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6/10/2020 -  MLB Draft 2020... Draft commentary ... Austin Martin/Vanderbilt #5 overall to the Toronto Blue Jays... Robert Hassell/Independence HS #8 overall to the San Diego Padres.... Garrett Crochet/UT #11 overall to the Chicago White Sox... #18 Bryce Jarvis from Brentwood Academy/Duke RHP to Arizona Diamondbacks... 

6/9/2020 - MLB Draft June 10/11: The five-round Draft will begin on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. ET, with both MLB Network and ESPN producing live coverage -- the first time more than one network will provide live primetime coverage of the event. The first night of coverage will span the first 37 picks, covering the first round and Competitive Balance Round A.

I emailed a few local college coaches at different levels and asked them about their thoughts on the draft and effects of Covid on their program or recruiting. Here is what they had to say:

Jim Toman/MTSU: "The draft being only 5 rounds will mean that 3-4 of our current players and maybe 2-3 of our recruits will not be drafted...so more than likely they will remain in school and the hs kids will make it here.  That is a good thing for college baseball...however, many programs will have a back log of players because all of our guys have been given that extra year as well...we will try to honor as many of our scholarships as we can but it will be hard to stay under the limit."

Jonathan Estes/Freed-Hardeman: "Several byproducts of COVID-19 will have a major impact on college baseball next spring. The shortened draft, allowing players an extra year of eligibility, a larger number of transfers than usual, teams and programs shutting down are all impacting college baseball. The im pact may be feltfor years to come. These changes will bring challenges as well as opportunities. Many NAIA programs will return multiple seniors that, four months ago, were looking forward to graduation and joining the workforce. Most NAIA players that would have been mid to late round draft picks will certainly be returning to college baseball for another year. Roster crunches at many D1 programs is pushing players to top NAIA programs. I think when we get back on the field, we should expect to see some of the strongest and deepest teams we have seen- not only from traditional powers, but all throughout NAIA baseball."

Clay Greene/Memphis: "It will be interesting. It will keep a lot of good players in college. I think thisand the NCAA rule granting everyone eligibility back will make D1 baseball the best product it has had maybe ever. For us. I think we will lose a senior LHP to a free agency deal. I hate that it’s 5 rounds but completely understand why they did it. Our LHP is Danny Denz.  Other than that we are counting on 3 seniors coming back for next year."

Dave Shelton/Walters State: "There will definitely be an effect on not only Juco rosters, but every college baseball roster. Combine the MLB eliminating 35 rounds along with the Seniors who lost their seasons to Covid-19 being allowed back, the landscape of college baseball has changed for the foreseeable future.

Take a look at some simple math: 30 MLB Teams x 35 Draft Pics = 1,050 kids not being drafted thus will be injected back into college baseball. 299 Division I Teams x 4 (Estimate on average number of seniors returning to colleges) = Roughly 1,200 seniors back into school.

With our Junior College rules of being MLB Draft eligible immediately as a freshman, there will be some high school kids who maybe were just on that boarder of being a Top 5 round draft pick, who do not wish to wait 3 years for the opportunity to be drafted again by going to a 4-year school. Thus Junior College becomes a good route for them. With not only the NCAA Seniors coming back to school, but the Juniors who would have been drafted in rounds 6 through 40, there will be a lot more competition for playing time against kids who are 3,4, or 5 years older than these incoming freshman. That will also push some kids to the Junior College route. You are already seeing an effect with a shake-up of NCAA rosters, as there have been 1,425 NCAA baseball players enter the Transfer Portal since March 15, and average of over 18 players per day. Many of these are Senior-eligible Graduate Transfers who will find new homes and take playing time from younger players, but many are freshmen and sophomores who transferring in search of more playing time and finding a better fit for themselves, and thus many will end up at Junior Colleges this upcoming year to allow themselves to go through the recruiting process again. We have a couple of kids coming to us now who originally committed to Division I schools, and we have a couple of transfers coming. I anticipate there being more kids looking to the JUCO route after the draft, after they see they were not taken in the top 5 rounds, and I also foresee another influx of kids transferring to Junior College at Christmas Break, once kids encounter the higher number of upperclassmen they are up against this fall. I wouldnt say it has drastically changed our recruiting though, as we will always be in a situation where the majority of our players are ones in which we recruit out of high school and develop. A bigger impact on our recruiting was the fact that there was not a high school season for the most part.  It really limited us in our evaluations this year. Especially with seniors who we may not have had the opportunity to see yet. And now we are trying to play catch up and see some of these kids. It really has made for a tough situation for everyone during this whole thing."

6/3/2020 - Coaching changes everywhere... Whidby takes over for Whipple at Franklin...  Purvis takes over at Watertown...  Stevens resigns at Harding ... Langley out at Lenoir ... Lamm retires at Loretto ... Biggs returns home, to Lavergne to take over program ...

6/1/2020 - Later this week we will have some TN college coaches share their thoughts on how the MLB draft changes will affect college baseball...

5/31/2020 -  MLB Draft June 10/11: The five-round Draft will begin on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m. ET, with both MLB Network and ESPN producing live coverage -- the first time more than one network will provide live primetime coverage of the event. The first night of coverage will span the first 37 picks, covering the first round and Competitive Balance Round A.

Coverage continues Thursday, June 11 on MLB Network and ESPN2 at 5 p.m. ET and will pick up with the start of the second round (pick No. 38) and run through the end of the fifth and final round of this year’s Draft. There will be a total of 160 picks in the 2020 Draft.

Everyone thinks the 5 round draft his a HORRIBLE idea... here are some quotes from different baseball guys:

Keith Law/The Athletic: "The most obvious impact is that we’ll see a lot of good players who had some major-league potential go undrafted this year. Paul Goldschmidt (Round 8) and Jacob deGrom (Round 9) were drafted after the fifth round out of four-year colleges; at the time, they were not seen as good enough prospects to go in the top 150 picks, even though history has shown they were among the very best players in their respective draft classes."

Bruce Levine/Cubs 360: “I believe what will happen is more college players and high school players will go back and play amateur ball or go to college if you’re a high school player. If you’re not drafted in the top 5, you’re not going to sell yourself short by signing for $20k. You’re going to see a glut of players out there going to college, you’re going to see some playing amateur ball….to make sure they get their money this year and the year after.”

from TC Palm: “It’s so complicated on so many levels,” said Palm City-based agent Mark Rodgers. “You absolutely sympathize with and understand that everyone associated with professional baseball is losing money and that seems to be a common theme across the landscape so it’s hard to criticize people for making decisions that are in their best financial interest. However, when we take a look at the potential ramifications of reducing the Major League Baseball draft to five rounds and look at the long-term implications of that, it becomes potentially destructive to the game as we know it above the Little League level. The decisions being made today will impact high school, college and professional players for at least one full generation.”

from NorthJersey.com/Nick Gantaifis:

“This affects every college program one way or another,” Fairleigh Dickinson University first-year coach Rob DiToma said. “No one was planning for this situation in the preseason."

The jolt could be felt as far down as the junior college level, a level that has several perks that more players could be interested in as opportunities dry up elsewhere. Will college baseball become overcrowded after MLB draft changes

5/30/2020 - 2020 TN Draft Preview: First of all, the fact that the draft has dropped from 40 rounds to 5 is a GAMECHANGER! Many questions to be answered about the future of baseball at the minor league level and will more kids play other sports due to lack of opportunity in baseball? Austin Martin OF/3B from Vanderbilt is either 1A or 1B in this draft. Martin is very versatile having played 6 positions as a freshman at Vandy.  At No. 16, Robert Hassell, OF, from Independence HS. Hassell was named to the TBR Ultimate 9 Team last season and has commited to Vanderbilt. At No. 18, is Mississippi native, Garret Crochet from UT. Crochet is 6'6" 220. A nice solid frame with a mid 90's fastball. The No. 25 prospect is Brentwood Academy alum, Bryce Jarvis. Jarvis pitches for Duke and the 6'2" RHP throws in the low to mid 90's. He had a perfect game in one of his 4 starts last spring. At 59, LHP Jake Eder from Vanderbilt. Everyone was looking for Eder to breakout this spring... oh well, the 6'4" 220 lb southpaw has a nice frame throws a mid 90's fastball. At 69, Farragut RHP, Ryan Hagenow. Hagenow, 6'5" 200 lbs; throws a low 90's fastball and has a great changeup as well. #106, Alerick Soularie, OF, UT. A good line drive hitter and aggressive base runner, Soularie has a below average arm. #113 is Landon Knack RHP from East TN State.  With a mid 90's fastball and a solid slider, Knack throws strikes and is the best 5th year senior prospect in years. #130 RHP Jackson Leath, RHP from UT. Leath has a mid 90's fastball and a nice cutter in the mid 80's. #134 Tyler Brown, RHP from Vanderbilt. Every one in TN knows about Brown's story. The 6'4" flamethrower was used as a closer with the Dores. A three pitch guy, mid 90's fastball, mid 80's slider and a mid 70's curveball. #154 Hugh Fisher, LHP from Vanderbilt. Fisher played at Briarcrest HS in Memphis. He is 6'5" 193 lbs. He will fill out with age, nice frame. Still in rehab from Tommy John, Fisher had a mid 90's fastball has a sophomore at Vandy.

3/10 - The Flu has wiped me out... apologize, but I have zero energy to do anything. Week 2 Pitcher of the Week is Aiden Frye from Dyersburg. Hitter of the Week is Caleb McNeely from Walters. Series POW's are Lance Dockery from Cleveland, Haven Mangrum from Columbia and Xavier Torres from Motlow.

3/5 - TCCAA Week 2 Conference Preview:

Cleveland vs Roane:
Roane Interim Coach Cam Hamsley on this weekend's challenge in Cleveland, "
Has been a really good early season series last couple years. In 2018, Cleveland State Swept in 3 straight walk off wins. Last year, we split the series with game 2 going into extras. For Roane State to win the series this year we need to start fast, limit free bases and get to Cleveland State's bullpen."


Columbia vs Volunteer:
Charger HC Mike Corn on their league home opener, "
Looking at this week’s events, a conference series seems to be a little less vital than we sometimes make it out to be.  That being said, the Chargers are certainly relieved to be playing at Dave Hall Field this week after being on the road thirteen of our first seventeen.  We warm up Wednesday with the 10-1 Rangers of Northwest Mississippi before setting our eyes on a very talented group of Pioneers.  Coach Hunt and the boys are coming off a series win while we are looking to get things headed in the right direction.  Vol is second in our league in homeruns and fielding percentage.  There will be more games lost this weekend than won so when you can defend and change a contest with one swing of the bat, you will find yourself standing on solid ground more times than not.  We will need to discover a recipe to close out games and get some timely individual performances if the Chargers want to have their heads above water come Monday in Mule Town."

Walters vs Jackson: Jackson has a long trip this weekend. First yr Green Jay HC Michael Winders had this to say about the challenge ahead of his club, "The Greenjays will hit the road in the 2nd weekend of TCCAA play, when we travel to Walters State. We know that we will have a very big challenge ahead of  us this weekend. We are trying to get some guys going at the plate, and this pitching staff we are facing this weekend is not what you want to face when you have been inconsistent at the plate. The rain has held off here in the later part of the week, hopefully the work we have gotten will start to pay off at the plate. We will have to defend and pitch it better than we have all year this weekend against a very offensive lineup.  The keys for us this weekend will be not to allow the big innings early and give ourselves a chance late in the game to get a key hit, that has eluded us, so far, this year."
Senator HC Dave Shelton on his home opener, "It was good to show signs of improvement last weekend against a very good Chattanooga State team. I was pleased that some of our hitters started to look a little more comfortable at the plate, and we were able to get a couple of really good starts on the mound from Lindsey and Joyce. This weekend we have Jackson State coming to town, and we are excited to be at home after playing our first 21 games of the year on the road. Its too early to know much about them, but they showed what they are capable of by beating the top ranked team in the country in Wabash Valley earlier in the year. We will have to continue to figure out how to improve this weekend despite our lack of on-field practice time due to weather. "

Chattanooga vs Motlow: Motlow's Dan McShea on the Tigers, We were able to play solid baseball for 2 games last weekend against a good Southwest team.  If we want to be able to compete on the road against Chattanooga, we are going to have to find a way to be more consistent.  We have to find a way to be competitive every day and every pitch.  Chattanooga has a very talented team and they have always done a good job of finding a way to win.  I expect they will put pressure on us defensively every inning. We need to limit the free bases and play solid baseball."

Tiger Mentor, Greg Dennis on Week 2 challenge, "We host Motlow State this week and will ready ourselves for another really challenging opponent, following Walters State last week, as Coach McShea’s teams have been extremely difficult to match up with the last few years for us.  It appears they have another fine group of hitters and he continues to do a masterful job of maximizing what he has in his pitchers.  They have already won one series and won some big games earlier this year.  We competed pretty well at times last weekend and will try to build on that with greater efforts and attention to areas that we were lacking in last week.  Hopefully, it will be a great series here in the Scenic City!!


Southwest vs Dyersburg: The Hwy 51 showdown is on! Eagle HC Robert White on the challenge this weekend... " We head down Highway 51 to play the Saluqui’s of Southwest in week #2.  Erik is doing really good things and I anticipate this being a tight series.  I know very little about them, but they always have a pesky offense and a plethora of arms.  We weathered last weekend against a solid Chargers team that exposed us in every phase of the game.  We are gonna keep grinding things out and hopefully start playing the game with some enthusiasm and urgency.  We need to play clean baseball or this will be a long weekend.

Saluqi skipper Erik Schoenrock on SW's home opening series,
"This weekend we host Dyersburg State in our conference home opener. Coach White's teams always present a challenge when you go up against them, and they have another very talented roster this year. We will need to limit mistakes from the mound and try to avoid big innings. Offensively, we are going to see some higher velo that we haven't seen consistently in the season yet, so our hitters must be ready to go. We want to protect home turf this weekend, and we must play well in all phases to have a chance to do so."


3/3 - TCCAA Week One POW's.... Walters Andrew Lindsey is the TCCAA/TBR Pitcher of the Week. Lindsey tossed a compete game 7 inning shutout. He allowed 5 hits and stuck out 9 while walking zero batters... Motlow's Chewy Sanders is the TCCAA/TBR Hitter of the Week. Sanders went 5-11, scored 3 runs, had 5 rbi with a double and home run... Other series POW's are Brennan Whitten of Volunteer, Alex Ray of Cleveland and Drew Reckhart of Dyersburg...

3/2 - Week one of TCCAA play is in the books. In game three of the Walters v Chatt series the Senators score 5 runs in the top of the seventh and left the tying run on second base in a almost miraculous comeback in Chatt Town... The Tigers held on for a 9-8 win to salvage the series and avoid the sweep... it is amazing sometimes how hard those last three ours are to get... Southwest pounded out 15 hits in a 18-11 win yesterday over Motlow. Jared Kirkman, Hunter Hudson and Cole Rheinecker all had 3 hits for the Saluquis... There were 4 one run games on Saturday... Alex Ray singled in the game winner for Cleveland in a 3-2 win over Jackson and then Lucas Hively turned the tables with his rbi single in the 6th as Jackson won 3-2... Dyersburg ralled for 3 runs in the last two innings to beat Columbia 4-3 in game two on Saturday. Tyner Hughes tied it up in the sixth with a 2 rbi single and Evan Gilliam's third hit of the game won it for the Eagles... Motlow's Ross McKenry's two out rbi single in the bottom of the eighth gave the Bucks a 4-3 and series clincher over Southwest....

2/27 - TCCAA Week One Preview - Conference play opens this weekend, TBR talked to the coaches about their opening series -

Chattanooga vs Walters - Tiger HC Greg Dennis told TBR, "
We are opening up the conference season with a big series against Walters State.  They come in with the usual cast of stalwart players that have long pedigrees of success and plenty of impressive numbers already.  We, on the other hand, have a relatively new group that is still trying to figure things out and are struggling dealing with the rain and rainout games.  We haven’t played in over a week and so it should be very interesting how we come out this weekend.  We are very young on the mound and have had glimpses of success but also some real setbacks.  Walters will present may challenges for us and our hope is that our guys rise up and meet as many of these as possible." 
Senator HC Dave Shelton added, "Its hard to believe that Conference is here already, and that we are already 18 games into our season. We have struggled a bit here early on, but I expected that to some extent. The weather has given everyone in our state fits, and we are no different. While we have been able to travel and get all of our games in thus far, our lack of on the field practice time has really shown, specifically in our offense. I know very little about Chattanooga, other than they have a very talented club that is extremely difficult to beat, especially at their place. Playing there is not exactly where you would like to open up conference play, especially when you are already struggling a bit. But hopefully our guys can figure out how to compete this weekend."

Jackson vs Cleveland - First year baseball skipper Michael Winders told TBR, "the GreenJays are looking forward to playing Cleveland State this weekend in the opening weekend of the TCCAA.  We have been working hard to make adjustments at the plate in the early season and hope to see improvements this weekend.  We will are still trying to find depth and consistency on the mound and will need some guys to step up  and eat innings to give us a chance in conference play. Travis Reaves has been consistent for us at the plate and we will need him to continue to be a leader. Tyler Proctor has shown the ability to get outs for us and will need to set the tone for our pitching staff this weekend. We have played some really good teams to start the season and are excited to compete this weekend in the TCCAA." 
Veteran coach Mike Policastro went in depth in talking about his squad.
"We open the 2020 TCCAA conference schedule traveling to JacksonState. We come off a month of battling weather and injuries as well as playing very inconsistent. As we try to compete against a tough Jackson State team at home presents problems for us. Our weekend rotation will have Jonathan Hickman who won four games last year as the only returning starter. We will be starting  two freshmen in the series. We hope they can give us quality starts by competing in the strike zone, executing a pitching plan, as well as not give up the big inning with base on balls. Offensively and defensively  we thought would be a strength for us as we returned five starters from last years line-up, but we have struggled so far this season in getting the line-up going and being consistent one through nine with quality at bats. The line - up is going to need to produce for us to have a chance to remain competitive throughout the year. Defensively our infield has not been consistent making the routine play which puts our pitching staff  vulnerable situations.  We hope that we can be good enough to make the routine play this weekend to avoid big innings. If we are not able to play better than we have so far this season it will be a long bus ride back to Cleveland!"

Motlow vs Southwest - Motlow's Dan McShea was excited to get started with conference play. "We have had to replace our entire pitching staff and a majority of our team so this has been a learning experience for all to this point.  We have had a few bright spots throughout the young season and we have also had some big hiccups along the way.  Our opponent will be well-coached and eager to play so we must match their intensity all weekend.  Southwest has played and tough early schedule and has shown quality pitching matched with a solid defense that does not make a lot of errors.  For us to compete with them this weekend, we must also stay focused on the mound and play solid defense.  We cannot afford to give up the big inning.  This should be an exciting first week of TCCAA baseball here in Lynchburg."
 3rd year skipper, Erik Schoenrock has SW rising in talent and compete level. "We are at Motlow this weekend to open up TCCAA play. Going to Tullahoma is always a tough task, they really play well at home and we will need to be good in all phases of the game. Coach McShea does a great job with their program and they are off to another good start to this year. I like the way we have competed early this year, our starting pitching has been solid so far, and we have had a better offensive year so far than our numbers show so far. We are going to have to play to our strengths as we get conference play started in order to compete in this very competitive league."

Volunteer vs Roane - Pioneer HC Ryan Hunt is ready to roll into the 2020 conference season. "Our opening weekend in conference we Roane St coming in. Roane is always a tough series for us. They have some really good arms that will for sure be a challenge for us. Offensively they have some really good athletes. We will no doubt have to play very well to have a chance in this series."
Interim HC Cam Hamsley has guided his troops thru a tough pre conference schedule. Thrust into leadership when Zach Sterner accepted  job at TN Wesleyan in January. Hamsley told TBR, "Going into 1st Conference weekend I can say we know what we have. We have gotten 16 games in despite the crazy weather. Right now, we play really really well one day a weekend. We also start each weekend extremely slow. I expect that to stay the same until I see different. Going to be focused on being really good one day this weekend but continue to hammer expectations. At Roane State, These guys haven’t won a lot lately so we’re changing a program and still learning how to win consistently. We’ve played a solid schedule to start and I have faith in my guys to build on their experience from this past month."

Dyersburg vs Columbia - Eagle HC Robert White is glad to have that turf infield with all the rain we have had this spring. "Mike once again has an elite squad that will compete at the top of the conference.  The Chargers have a very talented pitching staff.  I know they are very athletic at all positions.  Mix all that with it being the opening weekend of conference……and I’d say we have our hands full this weekend!!!  I am not fooled by their record, they play a super tough schedule and are prepared for the next 9 weekends.  The Eagles are going to have to perform better than we have the past 4 weekends to win this series.  At this point, we are still searching for our weekend rotation and a few position players to pick up the pace.  For us to compete this weekend, we must throw a lot of strikes and handle the pressure Columbia creates.  Should be a good one!
Mike Corn, veteran Charger coach told TBR, "Everyone is certainly looking forward to the conference schedule opening up this weekend.  The Chargers are traveling west to the Forked Deer River to face a very challenging week 1 opponent in the high flying Eagles of Dyersburg.  Coach White and staff look to have another talented group of young men.  Both teams have played a strong early schedule so neither will be facing something they haven’t already seen.  One of the keys to victory will be which team will have the better two strike at-bats against some of the swing and miss arms being displayed by both squads.  The team that can get into the bullpen the soonest may have the upper hand.  The threat of cooler weather seems to have lessened as the week progressed so we should have a great weekend of baseball.  If nothing else, maybe we can get a good meal at the Grecian, quite possibly the best eatery on the TCCAA trail."

2/23 - TCCAA ROUNDUP: Walters split a DH today, beating Potomac 6-5 using a three run fifth to retake the lead as Seth Gardner's sac fly was the game winner... USC Sumter used a 6 spot in the 4th to beat the Senators 6-4... Volunteer lost to Jackson MI College 8-6 by giving up 5 runs in the top of the 7th... Dyersburg knocked of Wabash Valley 6-4 and Wallace - Dothan 8-5 on the way home from FL... Wallace - Dothan won a slugfest with Columbia 16-10 in Mariana, FL and Roane fell to Southeastern NC 12-5... Week One of TCCAA play begins on Friday - We will have previews for each conference matchup as usual - be on the look out Friday morning for those!

Govs fall to Bradley... Boze blasts help C-N win... Griffin gets #600 win C-N split... Woody Hunt gets #1600 last week... Big first inning propels ETSU... Milligan tops Shawnee State 8-5... Lee blasts Lewis U 13-4... FHU sweeps Owls in AMC opening series... Tennessee shuts down Stanford


2/22 - TCCAA Roundup: Roane falls 8-1 to Parkland... Cleveland swept St. Charles CC 10-0, 11-1... Reese Plemons was 2-2 w/ 4 rbi in game one and Andrew Carpenter went 2-3 with 3 rbi in game two...  Jackson split with McHenry, losing 18-0 in game one and taking the nightcap 9-6... Dyersburg and Columbia travelled to Flordia to play at Chipola this weekend. Dyersburg dropped a pair Friday, losing 7-5 to Chipola and 9-4 to Gordon State... Columbia fell 5-3 to Gordon State... Volunteer beat Jackson College as Thomas Bennett went 2-4 with 2 rbi...

2/17 - TCCAA ROUNDUP: Roane got a 11-0 win over Surry CC as Joe Bertram tossed 5 innings of 1 hit baseball and SS Nick Spardone had a double and 3rbi... Walters topped Florence-Darlington 6-3 as Caleb McNeely had a pair of hits and Seth Gardner drove in two runs... Chattanooga split a pair of games with Parkland, winning game two in 10 innings 6-5 (no stats available)... Columbia lost a pair as Lawson CC won 6-4 and 16-10... Volunteer lost a pair as well. Milwaukee Tech won 12-11 and 9-5. Tech pushed across 4 runs in the top of the 7th of game one to get the win... Wabash Valley knocked off Jackson 5-2... Dyersburg has jumped out to a 7-2 record to start 2020. So IF Chris Mondesi is batting .484 with 6 doubles and 11 rbi for the Eagles... Walters has played one of the toughest schedules so far and is 7-4 two weeks in to the season.  Parker Stinnett is hitting .400 with a double, home run and 10 rbi for the Senators... Conference play begins Feb. 28 as many TCCAA teams will entertain teams from northern states in the next few weeks...

2/15 - Lions split 2 in NOLA... Bryan beat William Carey 4-3 and Campbellsville 2-1... Eagles fall to No. 1 Tampa... LIpscomb wins slugfest on opening day... Florida Southern knocks off LMU... Trevecca gets win in 11 innings... Union falls in 10 innings... UT-Martin rallies to beat St. Louis U 8-4... Maryville falls 2-1 in opener... Lynx firing on all cylinders in 12-1 win... Watch Vandy game tonight here... (Just scroll down a couple inches and you'll see the video right smack dab in the middle of the web page.

2/14 - Happy Valentine's Day! Ironic, the girls won't see the guys for a while... it's baseball season!! We are officially in full swing now - D1 schools open today, HS practice officially started this week and the rest of the gang has been going strong for a couple of weeks - hang on for the ride, June will be here before we know it! Many, many game and score updates will be done on the Twitter feed as I can update immediately when things happen - so look >>> for updates on games, stories and scores from TN baseball... One game of note, tonight's Vandy vs Michigan game will be telecast on MLB Network at 6pm CST...

2/9 - FHU completes sweep... C-N off to 5-0 start... Cumberland swept in Shreveport... King rallies for win... Trevecca swept by Montevallo... Martin Methodist split with Midway, losing 3-1 and winning 9-4... Milligan gets shutout win... we will have more FHU baseball pix from Coriunth MS this weekend

2/8 - Cumberland drops pair on opening day... Lions walk off first win... Wesleyan off to good start... will have game pix from FHU season opener later this afternoon on our FACEBOOK PAGE...

2/5 - Final installments of our TCCAA Team Previews are posted - Jackson and Motlow are added...

1/31 - Opening Day for Bryan College (DH beginning at 1pm CST)  Most JuCo and NAIA schools will open in the next 7 days - so we will report on games played starting w/ Bryan today! Watch Twitter feed for updates and scores

1/30 - TCCAA Pre Season Coaches Poll

1. Walters State (9)
2. Dyersburg (28)
3. Columbia (36)
4. Chattanooga (39)
5. Cleveland (43)
6. Motlow (49)
7. Volunteer (60)
8. Southwest
9. Roane (78)
10. Jackson (88)

1/28 - TCCAA Previews added... Columbia, Cleveland and Dyersburg... will have the TCCAA PreSeason Poll out on Thursday... it's coming - check here over the weekend to see how our TN teams fare on opening weekend!!


1/22 -
TCCAA Previews added
... Roane and Walters

1/21 - Top Junior Players in TN added...
TCCAA Preview added!

1/16 - The first TCCAA 2020 Team Previews are online NOW!!
1/15 - TN Top Senior Baseball Players

1/11 - TBCA Clinic is next weekend, if you haven't registered... HURRY!!


11/7 - TBCA Coaching Clinic is January 17-19, 2020 at the Cool Springs Marriott in Franklin, Tennessee. Speakers include Jack Leggett, Tony Vitello, Jim Toman, Chris Ham, Billy Berry, John Jarnigan and Zack Sterner... 
Register for the clinic here...


7/3/19 - I have recieved new nomination forms from a few schools - Ravenwood, Bledsoe County, Peabody, Brentwood and Dresden - in the next few days I will add the info from these forms to the existing database! Thanks coaches!!! Finished the pitching statistical leaders tonight... IF you see you have a player who woud fit within the numbers in any stat send me his name and information - DO NOT SEND stats that I would add to the BOTTOM of the list - I already have several that I could add... I have also made a few updates to lists where I missed the stat, etc

6/26 -
Finished up the Offensive Stat Leaders today while waiting to go to CWS Game 2 tonight! Will finsh up the pitdching stats over the weekend!!

6/24 - Have not finished with Stat leaderboards yet - when CWS is over I will gt those done, I promise! On to the CWS - Game 1 of the finals is tonight - I am here in Omaha and will report on the atmosphere and layout and things you could do if you choose to come to a CWS in the future - the city is growing and there is consturction going on all around, new roads, etrc. Here are some links to some good info you may have/have not seen leading up to tonights game one. Pre Series Press Conference Transcript (for you readers out there)... Vandy beats Louisville to advance to finals...

6/22 - 2019 Ultimate 9 Team - Best nine statistical performances by position - provided your coach sent me a nomination!

6//19- 2019 TN Baseball Report All State Teams

6/18 - 2019 Tennessee Baseball Report All 2 Way Team


6/16 - Vandy uses strong outing by Drake Fellows and a monster day at the plate by Austin Martin to beat Louisville 3-1. The Dores only had 5 hits and missed a chance early on with first and third with no out situation in the bottom of the second inning. Fellows struck out 6 Cardinal hitters and got out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth, allowing the only Louisville run of the game. Julian Infante doubled with one out in the 7th to set up Martin's big fly and game winner. Tyler Brown picked up a 5 out save keep Vandy in the winner's bracket of the CWS. Game 2 vs winner of Mississippi State vs Auburn game at 6:30 this evening - Lexington HS alum, Ethan Small will be on the mound tonight for the Bulldogs.

A day early - SUPER FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE TEAM... FINAL HS POLLS

6/15 - TN BASEBALL REPORT ALL REGION TEAMS
... AM /WORKING ON STAT LEADERS AND FINALIZING HS POLLS THIS WEEKEND - NEXT WEEK WE WILL POST SUPER FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORE TEAMS ON MONDAY... ALL 2 WAY TEAM ON WEDNESDAY AND ALL STATE TEAMS ON FRIDAY - THE ULTIMATE 9 TEAM WILL BE POSTED ON SATURDAY
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MLB Draft History Part 1: The 60's


The MLB Draft started in 1965. Twenty teams drafted players and there were 10 rounds of the draft. Of the first 5 years of the draft, this draft had the most players reach the major leagues and play at least part of one year. 68 of 200 draftee's made the big leagues at some point of their career. 13 of the first round picks played in the show.  In '66, 51 of 200 players made it. In '67 only 43 players made the MLB, while in '68 the number bounced back up to a second overall with 57 players eventually playing major league baseball. The fifth year of the draft, 1969, saw 51 players make the MLB. Below is a breakdown by round of the players who played big league ball at some point in their career for at least part of a year.  These are statistics from the June Regular draft. In the beginning of the draft MLB had 4 drafts - January Regular, January Secondary, June Regular and June Secondary. The numbers reflect the players who signed when drafted. The player is credited in the year in which they signed to play - if they were drafted more than once, which some were - we didn't count the player twice. Also, the draft actually went more than 50 rounds, but I cut my research off at 50.  After the first round, the chances of becoming a MLB player fall off significantly... as I reveal the 70's, 80's, and 90's you will see the overwhelming evidence of this...

Year/Round 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 60's Total % MLB by Rd
  # of Players who made the MLB for at least a cup of coffee/Total # Drafted  
1 10 11 12 9 16 65/104 62.5 - 1:1.6
2 6 5 7 7 8 37/104 35.5 - 1:2.8
3 4 2 4 5 10 33/104 31.7
4 7 3 4 3 5 30/108 27.7
5 4 6 5 5 5 30/108 27.7
6 5 2 2 2 7 23/108 21.3
7 3 2 0 7 3 17/108 15.7 - 1:6.4
8 1 2 0 3 4 14/108 13.0 - 1:7.7
9 2 2 1 3 1* 14/108 13.0
10 4 1 1 4 2 17/108 15.7
1-10 total 46/200 36/200 36/200 48/228 51/238 280/1068 1:3.8
1-10 % 23% 18% 18% 21.1% 21.4% 26.2%  
11 2 2 3 5 1 13  
12 1** 2 0 1 2 6  
13 0 1 1 0 0 2  
14 0 1 0 3 1 5  
15 3 1 2 0 1 7  
16 2 2 0 2 3 9  
17 1 2 0 0 1 4  
18 3 3 0 3 1 10  
19 0 0 0 1 2 3  
20 3 2 3 0 2 10  
11-20 Total 15/200 16/199 9/200 15/237 14/240 69/1076 1:15.6
11-20 % 7.5% 8% 4.5% 6.3% 5.8% 6.4%  
21 3 0 0 1 2 6  
22 2 1 0 2 1 6  
23 0 0 0 1 0 1  
24 1 0 1 0 1 3  
25 1 1 0 1 1 4  
26 0 0 1 2^ 0 3  
27 1 1 0 0 1*** 3  
28 1 0 1 0 0 2  
29 0 0 1 0 1 2  
30 1 0 0 0 0 1  
21-30 Total 10/176 3/191 3/183 7/220 7/234 31/1004 1:32.4
21-30 % 5.7% 1.6% 1.6% 3.2% 3.0% 3.1%  
31-40 5/129 3.9% 8/142 4% 5/160^^ 3.1% 4/144 2.8% 6/175 3.4% 28/750 3.7% 1:26.8
41-50 4/64 6.3% 2/66 3% 4/124 3.2% 0/60 0% 3/87 3.4% 13/407 3.2% 1:31.3
Totals 80/739 80/808 57/867 74/889 81/974 421/4305  
Overall % 10.8% 9.9% 6.7% 8.3% 8.3% 9.8%  
Notable draft picks from 60's

*- Bucky Dent **-Nolan Ryan ***-Ken Griffey ^- Bob Forsch ^^ Mike Marshall 37th round












In 1965 TN had 14 players drafted that were either from TN or played at a TN school. Of these, only one, Clyde Wright made the big leagues. Wright, who played at Carson-Newman College, was drafted in the 6th round, 107th overall. Wright pitched in 9 seasons of MLB, mainly for the California Angels.
TN only had 5 draftee's in 1966, none of which ever played MLB.
In '67, 18 players were drafted from TN schools. Two players, 2nd round pick David Sells of Sullivan South HS. Sells played parts of 5 seasons with California and the LA Dodgers. That same year, Sam Ewing of Overton HS was picked in the 45th round. Ewing played parts of 4 seasons with the Chicago White Sox and Toronto. Ewing was the lowest TN pick in the 60's to ever make the big leagues. Ewing left for pro ball in '71 when he was drafted in the January Secondary.
1968 saw three TN draft picks find big league diamonds. Wayne Garland (Cohn HS/5th round), Ross Grimsley (Frayser HS/8th) and Mike Willis (Hillsboro HS/25th round). TN also had a June Secondary draftee, Ed Goodson of ETSU, drafted as the third pick of the draft who played big league ball. Garland and Grimsley did not sign in '68. Both were drafted again in 1969 and signed.
In '69, other than Garland and Grimsley, TN had 19 players drafted total. None of these guys ever played an inning. Among the drafted was future Motlow State skipper, Don Rhoton.  The lowest ever draft pick to play in the big leagues from the 60's was drafted in 1969 - 75th round/1026 overall - Al Cowens... Cowens played 13 seasons with KC Royals, Detroit, California and Seattle. Interestingly enough, Nashville native, Butch Stinson was drafted from Cohn HS in the 75th round but did not sign.

 

   MLB Draft Part II: The 70's

Year/Round 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 70's Total % MLB by Rd
# of Players who made it to the MLB for at least a cup of coffee / # Drafted total
1 10 15 14 15 17 12 14 14 14 15 140/246 56.9
2 8 10 9 7 13 8 9* 11 11 11 95/246 38.6
3 5 9 8 13 7 9 8 8 11 13 91/246 37.0
4 4 4 7 1 7 6^ 7 9 10 8 63/246 25.6
5 6 7 5 8 6 8 8# 10 7 7 72/246 29.3
6 6 3 7 5 4& 7 6 6 8 5 57/246 23.2
7 4 9 3 3 9 3 7 6 5 7 56/246 22.8
8 6** 3 4 7 5 2 5 4 5 2 43/246 17.5
9 4 3 5 3 3 6 5 5 3 5 42/246 17.1
10 5 3 5 3 6 5 1 4 3 6 41/246 16.7
1-10 total 58/240 66/240 54/240 65/240 77/240 66/240 72/240 77/135/260 77/260 86/260 698/2460  
1-10 % 24.2% 27.5% 22.5% 27.1% 32.1% 27.5% 30.0% 29.6% 29.6% 33.1% 28.4%  
11 4 4 4 1 1 3 5 5 8 5 40/246 16.3
sophomore RB Christian Biggers (967 yards, 10 TDs12 2 4 5 2 5 4 7 3 3 4 39/246 15.8
13 2 3 3 4 2 1 3 2 1 4 25/246 10.2
14 4 2 4 1 4 4 3 5 6 1 19/246 7.7
15 3 1 4 2 3 2! 3 4 4 3 29/246 11.8
16 0 0 4 1 3 4 4 1 6 5 28/246 11.4
17 2 2 4 2 0 2 4@ 5 4^^^ 4 29/246 11.8
18 4 0 2 4 4 2 3 4 4 1 28/246 11.4
19 2 3 2 1 4 4 1 3 3 1 24/246 9.8
20 2 0 3 0 1 2 1 4 2 4 19/246 7.7
11-20 Total 25/240 19/240 33/240 18/240 27/240 28/240 34/240 36/260 41/260 32/260 293/2460 0
11-20 % 10.4% 7.9% 13.8% 7.5% 11.3% 11.7% 14.2% 13.8% 15.7% 12.3% 11.9% 0
21 2 1 2 4 0 4 3 1 4 0 21/246 8.5
22 2 1 3 1 2 5 2 5 1 1 23/246 9.3
23 2 4 1 2 1 4 2 4 2 4 26/246 10.6
24 1 0 4 0 1 0 2 2 4 1 15/246 6.1
25 2 1 1 1 2 1 0 2 1 3 14/246 5.7
26 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 2 1 3 14/246 5.7
27 2 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 3 3 15/246 6.1
28 1 0 2 2 2 0 2 1 0 0 10/246 4.1
29 2 1 0 0 1 2 1 1 3 4 15/246 6.1
30 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 10/246 4.1
21-30 Total 16/240 11/240 17/240 13/240 12/240 18/240 15/240 19/260 21/260 25/260 167/2460 0
21-30 % 6.7% 4.6% 7.1% 5.4% 5.0% 7.7% 6.3% 7.3% 8.1% 9.6% 6.9% 3.1%
31-40 4/135 2.9% 7/101 6.9% 4/98 4.1% 3/61 4.9% 5/70 7.1% 3/30 10% 5/53 9.4% 3/63 4.8% 3/69 4.3% 8/107 7.5% 45/787 5.7
41-50 0/53 0% 1/23 4.3% 0/19 0% 2/25 8% 0/2 0% 0/0 0/0 0/2 0% 1/15 7% 1/11 9.1% 5/150 3.3
Totals 103/908 104/844 108/837 101/806 121/792 115/750 126/773 135/845 143/864 152/898 1208/8317  
Overall % 11.3 % 12.3% 12.9% 12.5% 15.3% 15.3% 16.3% 16% 16.6% 16.9% 14.5  
TN MLB/Drafted 2/13 5/22 1/21 0/22 4/19 3/23 2/20 3/16 2/13 2/17 24/186 12.9
Top TN Pick by Year
1970 - Eddie Sherlin/Gallatin HS  4th Rd/#85
1971 - Larry Herndon/Douglas HS (Memphis) 3rd Rd/#54 (MLB)
1972 - Bobby Goodman/Bishop Byrne HS (Memphis) 1st Rd/#5
1973 - Butch Stinson/Lipscomb U 7th Rd/#143
1974 - Ted Shipley/Vanderbilt U 1st Rd/#14
1975 - Bo McLaughlin/Lipscomb U 1st Rd/#14 (MLB)
1976 - Dom Chiti/Raliegh Egypt HS (Memphis) 2nd Rd/#27
1977 - Scott Sanderson/Vanderbilt U 3rd Rd/#54
1978 - Michael Taylor/Columbia State CC 3rd Rd/#62
1979 - Atlee Hammaker/ETSU 1st Rd/#21  (MLB)
 
Other Notable Draftee's
Charlie Lea drafted 4 times - 1975 June Reg 15/342, 1976 June Sec 2/37, 1977 Jan Sec 4/61, 1978 June Reg 3/62*
* - 1976 2nd Round: #27 Dom Chiti RHP Raliegh Egypt HS  (Memphis, TN)
^-1975 4th Round: #93 Mike Wright SS Father Ryan HS  (Nashville, TN)
#- 1976 5th Round: # 118 Mike Smithson RHP UT(Hickman Co. HS)
&- 1974 6th Round: #131 Eddie (Ed) Whitson RHP Unicoi Co. HS  (Erwin, TN)
**- 1970 8th Round: # 171 Phil Garner IF  UT (Bearden HS) (Knoxville, TN)
!- 1975 15th Round: #342 Charlie Lea LHP  Kingsbury HS (Memphis, TN)
@- 1976 17th Round: #405 Rick Honeycutt UT (Chattanooga, TN)
^^^- 1978 17th Round: #431 Mark Smith David Lipscomb HS (Nashville, TN)
 
 
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