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11larkin11
05-26-2008, 02:52 PM
College Baseball Bracket (http://http://ncaa.com/uploadedFiles/Sports/Baseball/Articles/Division_I/2008MCWS64-teamBracket.pdf)

Alvarez/Vanderbilt
Matusz/San Diego
Crow/Missouri
Smoak/South Carolina
Posey/Florida State
Beckham/Georgia
Alonso/Miami (FL.)
Hunt/Tulane

All are guys I think are on our radar, and all are in the pool. Alonso and Crow are in the same bracket and may face off, depending on when Crow pitches, as well as Hunt and Posey. Could have had a great matchup of Matusz and Scheppers, until Scheppers got hurt.

Kingspoint
05-26-2008, 06:20 PM
Those may be the top ones, but keep an eye on Michigans Zach Putnam. He's a Rick Ankiel clone without the "psycho".

camisadelgolf
05-26-2008, 06:29 PM
Those may be the top ones, but keep an eye on Michigans Zach Putnam. He's a Rick Ankiel clone without the "psycho".

In both hitting and pitching?

RedlegJake
05-27-2008, 01:06 AM
In both hitting and pitching?

Yep. Pure power hitter who can hammer it. Scouts debate whether he should be a pitcher or a position player because of his bat. Pure power on the mound, too, mid 90 heater. Good slider. Mechanics concerns and command issues. If he was to fall to 83 and the Reds picked him I'd do cartwheels.

RedlegJake
05-27-2008, 01:10 AM
Friday, April 4, 2008
Zach Putnam Lights Out Yet Again

Well, it's official. Something has clicked and Michigan opponents better beware. Zach Putnam is back and better than ever. Here are the stats from his last three starts:

2-0; 0.37 ERA; 0.71 WHIP; 22.1 IP; 34 K's; 4 BB; 13 Hits

Zach Putnam, Michigan
Jr., DH, Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer
Putnam led the Wolverines to a four-game sweep over the weekend, batting .368 (7-for-19) with a double and three home runs to combine for an .895 slugging percentage. The junior also added eight RBI and six runs as Michigan maintained the top spot in the Big Ten standings with an 11-1 record. Putnam's best performance came in Game 2 of the series against Illinois when he went 3-for-5 with a double and two home runs, scoring four runs and driving in six. The Ann Arbor, Mich., native also went 3-for-5 with a homer, two runs and four RBI in a non-conference matchup against Toledo earlier in the week, driving his weekly numbers up to a .417 average, a .440 on-base percentage and a .958 slugging mark. Putnam is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak and is third in the Big Ten in slugging percentage (.725) and tied for third in RBI (14) in conference action. The utility player also picked up the win on the mound in Friday's game, driving his record to 3-0 with a 2.95 overall ERA and 47 total strikeouts. The award is Putnam's first career honor for hitting, and his second weekly accolade this season as he was named Pitcher of the Week on March 31. Putnam is the first player since Northwestern's Sloan Smith in 1993 to be named Player of the Week and Pitcher of the Week in the same season.

Just two news blurbs about different aspects of his game. Darn guy is moving up the charts though and fast. I doubt he'll be there at 83.

RedlegJake
05-27-2008, 01:10 AM
Double posted. So I'll add this: Putnam, Riccio Torrez, Cutter Dykstra, Casey Kelley, Chris Dominguez. Man, I'd love any one of them at 83 but I don't know that any of them will be there, plus Dykstra may be a very difficult sign since he has a letter to Stanford and implied it would take a major offer to forego that.

Kingspoint
05-27-2008, 06:54 PM
In both hitting and pitching?

Absolutely!

Maybe not as good at hitting, but he was the DH of the Year in the Big-Ten this year, and he was Pitcher-of-the-Year. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like he'll get out of the 1st tier of Regionals as they got put in the same 4-team bracket as Arizona, but it won't be because Putnam doesn't pitch a great game when it's his turn.

HBP
05-30-2008, 10:07 AM
Missouri plays today at 12 on ESPNU, I'm guessing Crow will pitch but not sure. South Carolina plays at 2, Georgia at 3, and Miami at 4.

joshnky
05-30-2008, 11:00 AM
Double posted. So I'll add this: Putnam, Riccio Torrez, Cutter Dykstra, Casey Kelley, Chris Dominguez.

What's everyone's opinion on Dominguez? With my biased point of view, he has been an absolute stud for Louisville. The word is that he might stay in school another year but is he a legit early pick if he comes out?

HBP
05-30-2008, 02:06 PM
Crow - 0H 1BB, 2K through 3 innings

OnBaseMachine
05-30-2008, 02:10 PM
Crow just lost his no-hitter with two outs in the 4th inning on a serious jam job that fell in between the pitchers mound and second base for an infield single.

OnBaseMachine
05-30-2008, 02:13 PM
Crow just pulled out a nasty curveball to strikeout the final batter of the 4th inning. He's got nasty stuff. I have no problem whatsoever if the Reds draft him at No. 7.

OnBaseMachine
05-30-2008, 02:15 PM
Lance Lynn is looking pretty good for Ole Miss. He reminds me a bit of Aaron Harang with his size and stuff.

HBP
05-30-2008, 02:19 PM
Are you watching OBM? Do his mechanics look as bad as what's been said?

dabvu2498
05-30-2008, 02:26 PM
Crow just lost his no-hitter with two outs in the 4th inning on a serious jam job that fell in between the pitchers mound and second base for an infield single.

That pitch would have destroyed a wood bat.

OnBaseMachine
05-30-2008, 02:31 PM
Are you watching OBM? Do his mechanics look as bad as what's been said?

I'm not a big expert on mechanics or anything, but they don't look any worse than say, Max Scherzer's, or Jake Peavy. In fact, his mechanics sort of remind me of Jake Peavy. Stuff wise I'd say his stuff is comparable to Matt Cain.

dougdirt
05-30-2008, 02:42 PM
I just watched Crow in slow mo from the side angle they had in the 5th inning.... my elbow hurt from watching it. His elbow was much higher than his shoulder was, not quite Anthony Reyes bad, but pretty close.

OnBaseMachine
05-30-2008, 02:57 PM
Crow has a shutout through six innings with six 6 K's. He's throwing four above average pitchers with two electric pitches in the fastball and slider. He strikes me a guy who could probably go straight to High-A and pitch well there.

HBP
05-30-2008, 03:18 PM
Smoak has an RBI single for SC

OnBaseMachine
05-30-2008, 08:06 PM
Crow Cruises

Posted May. 30, 2008 2:18 pm by Aaron Fitt
Filed under: Division I Postseason

Missouri ace righthander Aaron Crow turned in a vintage performance today in a 7-0 win over Mississippi and Lance Lynn in the Coral Gables regional. Crow struck out 10 while walking five in a three-hit, complete-game shutout. Lynn, meanwhile, allowed six earned runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 innings to take the loss.

All of a sudden, you’ve got to really like Missouri’s chances to stun top-seeded Miami. Crow’s complete game spared the bullpen and allows the Tigers to start a fully rested Kyle Gibson tomorrow, in all likelihood. Gibson has the second-best arm in that regional, after Crow, and gives the Tigers a real chance. And Missouri got very encouraging afternoons from outfielder Ryan Lollis (4-for-4) and catcher Trevor Coleman (2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs)–two key hitters for them who have had somewhat disappointing years. If those guys keep it going, Missouri’s offense can be very, very good.

One other note on Crow: sources in Coral Gables say there were at least 30 scouts on hand to see Crow work in the mid-90s. It was the sharpest Crow has looked since his dominating scoreless streak earlier this year, and it came in almost certainly his final start before the draft. A scout in attendance said there’s no way Crow drops out of the top 10 picks now–not that he was ever really in danger of doing so.

http://www.baseballamerica.com/blog/college/

Aronchis
05-30-2008, 08:11 PM
Crow stars in: When elbows explode lol;)

David Cubbedge
05-31-2008, 12:32 AM
Anyone know who is playing in the SEC game a half hour from now?

*BaseClogger*
05-31-2008, 12:49 AM
Since Michigan was brought up, I want to give a shout out to Michigan's 1B Nate Recknagel. He attended my HS and was named 2008 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. He was not drafted for some reason last year, but I would love to see the Reds take him with a late pick after another solid season as a senior:

2005: .351/.414/.536
2006: .372/.448/.569
2007: .352/.452/.612
2008: .372/.466/.758

OnBaseMachine
05-31-2008, 02:23 AM
According to today's BA chat, Recknagel will be a 6-10 round pick.

NC Reds
05-31-2008, 10:49 AM
http://proxy.espn.go.com/ncaa/news/story?id=3419473

Here is an excellent update of yesterday's action.

Of special note: Matusz throws a complete game three-hitter and had 10 K's.

Also, Bucknell shuts out Florida State. Traditional powers Georgia, Texas and Florida also lost.

11larkin11
05-31-2008, 01:50 PM
So in terms of performance, Matusz and Crow both throw complete game 3 hitters with 10 Ks.

Kingspoint
05-31-2008, 08:36 PM
Since Michigan was brought up, I want to give a shout out to Michigan's 1B Nate Recknagel. He attended my HS and was named 2008 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. He was not drafted for some reason last year, but I would love to see the Reds take him with a late pick after another solid season as a senior:

2005: .351/.414/.536
2006: .372/.448/.569
2007: .352/.452/.612
2008: .372/.466/.758

Recknagel is a monster and should go in the Top 3 Rounds. Absolutely no reason for him not to. Supplemental 1st Round pick is more likely where he will go. I haven't seen a better hitter in College all season.

Kingspoint
05-31-2008, 08:38 PM
The best link I can find for the NCAA tournament. Click on any Regional Box and it will give you live, up-to-date scoring of each bracket.

http://www.cstv.com/gametracker/brackets/cws/2008/08_cws_bracket.html

Kingspoint
05-31-2008, 08:48 PM
Michigan has to play two games today because their game yesterday was postponed. It was the only game in the Tournament yesterday of the 32 that was postponed. Zach Putnam beat Kentucky in the 1st game allowing only 1 Run in 5 innings leaving with a 7-1 lead, where they hung on to win 7-5 after Kentucky scored 4 in the 8th. They probably wanted to save Putnam and use him on short rest in 2 days and that's why they took him out after 5 with the huge lead. Putnam was 1-2 with 2 BB's, and Recknagel was 0-2 with a walk and a run.

Unfortunately, they are in Arizona's bracket and may not get into the Super Regionals. They are playing them right now. They're down 3-0 in the Top of the 3rd. I'm sure Recknagel got hurt in the late innings of the last game. He left late in the game, and he never leaves a game for any reason. He's also not in the next game. Michigan has a very deep offense, so they still have a chance in this game.

Michigan gets to host the "Ann Arbor Regional" even though they aren't the #1 Seed in that Regional. College Baseball does things like that. That gives Michigan a huge chance to upset Arizona in the Regional, but without Recknagel, that chance may have just gone away.

I can't find anything about Recknagel and why he left the other game early or why he's not in this game.

On a side note, both Putnam and Recknagel earned 2nd Team All-American honors...Putnam as a Utility Player, Recknagel as a 1B, and Michigan also had Chris Fetter make it as a Starting Pitcher on the 2nd Team.

It is the first Louisville Slugger All-America citation for each of the three Wolverines and the first time any Michigan player has been selected to the team in its 12-year existence. It also marks the first time three Wolverines earned All-America status in the same year. Michigan had two earn the distinction twice, the last coming in 1985, when Barry Larkin and Mike Watters were named All-America first team by Baseball America.

SandyD
06-01-2008, 12:19 PM
After yesterday's games were completed, there were 16 teams eliminated, and 16 teams undefeated.

UNDEFEATED TEAMS (by seed within regional)
#1 seeds: 9
#2 seeds: 5
#3 seeds: 1 (Tulane)
#4 seeds: 1 (Fresno State)

Eliminated teams (by seed within regional)
#1 seeds: none
#2 seeds: 2
#3 seeds: 4
#4 seeds: 10

of the "National Seeds" (top 8 overall), 3 have 1 loss, and are on the brink of elimination.
Florida State, Georgia, and CalState Fullerton. The first 2 will play the team that beat them on Friday.

Overall, 10 of the loser's bracket games will feature a "rematch" of a game played Fri, mostly #2 vs #3, so it's kind of what you'd expect. One loser's bracket game today features a #1 vs #2---Long Beach State vs San Diego.

For reference, a # 4 seed in a regional is roughly equivalent to a #13-#16 seed in the NCAA basketball tourney. (4 brackets of 16, vs 16 brackets of 4)

Continuing with the "march madness" reference:
if BUCKNELL beats overall #4 seed FLORIDA STATE, it would be like a #16 seed beating a #1 seed in hoops ... for this second time this weekend. And THEN, they'd still have to beat Tulane 2x to reach the "sweet 16".

GA vs Lipscomb is a #2 vs #15 (also a rematch of Fri's game won by the lower seed)

Of the #4 seeds still alive, 1 would be a #16 seed in the hoops bracket, 1 a #15 seed, 3 #14 seeds, and 1 #13 seed.

The # 13 seed is undefeated Fresno State in their regional.

Just food for thought.

*BaseClogger*
06-01-2008, 01:15 PM
According to today's BA chat, Recknagel will be a 6-10 round pick.

What has changed to make him go from undrafted to 6-10 round? BTW, I think he hurt his elbow or wrist this weekend...

Kingspoint
06-01-2008, 07:12 PM
What has changed to make him go from undrafted to 6-10 round? BTW, I think he hurt his elbow or wrist this weekend...

They're just recognizing that they were wrong to begin with and they are still wrong by having him so far down in the Rounds.

Kingspoint
06-01-2008, 07:26 PM
I don't know how the injury will effect his draft status, but I'm sure they're going to try to get some more information about him before making the pick.

Nate Recknagel, the University of Michigan baseball team's top hitter, suffered an injury to his left arm this morning and will not return any time soon.

In the sixth inning of Saturday morning's resumed game between Michigan and Kentucky, Recknagel had to make a catch into an oncoming runner at first base and immediately left the game clutching his left hand.

"Nate is injured and will be out," Michigan coach Rich Maloney said. "That's all I can say."

The Wolverines held on for a 7-5 win over Kentucky to move into a 7 p.m. matchup against top-seeded Arizona. The winner of that game moves into Sunday night's championship in the double-elimination regional.

When Recknagel, who was later seen in the dugout with his left arm in a sling, went out, sophomore Mike Dufek replaced him. Dufek has played regularly this season as a sophomore.

Maloney will have a few hours to figure out how to juggle his lineup with his top hitter no longer available to bat third.

Michigan lost to Kentucky today and was eliminated. Putnam did what he could, homering yesterday to get the team within a run and then hitting a 3-run homer today, but Michigan's starting pitching today was very poor. Arizona plays Kentucky later, and is my pick to win the College World Series.

Kingspoint
06-06-2008, 02:05 AM
They're just recognizing that they were wrong to begin with and they are still wrong by having him so far down in the Rounds.

BA was right and I was wrong about Big-Ten Player-of-the-Year Recknagel. 6 rounds are done and he hasn't been selected, yet. I'm really surprised.

Michigan's Zach Putnam was taken at the end of the 5th Round by Cleveland.

*BaseClogger*
06-06-2008, 02:45 PM
BA was right and I was wrong about Big-Ten Player-of-the-Year Recknagel. 6 rounds are done and he hasn't been selected, yet. I'm really surprised.

Michigan's Zach Putnam was taken at the end of the 5th Round by Cleveland.

Thanks for the update. Let me know if/when he gets drafted, please... :)

11larkin11
06-06-2008, 04:19 PM
Thanks for the update. Let me know if/when he gets drafted, please... :)

He went 591st to Cleveland

*BaseClogger*
06-06-2008, 05:57 PM
He went 591st to Cleveland

Is that like the 18th round or so?

Kingspoint
06-06-2008, 06:07 PM
Is that like the 18th round or so?

I haven't seen an update about his wrist injury, btw.