Conner Mach will be returning to Victoria for his second summer in a Generals uniform. Mach just finished his junior season at the University of Missouri and was recently drafted by the New York Yankees in the 46th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft.■ Brandon Platts: "I've kind of got a feeling" (Des Moines Register, 6/23)
Mach hit .295 with nine doubles, four home runs, 30 RBIs, and 21 runs scored to help lead the Generals to the 2010 TCL Championship last summer.
"The Yankees want to see Conner play a little more this summer before they decide anything on him," commented Blake Koch, Victoria's general manager. "Conner has the option of returning for his senior year at Missouri or signing with the Yankees. We're glad to give him a platform to showcase his skills here in Victoria."
“I haven’t made a decision yet,” Platts said between games.
He said he hopes to have a decision shortly after the state tournament.
“I’m going to have 15 days set aside before college starts,” he said. “I’ve kind of got a feeling right now.”
What’s that feeling?
“I’m not going to say,” he said with a smile. “It’s going to depend on a couple of small things.”
Platts said he has a number in mind. He wasn’t discussing that yet though.
■ From drafted MU recruit Brandon Platts on Twitter: "last day in town tomorrow before summer school at the Zou!"
■ Graves looks back on time at Francis Howell (News Magazine Network)
A few days removed from winning the state title, Brett Graves was picked by the Cardinals in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball Draft.
“That was a pretty exciting deal and a honor to be picked by the home-town team I grew up rooting for,” Graves said.
Then shortly after that, Graves got to have a visit with Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan, who is friends with Graves’ football coach Brian Koch and like Graves was committed to Missouri in 2002 before the Cardinals drafted him late that spring.
“Coach Koch is his (McClellan’s) neighbor and arranged for me to meet him,” Graves said. “He told me about his experiences in the minor leagues and told me to continue to work hard and stay focused and good stuff will happen. He’s a pretty cool guy.”
Graves said that it will be about another month before the Cardinals begin negotiations with him and his family.
This summer Graves has been busy playing baseball with the Rawlings Prospects, a travel league team that travels a six-state area playing tournaments and games and help recently graduated seniors gain attention for college baseball.