Windsor @ Cardinal Newman, 3/30/10

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Snuck in about 4 innings of the Windsor HS @ Cardinal Newman HS game in Santa Rosa before I decided to get me and my son home for dinner... that and the rain was coming quickly, so it seemed like a good time to exit, stage left.  Cardinal Newman was ahead 3-0 at the time, behind the pitching of junior RHP Jason Alexander and hitting of senior OF Steven Stout (video at end of article).  (UPDATE: CNHS won this game 13-12 after 22 runs were scored in the last 3 innings.)

I went to this game for my first look at Alexander, the youngest brother of three talented Alexander pitchers, as well as a look at senior Windsor SS Miles Williams.  Williams was on my fall follow list before the Braves decided to get me started on my blogging career.

Alexander is an interesting young pitching prospect.  His oldest brother, RHP Stuart Alexander, was drafted in 2003 by the Marlins out of Windsor HS and was just released this spring.  His brother Scott is a junior LHP in his first season at Sonoma State, after transferring from Pepperdine University.  Scott is a very talented prospect and is going to be drafted in June but to this point, for all of his talent (and he can dial up his fastball to 94 mph), he has had a very poor season for SSU.  Stuart (6'4" 225) and Scott (6'3" 210) are both much bigger than Jason (6'1" 175 and he doesn't quite look that big).  I expect Jason to fill out in the next year or so because he does have a nice frame, with lanky arms and legs, quite the projectable body type. no comments

Petaluma @ Casa Grande, 3/26/10

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Last Friday I took in a bit of a crosstown rivalry here in Petaluma, Petaluma HS @ Casa Grande HS.  Petaluma is a moderately sized city, with around 50,000 people but for that amount there is a pretty strong representation of the town not only at the D1 level but also a smattering of pros.  The only current Petaluman in the big leagues is Reds OF Jonny Gomes, a Casa Grande grad.  His brother Joey Gomes was an All-American at Santa Clara in 2002 and played professionally but didn't make the big leagues.  He has been playing Independent League baseball the last three seasons.

Another former Casa Grande grad, Louis Ott, played for the Marlins organization in 2009 after bouncing around the Tigers organization for a few years after being drafted out of Sacramento City College.  Current Cal Poly OF D.J. Gentile is also a Casa Grande grad and was drafted last year, though he decided to return to Cal Poly this year in hopes of bettering his draft status (he was a red-shirt sophomore last year).  Current Cal C Chadd Krist is a Petaluma HS grad and is having an OUTSTANDING sophomore year.  He has put himself squarely on the map and is going to get a shot to play pro ball after his junior year.  There really is nothing he doesn't do well as a college catcher. no comments

Las Lomas @ Clayton Valley 3/23

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Got out to an exciting game at Clayton Valley HS yesterday, as CVHS beat a stubborn Las Lomas HS team 5-4 in the bottom of the 7th on the strength of 2-out hits from senior SS Cody Stephens (3-4, RBI, R, SB) and junior INF Chaz Meadows.  Junior 1B Jeff Doran led off the bottom of 7 by driving a ball up the middle, then was pinch-run for by senior INF/OF John Bekakis, who was not in the line-up due to an injured wrist sustained while bench pressing during the week.  Bekakis stole second and scored the tying run on the hit by Stephens, a line-drive into short right field.  Stephens turned a single into a hustle double that proved to be a huge play when Meadows blooped a single into shallow right, driving in the winning run. There is a video of three of Stephens' at-bats at the end of the article.

Clayton Valley was lucky to have only been down by a run heading into the 7th.  Early in the game they dodged two mental errors made by the catcher that could have cost them two runs.  Clayton is not the strongest hitting team (in terms of power) and they are going to have to continue to play strong defense and get good pitching to win low-scoring, one-run type games, as they have in their last two.  no comments

Sac City @ Santa Rosa JC 3/18/10

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Wish I could say there was a lot to report on at the Sac City/SRJC game the other day, but there wasn't, not from a pro perspective anyway.  I did get to see SRJC RHP Scott Morrow and he threw the ball pretty well, in the 84-86 mph range, with a 73-75 mph CB that grades out as a fair and future near average pitch, along with a nice change-up I had not seen from him before.  Morrow has gained about 6-7 mph since his junior year in high school and is developing into a solid D1 pitching prospect.  He has those three quality offerings and a nice arm action and build to suggest some velo up to 87-88 is certainly possible.  Most impressive about him is that he has gained much more feel for the zone since last summer and fall. no comments

Serra @ S.I. 3/16/10

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After finishing some long running home remodeling projects and allowing the weather to vastly improve, I was out at my first high school game this past Tuesday.  Serra was at St. Ignatius in the WCAL opener for both teams, at Marchbank Park in Daly City.  It was a very windy, blustery day and that little ballpark made for a high scoring game.  Serra won 24-10 (yes, that is not a football score) after trailing 5-0 after one inning.  Serra had 27 hits and S.I. had 13 knocks. 

Suffice to say, the pitching was not too impressive, at least in terms of results.  Serra starting pitcher was junior LHP Barry Timko and even though he gave up that 5 spot in the first, he was the most interesting pitcher to me.  He is 6'1" 185 lbs, with a quick arm and good arm action.  When his delivery was on time his fastball had good angle and some late life.  I didn't put a gun on him but the eyeballs told me he was 82-85.  College programs should put him on their radar and see him this summer.  The secondary stuff is not quite there yet and he is a work in progress but in all likelihood he will come on quickly as Serra has a depleted pitching staff at this point. no comments

Going to see Sac City @ SRJC

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Sac City is at SRJC at 2:30 today.  SRJC had a new surface put in for this season so I am looking forward to checking out the improvements to the facility.  Last year SRJC had to play all their home games at Doyle Park, a public facility in Santa Rosa that is not without charm but does not have standard dimensions for junior college ball. 

Scott Morrow, younger brother of Toronto Blue Jays RHP Brandon Morrow (Cal & Rancho Cotate HS), will be pitching at some point today.  He has been a work in progress over the years but could be coming into his own.  I saw him last fall and the arm strength was improving and he showed the ability to spin a breaking ball.  SRJC pitching coach Thad Johnson is quite good and has some history in assisting with the development of some very good pitchers, including Atlanta Braves phenom Tommy Hanson when they were both at Riverside CC.

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