leagues (i.e., 30 major league teams) to the colleges.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mizzou Recruiting: Early Signing Period begins today

The National Letter of Intent Early Signing Period begins today and continues through November 17th.
By signing a National Letter of Intent, a prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the designated college or university for one academic year. Pursuant to the terms of the National Letter of Intent program, participating institutions agree to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year to the student-athlete, provided he/she is admitted to the institution and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules. An important provision of the National Letter of Intent program is a recruiting prohibition applied after a prospective student-athlete signs a Letter of Intent. This prohibition requires participating institutions to cease recruitment of a prospective student-athlete once a National Letter of Intent is signed with another institution.
For complete details on the NLI and all rules and requirements, see the NCAA National Letter of Intent page.

An excellent summary of the ins and outs of the National Letter of Intent can be found at InformedAthlete.com, the site of former MU Baseball dad Rick Allen.

Here at SimmonsField.com we've been compiling a list of players who have made verbal commitments to Mizzou or who have been seriously talked about as possible or likely MU signees. Our current list:

Corbin Berkstresser 3B; 6-4 210 R-R Lee's Summit Lee's Summit MO - PerfectGame.com lists him as verbally committed to MU Baseball, but most sources list him as a verbal commit to MU Football.

Jake Busiek LHP; 6-2 180 R-L Lafayette Eureka MO -- Verbally committed

Brett Graves RHP; 6-1 170 R-R Francis Howell St. Charles MO -- Verbally committed

D'Andre Heggie 3B; 6-0 195 R-R Blue Springs South Blue Springs MO -- Verbally committed

Brandon Platts RHP; 6-4 210 R-R Mason City Mason City IA -- Verbally committed

Jake Ivory C/OF; 6-1 160 R-R Francis Howell HS St Louis MO -- Verbally committed

Brett Thomas, RHP/SS; 6-2 190 R-R Oak Ridge HS, Oak Ridge, MO -- unconfirmed verbal commit
Kyle Barbeck, LHP; 6-1; 191 lb; L/L Northeast Texas Community College ('11); Ole Miss ('09,'10); Blue Springs HS (MO) - Former prep teammate of Nick Tepesch, rumored to be planning to sign a Letter of Intent with MU

Some other names that have been mentioned as considering Missouri:
Tyler Hunt RHP; 6-0 210 R-R Westran HS, Huntsville, MO- Hunt has been recruited by MU, but no word yet on his plans
• The StL Post-Dispatch lists the following as considering Missouri:
- Nick Gregory, SS; McCleur HS
- Chase Haslett, P/IF; Clayton, MO
- Daniel Kraus, Webster Groves
- Sasha Kuebel, P/1B; SLUH

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

100 Days until Opening Day 2011

The Mizzou Baseball 2011 schedule opens in a big way on February 18th in Southern California with a tournament that pits Missouri against USC, Cal Poly and North Carolina.
• "You always get a special kick on opening day, no matter how many you go through. You look forward to it like a birthday party when you're a kid. You think something wonderful is going to happen." (Joe Dimaggio)

• "A home opener is always exciting, no matter whether it's at home or on the road." (Yogi Berra)

• "Every Opening Day, I have this tradition. I pray -- hard. One prayer for each loss in the previous season. It usually takes all day. But I think it's working." (Royals fan "Troy" in Liberty, Mo)

Top 9 Online College Baseball Resources: Baseball America

We're taking a look at my top 9 favorite (in no particular order) online resources for College Baseball information.

Baseball America was started as a newspaper devoted to baseball in 1981, and has always focused on baseball below the Major League level. There are numerous lists and databases and articles available to subscribers, but there is plenty of info for the cheapskates like me, as well.

■ The College Blog, Draft Blog, Prospects Blog and High School Blog are good resources to keep up with the latest news and analysis for college baseball and prospects coming into and leaving the college ranks.

■ The live (and archived) Chat and Podcasts can also be a great way to pick up the latest news

■ The Draft Database is a good place to get up-to-date information on which players and recruits have been drafted or signed.

■ Following Baseball America and the various specific College beat writers on Twitter is often the best way to get breaking news before it hits the website, as well as some rumors that never reach the website. Specifically search for the general Baseball America page, as well as those of Jim Callis and Aaron Fitt.

Monday, November 8, 2010

2011 Recruit: Kyle Barbeck, LHP

Kyle Barbeck, LHP
6'1"; 191 lb; L/L
Northeast Texas Community College ('11); Ole Miss ('09,'10); Blue Springs HS (MO)

Kyle Barbeck has reportedly signed a Letter if Intent with MU for the 2011-2012 season

2009 Pitching (Ole Miss): 0-0; 5.89 ERA; 11 G; 1 start, 26 H, 16 R, 12 ER, 15 K, 13 BB, 18.1 IP

2010 Pitching: "Redshirted" at Ole Miss

■ Barbeck is a former HS teammate of Nick Tepesch

Northeast Texas Community College Bio for Kyle Barbeck:
My first job: Umpiring
My greatest love: Baseball
Favorite thing to do outside of baseball: Workout
Favorite quote: “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up” –Jimmy V
Unknown or unique fact about me: I think with my left part of my brain
■ Kyle Barbeck, who will not be returning to the Rebels next season, is pulling double-duty for the the Coastal Plains League’s Thomasville HiToms. At the plate, Barbeck is hitting .243 with nine hits in 37 at-bats. On the mound, Barbeck is 1-1 in four starts with an ERA of 5.89. In 18.1 innings of work, Barbeck has allowed 12 earned runs on 13 hits and 26 walks (yikes), while striking out just seven. Opponents are hitting .206 off the former Rebel. (Oxford Eagle, 7/6/10)

Perfect Game prep scouting report

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mizzou in the Majors: Mathis released by Rangers

Rangers cut three (NewsOK.com)
The Texas Rangers have sent infielder Esteban German and right-handers Doug Mathis and Brandon McCarthy outright to the minor leagues, and the trio have refused the assignments and become free agents.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Simmons Field Photo: Lucky 13

Torre Tyson, 1995-1998

2010-2011 Roster Updated

Our last update on the 2010-11 Roster was back in August. Now that the official Fall Practice season is finished, here is our current list of the players who are still with the team.

There are 40 names on this list, which is compiled from the Fall World Series rosters. The roster shows a good balance of veterans and younger players: 11 seniors, 11 juniors, 8 sophomores, and 10 freshmen.

By February 18th, the roster will be trimmed down to the regular playing season roster limit of 35.

• Ryan Ampleman, C (SR)
• Eric Anderson, RHP (SO)
• Sal Belfonte, OF (FR)
• Blake Brown, OF (SO)
• Brad Buehler, RHP (SR)
• Kenny Burton, LHP (SR)
• Drew Carlile, C (FR)
• Brian Carr, LHP (JR)
• Brannon Champagne, OF (SO)
• Ryan Clubb, RHP (JR)
• Jeff Emens, RHP (JR)
• Ian Ekery, LHP (FR)
• Dillon Everett, IF (FR)
• Kelly Fick, LHP (SR)
• Eric Garcia, IF (SO)
• Ryan Gebhart, OF (JR)
• Zach Hardoin, LHP (SR)
• James Hudelson, RHP (JR)
• CJ Jarvis, IF (FR)
• Russell LaFleur, OF (JR)
• Matt Linderer, RHP (FR)
• Jeff Lusardi, OF/IF (SO)
• Conner Mach, IF (JR)
• Kevin Mahler, RFP (SR)
• Phil McCormick, LHP (SR)
• Garrison McLagan, 1B (JR)
• Dane Opel, OF (SO)
• Andreas Plackis, C (SO)
• Dusty Ross, RHP (JR)
• Jesse Santo. IF (SR)
• Jeff Scardino, LHP (SR)
• Jonah Schmidt, OF (SR)
• Myles Smith, RHP/IF (FR)
• Scott Sommerfeld, C/1B (SO)
• Matt Stites, RHP (JR)
• Andrew Thigpen, IF (SR)
• Ben Turner, C (JR)
• Jake Walsh, LHP (FR)
• Ryan Yuengel, RHP (FR)
• Rob Zastryzny, LHP (FR)

2011 Recruit: D'Andre Heggie, 3B/1B

D'Andre Heggie, 3B/1B
6'0"; 195 lb; R/R
Blue Springs South HS (MO)

Heggie has made a verbal commit to MU, according to PerfectGame.com

■ 2010 Surburban Big Seven All-Conference 2nd Team

Barnstormers Baseball Scouting Report, April 2010 (includes Video):
D'Andre Heggie is a powerful right handed hitter from Blue Springs South who will graduate in 2011. He shows a great combination of strength and balance that is evolving into a solid average high school player who hits for average and power. With patience and understanding D'Andre has the potential to be a true power threat at the next level.

His defensive abilities are best suited for a corner infield positions at the high school level, but with continued work on running speed and physical conditioning he may one day be a corner outfielder. To make outfield play a reality he will need continued development of his arm strength. D'Andre will be a good college player and with lots of hard work he could be a player who reaches the professional ranks.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Mizzou in the Majors

Getting healthy (DallasNews.com)
Ian Kinsler (03) said he felt better in the playoffs than at any time and plans on using the down time to work on his quickness.

"I just need to get my speed back," he said. "I didn't steal as many bases as I'd like this year. I didn't really feel comfortable stealing bases because I wasn't able to catch up with my speed after the spring training injury."
Fans celebrate Rangers' season (espn.com)
Kinsler looked over in the direction of Cowboys Stadium and said: "I can't even see that stadium over there. Baseball is what it's about."

2011 Recruit: Brandon Platts, RHP

Brandon Platts, RHP
6'4"; 210 lb; R/R
Mason City HS (IA)

Missouri-bound: Platts commits to Tigers (globegazette.com)
From the beginning, there was always something that separated Missouri from other schools in Brandon Platts’ mind.

The Mason City High senior had a laundry list of schools wanting his right arm in their pitching rotation but Missouri was always one of the schools that intrigued him most.

It was the Tigers of the Big 12 that wound up with his services.

On Monday, the right-handed pitcher committed to the Tigers, ending an arduous recruiting process that included Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas as the finalists.

“Looking over things, I really wanted to play in the Big 12,” Platts said. “I think it gives me the best opportunity to move on after college. I really think they are headed in the right direction and I want to be part of that.”

Platts, the Globe Gazette Player of the Year, was 10-0 with a 1.08 ERA, leading the Mohawks to the Class 4A state semifinals
Midwest Sports Advisors profile and scouting report (includes photos):
Brandon Platts is a big, strong player with tremendous potential to play beyond college. He is very athletic for a big man and his work ethic is only surpassed by his coachability. Brandon receives MSA's highest grades as a recruitable athlete and is without a doubt a Division 1 prospect. As a pitcher, he is poised and confident with an excellent speed variation between his upper 80's fastball and his off-speed pitches. His command is excellent and with a few seasons of growth, Brandon could be an absolutely dominant pitcher. His delivery and balance are acceptional as well as is his mental approach to the game. As a hitter, Pro Evaluator Kevin Seitzer (Kansas City Royals Big League hitting instructor) says of Platts: "Brandon is an above average high school hitter that should adjust to the college game very quickly, he is strong with tremendous bat speed. He will continue to grow as a hitter because of his work ethic and his athletic ability. He is a powerful hitter and will learn the ins and outs of each at bat as he faces more pitching at higher levels." Brandon has an awesome oppertunity to play baseball for many years to come. Presently, we would project Brandon as a pitcher first and position player second. He has the ability to dominate a game from the mound or the batters box.
Perfect Game scouting reports:
Brandon Platts is a 2011 RHP with a 6'4'', 210 lb. frame from Mason City, IA who attends Mason City HS. Big solid build, nice present strength. Simple hand drop delivery, clow paced, good smooth arm circle, high 3/4's release, tends to come over FB on release and not stay behind it as well as possible. Steady 86-88 mph FB from windup, CB bit soft on velo but big downer shape and commanded very well, Change up flashed good sink with nice arm speed. Threw strikes with all offerings, good idea how to pitch with 3 pitches. Solid prospect, good student.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

2011 Recruit: Kyle Barbeck, LHP

Word is that Kyle Barbeck, LHP will be signing a Letter of Intent to come to Mizzou in 2011.

Barbeck, a graduate of Blue Springs HS (MO) - and former teammate of Nick Tepesch - spent a year at Ole Miss and is at a Junior College in Texas.

Mizzou in the Majors: Justin James on the move again

A's trim roster, part ways with Bonser, James (mlb.com)
The A's cropped their 40-man roster yet again Tuesday, this time eliminating relief pitchers Boof Bonser and Justin James (02-03), along with outfielder Matt Carson.

Bonser and Carson were outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento -- the former electing free agency and the latter agreeing to terms on a 2011 contract with a non-roster invitation to Spring Training. James, meanwhile, was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers.
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James, a hard-throwing September callup, offered the A's a feel-good story toward the end of the 2010 campaign. His year began with the Kansas City T-Bones in the Independent League and ended in Oakland, where he posted a 4.50 ERA in five relief appearances for the A's. He was immediately added to Milwaukee's 40-man roster.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Top 9 Online College Baseball Resources: CollegeSplits.com

Starting today we're going to look at my top 9 favorite (in no particular order) online resources for College Baseball information.

Somehow I managed to miss this website until it was over a year old, but CollegeSplits.com is a gem.

The website is divided into three parts:
College Splits Data: Stats on college hitters and pitchers. Not all players are included, just the ones that meet their at-bat qualifications. The basic stats are unremarkable, but then they also have park adjusted, schedule adjusted, park/schedule adjusted stats, and a daily recap of leaders during the season. I'm still looking for the page that explains their methods.
College Splits Blog: Lots of categorized data here, along with analysis. Topics like Reading college strikeout rates, College shortstop defense, Scouting the scouts. Many of their analysis posts actually reside on HardballTimes.com, but are linked from College Splits
College Splits on Twitter: A lot of Twitter pages (including mine) are just posts to push followers to the main website. But College Splits uses their tweets to post interesting news bits and to solicit input from readers on research projects.
The Data section is a good resource; The blog is an interesting read; the tweets are worth following. CollegeSplits.com has made it to my list of valued College Baseball Resources.

Mizzou in the Majors 2010: Ian Kinsler

Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers

One picture sums up the 2010 season for Ian Kinsler. In a year in which his team reached the World Series, in spite of an up-and-down personal season, it seemed almost appropriate that Ian's season ended with him standing in th eon-deck circle watching a teammate strike out to end the World Series.

In his 5th season in the Major Leagues, Ian Kinsler played the fewest games (103) of any season so far, due to a pair of stays on the disabled list extended stay on the disabled list (7/29-9/7). He still managed his second best batting average (.268), but his home run total was way down (9) compared to the previous season (31). And he played in the All-Star game, thanks to an injury to Dustin Pedroia, to whom Kinsler seems to be linked for life by fate.

Ian Kinsler makes Rangers' lineup better (espn.com)
With Kinsler: 61-42 record, .285 batting average, .427 slugging percentage and five runs scored per game

Without Kinsler: 29-30 record, .261 batting average, .405 slugging percentage, 4.5 runs scored per game
Rangers' Ian Kinsler is praised for all-around success (Dallas News, 7/13/10)
There won't be a second consecutive 30-30 season for Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler. But as Kinsler prepares for his second All-Star Game appearance today, he'll do so playing the best baseball of his career, no matter what the numbers say.

"Two years ago, everyone was talking about him like he was a five- or six-year player," manager Ron Washington said. "He's played five years now. He's figured out what he needs to do more than what he wants to do. You get guys who do want to do things because they know they can. He's just doing what he needs to do."

Kinsler, 28, missed the first month of the season with a high ankle sprain. Since returning from the disabled list, he has hit for average in the No. 3 spot, gotten on base for fellow All-Stars Vladimir Guerrero and Josh Hamilton, and played what Washington said is the best defense of his career.

The All-Star Game was the furthest thing from Kinsler's mind when he returned to the lineup April 30, and he needed an injury by Dustin Pedroia to be one of the record six Rangers to make the American League team..
Kinsler also enjoyed the opportunity to participate in his first post-season in the Major Leagues. He was a major contributor in the Rangers' defeat of the Rays. He was 8-for-18 for a team-best .444 average in the series, with three home runs, tied with Nelson Cruz, and a team-high six RBIs.

He was less productive in the ALDS vs. the Yankees. hitting only .250 (5-for-20), 1 R, 3 RBI, 0 HR.

In the World Series, his production dropped further, hitting .188 (3-for-16), 1 R, 0 RBI, 0 HR.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Mizzou in the Majors: Ian vs. the Giants

Ian Kinsler quotes on the World Series (SportsDayDFW)
They did a hell of a job. Lincecum threw different stuff tonight than his first night. He had more velocity on his fastball, and he pitched a hell of a game. They threw the ball really well and that's what wins championships.
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Not much worked, we won one game. We got really hot there at the end of the season going into the postseason, and we got really hot against Tampa and New York, and we were a confident team coming in. They pitched better than us, they did everything better than us. They beat us. But we're proud of where we got, and we're going to move on from this.
At the finish Rangers, especially Kinsler, did not challenge (SportsDayDFW)
Ian Kinsler had the chance in the seventh inning of Game 4, and he popped up to left field. Kinsler was a team-worst 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position during the Series.

2011 Recruit: Jake Busiek, LHP

Jake Busiek, LHP
6-2, 180, R/L
Lafayette HS, Eureka, MO

PerfectGame.org lists Busiek as a verbal commit to MU, and I have received independent confirmation of this

PerfectGame.org Report from January 2010 World Open Showcase
Jake Busiek is a 2011 LHP/OF with a 6'2'', 180 lb. frame from North Port, FL who attends IMG Academies. Tall slender build, long legs, room to get stronger, projects physically. High leg kick delivery, stays tall and balanced, fluid delivery, tight 3/4's release point, some downhill angle. FB to 78 mph, big sweeping curveball with good bite and spin, some feel for change up. Have seen up to 83 mph in the past, should keep improving.
I AM . . . Jake Busiek (blog.imgacademies.com)
I understand what my role is on my team and what I have to do for it to be successful

I say that we have a great squad this year

I dream of being respected and looked up to

I value my family and the people around me

I hope that I can go to a top Division 1 school

I am respectful and responsible

I AM Jake Busiek.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Mizzou Recruits 2011

Some additions to tour list of verbal commitments to Mizzou. The official early signing period for National Letter of Intent is November 10-17. We will provide more information on these recruits as time allows in the coming weeks.

The following MU commitments are listed by PerfectGame.org:

Corbin Berkstresser 3B; 6-4 210 R-R Lee's Summit Lee's Summit MO

Jake Busiek LHP; 6-2 180 R-L Lafayette Eureka MO

Brett Graves RHP; 6-1 170 R-R Francis Howell St. Charles MO

D'Andre Heggie 3B; 6-0 195 R-R Blue Springs South Blue Springs MO

Brandon Platts RHP; 6-4 210 R-R Mason City Mason City IA

Other possible MU recruits, previously reported here at SimmonsField.com:

Jake Ivory C/OF; 6-1 160 R-R Francis Howell HS St Louis MO

Brett Thomas, RHP/SS; 6-2 190 R-R Oak Ridge HS, Oak Ridge, MO

Tyler Hunt RHP; 6-0 210 R-R Westran HS, Huntsville, MO