Draft 13 – 9-23-12 – Logan Koch, 2012 South Atlantic Border Battle Showcase, Jiovanni Orozco, Rob Mouton, Shaun Cole, Hunter Renfroe
South Mecklenberg HS (NC) catcher Logan Koch passed on to me an invite he has received for an upcoming showcase. I thought you would find this interesting and, hopefully, if you are in the area, attend to root him on:
We would like to invite you to play in the biggest showcase ever held on North Carolina soil. The 2012 South Atlantic Border Battle showcase event in Burlington, NC at Burlington Stadium home of the Burlington Royals Minor League Affiliate team will take place on Saturday, and Sunday November 3rd, and 4th. This event is STRICTLY INVITE ONLY. in collaboration with Major League Baseball we are compiling teams of talented players like you from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland-Delaware-Pennsylvania, and New Jersey Each team will be represented by 20 players and will play 2 games each in front of dozens of college coaches and professional scouts. Best of all, the cost of this event is very minimal a $50 registration fee is all that is required when mailing in the attached registration form. All teams will be coached by Area Major League Baseball Scouts, and all of your uniforms will be provided by the MLB team that is coaching your area with the goal of putting you in front of the colleges and pro scouts to showcase your abilities.
On hand will be scouts from the Cards, Pirates, Mets, Rays, Red Sox, Padres, and Royals.
In addition, I will be there to cover it for BLF.
Loganville H.S. (GA) OF Clint Frazier has been named the Louisville Slugger/Perfect Game number one prospect.
Remember the name Jiovanni Orozco. He’s out of Salpointe Catholic H.S. (AZ) and won’t graduate high school until 2015, but he pitched seven shutout innings this weekend during the PG Showcase, against the best in the country, striking out 15. FB hit 90. Was 5-6, 130 in 2011… now up to 5-11, 185… keep growing Jio!
Nothing like amping up your draft status. 2013 available LHP Rob Mouton for Minnesota Blizzard Blue strikes out 11 (1-BB) with a complete game no-hitter for the Minnesota Blizzard Blue. FB 81-83, topping 84.
You go through a lot of exciting steps when you play baseball… high school, showcase weekends, college, summer leages, and being drafted. All of this happened to UC-Irvine (31-25 overall, 13-11 in conference)’s alumnus infielder Ben Orloff, but nothing must be more satisfying than his playing for Israel this week in the World Baseball Classic. Orloff was a 9th-round draft pick by Houton and has made it to the AA level this past season, but nothing could be more satisfying than playing on the same team with ex-major leaguers Sean Green and Gabe Kapler.
Juniors Eddie Campbell (2.0IP/0ER/1K), Colin O’Keefe (1.0IP/0ER/2K), Brad Markey (2.0IP/0ER/1K) and Devin Burke (2.0IP/0ER/1K dominated Virginia Tech’s first exhibition game Friday, which ended as a 7-2 win against the Ontario Blue Jays. The offense was dominated by underclassman, who had seven of the ten hits the Hokies had.
On Friday, The University of Arizona (48-17 overall, 20-10 in conference) pitching coach, Shaun Cole, was named the Collegiate Baseball Pitching Coach of the Year. Pitchers he has had the pleasure of developing in 2012 have been Kurt Heyer, Konnor Wade, James Farris, who combined for: 31-8, 3.30, 16-CG. That gets my vote too.
Interview Clip – Mississippi State junior OF-C Hunter Renfroe
Mack - The first question I ask just about everyone is to take us back to that day someone first put either a bat or a ball in your hands and take us through the chapters that got you to this point in your life?
Hunter – I was probably 1 when my dad started buying plastic bats and balls and I actually started playing t-ball when I was 2.5 years old and the big changing point in my life was we were playing in a state championship when I was 11 I jumped up and robbed a home run that would have been a grand slam but in the process I landed back on top of the fence and broke my left arm in half basically and after that I didn’t play baseball for almost a year and I switched schools and after that all I wanted to do was play sports and do it to the best of my ability.
Mack – You went to Copiah Academy (675th ranked nationally, 16th in state) where you dominated in your senior year (.583/.760/1.476). Looking back, do you now wish you played in a larger, higher ranked school against more competitive pitching?
Hunter - No, not at all. I didn’t go to Copiah because of sports I went to get a great education and to have a great time in high school and baseball was just a plus. Did it have the best pitching in triple A private school? No but I believe that if I went to say a public school I would have hit even more homeruns because they would actually pitch to me. I got walked I think 68 times in my senior
Mack – (Good answer about the education) Hunter, congrats on having your summer league team, the Bethesda Big Train, retire your number. Was this expected or did it catch you off-guard?
Hunter – It was completely a surprise I had no idea and they invited my parents up and they surprised me at the ceremony
Mack – Look, your college career speaks for itself so far. What are you concentrating on this summer to maximize your junior year?
Hunter – My pitch selection. I am a very good fastball hitter and off speed hitter I just didn’t show it last year because I was chasing balls that were out of the zone so I tried focusing on that and this summer it has paid off I didn’t strike out swinging but just a few times so I was really excited about the big jump in seeing the ball this summer