Christmas Break Baseball Camp

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Bay Area Baseball Camps offers several FUNdamental baseball skills camps throughout the year. The youth camps are specifically designed to teach younger players the fundamental skills of the game of baseball and ranges from grades 1 thru 8.



Christmas Break Baseball Camp


www.BayAreaBaseballCamps.com

Tue, Dec 27 ~ Thur, Dec 29 9am ~ 12pm College Park High School ~ Pleasant Hill Ages: 6 ~ 13

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Bay Area Baseball Camps offers several FUNdamental baseball skills camps throughout the year. We welcome students of all skill levels. Our high coach-to-camper ratio guarantees the individual attention required by the beginner and potential All-American. Campers will be grouped by age, size and ability to assure maximum competition and enjoyment. We put a big emphasis on the FUNdamentals of baseball. We want our campers to get a great balance of sound instruction and have a lot of FUN in the process.

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Santa Clara class not yet known

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The only recruiting class I don't have knowledge of yet is Santa Clara's.  The new coaching staff has told me that they will release their class after the 1st of the New Year.  Presumably they will also post the entire team roster at that time.  If you have been to the Santa Clara baseball website you will notice that the roster is blank, with only the coaching staff and baseball administrative staff listed.

My guess would be that as a new staff the Broncos coaches have been evaluating their team all fall and certainly there are going to be some kids you transfer, either because they aren't going to be in the future plans or they might not want to play for the new staff, etc.  I kind of like the idea of not posting a roster, in this case, until after the fall/winter is over.  I think it could keep incumbent players motivated and allow no one to take their spot for granted.  It probably means all the players were told by the new staff that they are all starting at the same place, all with equal opportunities to earn their spot... seniors, freshmen, walk-ons and scholarship players. 

There are a couple of players in their fall class I am aware of, including Miramonte HS catcher Paddy O'Brien, a very physical hitter with a strong arm.  The other player I am aware of is RHP Reece Karalus of North Bend, WA.  He is a 6'3" 230 lb pitcher and that is all I know about him. 

So we wait to see what the 2012 Santa Clara Broncos roster will look like for a bit longer.  No matter how it looks, hopefully they pitch better than in recent years because once again, with the returners they have (assuming the players I am thinking of come back) I think they will score runs again.  I am thinking of players like Pat Stover, Lucas Herbst, Andrew Biancardi, and Kyle DeMerritt.

Pacific early signing period class

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Pacific signed six players in the early signing period and I think that even though it is a small class, one of the players has a chance to be a cornerstone type of player.  Here is the list of players...

OF/RHP Gio Brusa, St. Mary's HS (Stockton)

SS/C Brett Sullivan, Lincoln HS (Stockton)

SS Drake Atlee, Foothill HS (started at Pleasant Grove HS) - BAWS 2010

2B Louis Mejia, Jesuit HS

P/3B Jake Jenkins, Legend HS (CO)

RHP Kevin Hammann, Chandler-Gilbert CC (AZ)

What I really like about the class is that Brusa and Sullivan are two of the top players from Stockton.  Stockton is a good baseball city and when a college program can get some of the best hometown kids, it is GREAT for a program.  As those kids and the team have success, future players will look at Pacific in a different way.  Brusa has a chance to be an impact player for three years.  The problem with him could be that he will be considered a prospect for the draft and keeping him could be tough if he has a great spring. 

I have heard of Sullivan but don't know much about him.  Atlee I saw at BAWS a couple of years ago and he is a lean, athletic kid who I think has good things ahead of him. 

Pacific has been fine in terms of scoring runs and they will be fine offensively year in and year out.  The ballpark is great for hitting, especially when the weather warms up and Coach Sprague and his staff do a good job of developing hitters.  The Tigers HAVE to get better at either developing pitching or identifying/recruiting/signing pitchers if they are going to consistently compete in the Big West, against traditionally strong pitching programs Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, UC Irvine, and Cal Poly.  In the near future UC Santa Barbara will join those programs as a strong pitching program, under the direction of new head coach Andrew Checketts, one of the best pitching coaches in the nation.

 

Fresno State early signing period class

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I thought I had posted the Fresno State class but looking at my listing of them, I failed to.  Their class was posted on the Fresno State baseball website on November 9th, so here it is again with any notes about players I have familiarity with.

Blake Quinn, RHP, Bullard High School (Fresno, Calif.)
Height: 6'4, 205 (R/R)

Preston Scott, SS, Hanford High School (Hanford, Calif.)
Height: 6'2, 185 (R/R)

Brody Russell, INF, Centennial High School (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Height: 6' 1, 180 (R/R)

Kevin Viers, INF, Esperanza High School (Anaheim, Calif.)
Height: 6'1, 185 (L/R)

Taylor Ward, Catcher, Shadow Hills High School (Indio, Calif.)
Height: 6' 2, 185 (R/R)

Connor Chase, LHP, Valencia High School (Valencia, Calif.)
Height: 6'4, 205 (L/L)

Louie Payetta, INF, Huntington Beach High School (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Height: 5'11, 170 (L/R)

Luke Wiechec, RHP/1B, Los Altos High School (Los Altos, Calif.)
Height: 6'4, 210 (L/R)

In this class, which seems pretty well-rounded, I am most familiar with Wiechec, as he played in BAWS in both 2010 and 2011.  Wiechec has been viewed as a pitcher for most of his high school career but he started to change my view of him a bit at BAWS 2011 when I saw a really loose, live and powerful lefthanded stroke.  Combine that with his very projectable frame and I started to see him as a two-way guy, because frankly, there isn't a lot of legitimate lefthanded power to be found at the high school level.  On the mound he gets into the upper-80s and in time he will be in the low-90s. 

As for the other players, I really liked what I saw of Scott at the Area Code tryout and in the Area Code Games.  He is a physical hitting middle infielder and though I am not entirely sold that he will play SS in college, I do think he is going to be a force in the line-up and sooner rather than later.

Russell was on that same team and though he is listed as an infielder by Fresno State, he played in the outfield for the A's team.  I like his arm and I think he has a chance to be ok at the plate, with some power.  He looks the part and in time should be a nice contributing member of the team.

I don't know anything about the Southern California kid, other than Viers is from a high school that more often than not produces exceptional players who have excellent baseball IQ and on the field make-up.  Esperanza HS is, in my opinion, one of the best high school baseball programs in California and for that matter, in the nation. 

Nevada early signing period class

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Rounding up the last few early signing period classes of the regional D1 programs, today is the posting of the Nevada Wolfpack.  I include Nevada in this region because Northern Nevada is part of this territory for MLB scouts and there are quite a few players who go there from Northern CA.

Now, I don't know a bunch or even much about the Wolfpack class because like other programs that aren't high profile and don't generally recruit the "namebrand" players (because it proves to be a waste of time), I just haven't seem most of these players even though all except one are from California, five of them from Northern CA.

Name
Pos.
Height
Weight Hometown (Last school)
Lance Berringer OF 6-4 195 El Dorado Hills, Calif. (Oak Ridge HS)
Beau Cullen RHP/3B 6-3 200 Reno, Nev. (Galena HS)
Michael Fain RHP 6-5 195 Clovis, Calif. (Clovis HS)
Jeffrey Hardy RHP/1B 6-5 200 Sunnyvale, Calif. (Homestead HS)
Scott Kaplan 2B 5-10 175 Dana Hills, Calif. (Irvine Valley College)
Shaun Mize IF 5-10 170 Roseville, Calif. (Woodcreek HS)
Collin Theroux C 6-2 200 San Mateo, Calif. (Serra HS)

The only player I know on this list is Collin Theroux.  He attended BAWS Futures in October of 2010 and I thought he was one of the top two players there, quickly identifying him as a major D1 prospect.  I also have gotten to know Collin a bit in the last year as he was on the team I coached in North Carolina at the NTIS tourney.  He is a really hard-working kid, he is respectful and has a great personality.  His teammaters like him, his coaches like him, he gives all he has in games and seems as though he really wants to work to be the special player I think he can be. 

Here was my report on Theroux from Futures 2010, followed by my report from BAWS 2011...

BAWS Futures 2010

6'2" 194 R/R * 60 yard – 7.65 * Best pop-time - 2.01

Showed plus arm & accuracy during workout, workout pops translated well to game throws, shifted & blocked well, strong hitter w/chance to be physical presence, plus bat speed & legitimate power potential.

BAWS 2011

R/R / 6'2" 195

60 yard: 7.59

Theroux is one of the more talented and projectionable catchers in the 2012 class in Northern California.  Yes, there are some things he needs to work on and get better at, but I love what he starts with.  Theroux plays hard and likes to play.  Effort or desire are not issues for him.  He is a good athlete too, with the type of frame that is going to fill out and be powerfully athletic.  His size is perfect for catching but I don't see him getting too stiff or too big to be agile and athletic behind the plate.  His arm doesn't always show up as good as it really is and that is because his footwork and how he comes out of the crouch need to improve.  You get a much better glimpse of his arm on snap throws to 1st base as opposed to when he stands straight up and overstrides on throws to 2nd base.  Offensively he has some raw power and projects to have near average raw power on the pro scale.  He can use the whole field and should be a contributing member of a good college line-up and someday in pro ball too.  He is a catcher who has a chance to be above average on defense and no worse than average on offense.  In all reality, I thought he should have been on the Area Code team and I didn't think it was hard to see that.


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