Bits and Pieces
Auburn signed another player during the "Late Signing Period". This time P/OF Drew Madrigal who comes from Mt. San Jacinto JUCO. At, MSJ, Madrigal was his conference MVP where he went 9-4, was named Conference MVP, and went over 106 innings with 138 Strikeouts. He also pitched a complete game shutout where he K'd 15. He's also pretty good with the lumber; finishing the regular season hitting .409 with a team high six home runs and 46 RBIs. Madrigal originally signed with Cal-State Northridge before enrolling at MSJ. The Matador's were pretty excited about him coming out of High School:
Drew Madrigal, RHP (Paloma Valley HS/Menifee, Calif.)
Madrigal is a top recruit as a right-handed pitcher, with prototypical arm action and plus movement on all of his pitches. Madrigal possesses tremendous upside, and as a senior has gone 8-2 with a 1.62 ERA in 47.2 innings. He also struck out 48 batters against just 23 walks, and played infield. Madrigal represents one of the best upsides of the incoming class and will push for innings as a freshman. A two-sport athlete in high school, Madrigal also was a standout forward on his high school basketball team.
There is a little debate about whether he could go pro if drafted high enough. So, we'll have to wait and see.
If he comes to Auburn, he will be one of 6 (SIX!) pitchers that Auburn has already signed. Including some other JUCO guys.
A couple of Tigers picked up some postseason awards.
Joseph Sanders- ALL SEC SECOND TEAM
Ben Jones - SEC SCHOLAR ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Trent Mummey - ALL DEFENSIVE TEAM
Kris West - COMMUNITY SERVICE TEAM
West, one of the few seniors on the team, didn't see the field that much. However, his contributions off the field should be noted:
West, from Huntsville, is a volunteer firefighter/EMT for Monrovia Fire/Rescue and he participated in Fire Prevention Week at several elementary schools in the Huntsville area. A guest speaker at the Cal Ripken, Jr., National Tournament Banquet, he also volunteered for the Dean Road Elementary after-school program and participated in writing letters and delivering them to a second grade class at Moore's Mill Elementary. The baseball team's SAAC representative, he delivered Christmas presents with the coaches and visited the Auburn Little League parks to talk with young players. He also handed out candy to kids visiting Plainsman Park during the week of Halloween and participated in a pair of charity Fun Runs.
Good Job all around guys.
STILL WAITING, STILL WISHING
Conference tournaments will start up soon, Most of the College Baseball Sites don't put up Regional Projections until later in the week, so we'll have to see how that shakes out.
One thing that is beginning to puzzle me is the love for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys and Tigers are pretty much the same team, just in different conferences.
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Yet, OK State is getting some late season love:
With other bubble teams falling apart the past couple weeks, it wouldn’t surprise me if Oklahoma State ends up in the field of 64. Remember, just because you don’t deserve to be in the field doesn’t mean you can’t be.
The Cowboys ended the regular season with a dismal conference record, but their resume has some pluses. For instance, the Cowboys have an RPI of 25 and a 32-22 record. They also have a 22-19 record against top-100 teams.
Oklahoma State’s resume, as it pertains to the RPI, certainly points to an NCAA regional bid. But will a 9-16 conference record doom OSU?
AND OTHER THINGS:
-The Saga of "The Happy Youngster"
Basically, Cop (or Rent-A-Cop/ that debate rages), spends his free time going to baseball games and "ballhawking" (i.e. catching, foul/fair/ Home Run/toss up/bullpen/batting practice baseballs). He's ran afoul of some Brewer and Marlins fans because of numerous instances of holding balls "for ransom". Apparently this is nothing new. He catches a ball, team wants said ball back. "Happy Youngster" says possibly, but wants something in return (in the latest case 2 signed bats, one from a player who had nothing to do with the Home Run in question). Still. Fascinating Stuff.
-George Brett is unhappy
-Joe Paterno? Still Wise, Now Feisty
-Keith Olberman. Vin Scully. Head Asplode.
And we leave you with this: