Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Quick Hitters (April 13)

  • College Baseball 360 has some interesting numbers from this past weekend:
    • 1998…The last time Auburn had won a home series vs. LSU prior to the weekend’s wins. LSU had swept the last two series between the two teams and had won eight of the previous 11 series since 1999.

      0…Outs recorded by Auburn starting pitcher Cole Nelson, who surrendered six earned runs on seven hits in Friday’s 14-10 loss to open the series.

      0…Hits by Auburn catcher Tony Caldwell, who still had 3 RBIs in Saturday’s 11-7 Auburn win. Caldwell was 0-for-1, but drove-in his runs with a bases loaded walk and two sac flies. He also had a sacrifice bunt on the day.

      7…RBIs in the series by Auburn’s Trent Mummey, who made his first three starts of the year after injuring his ankle prior to the start of the season. Mummey hit two home runs, including his second career grand slam.

  • The Squeeze Play, in full video...and the joy of watching Plainsman Park erupt. A couple of quick notes on this video, because it confirms what I thought, I've seen people call the squeeze play both a "suicide" and a "safety" squeeze. Technically, what Auburn ran was a "safety squeeze" because you can see McElroy hesitate just a bit and then go on contact. On a "suicide squeeze" the runner goes on a pitcher's motion (essentially like he's stealing home).

  • LSU Coach Paul Mainieri, sucking on some sour grapes:
    • “That guy (Fradejas) has been bunting all weekend,” Mainieri said. “If that’s what they felt was the best play, then that’s their prerogative to run a play like that.”
      • AUPPL: Why yes, it was the best play at the time, Coach. In fact, you even knew it was coming because you played 7 infielders. That, to me, shows that Mainieri had conceded the win the Auburn, because it opens up more possibilities for AU to win (the squeeze, a bloop single, a fly out, hell anything in the air and fair would have won the game.
  • News and scouting reports about incoming Auburn baseball commits is usually sparse. However, we've got this nugget about incoming OF Jay Gonzalez
    • Strengths: The Auburn commit has top-flight speed and the ability to track down almost any ball. He has a pretty good arm, too.
      Highlight reel: Gonzalez powered a 2-1 win over Stuart Martin County, throwing out the potential tying run at home plate with two outs in the last inning.

  • Former Tiger Catcher Dustin Spruill has signed with the York (PA) Revolution, an independent minor league team.

  • Neat little story about Bo Jackon's Minor League debut with the Memphis Chicks over at Mental Floss.

  • Auburn picked up a commitment from Atlanta area outfielder Max Williams.

  • Baseball America put out its latest projections; slotting Auburn as a 2 seed in the Atlanta Regional with Georgia Tech, Stanford, and Jacksonville State.

  • Andy Katz thinks Auburn basketball needs a good home schedule to keep the Barbee Buzz going.

  • Former Tiger Mike Biannuci is at least one blogger's favorite prospect in the Ranger organization.

  • And Finally, former Tier Pitcher Levale Speigner (above) is trying to restart his career at AAA Tacoma (Mariners farm team). You have to hand it to him, Levale has bounced around from the Nats, to AA for the Marlins, worked back up to AAA for the Marlins then found a new home with the Mariners.

1 comments:

Nancy April 14, 2010 at 5:59 PM  

Now that Auburn is ranked I hope the team takes the mid-week games more seriously. Seems they have treated them like a scrimmage and lost to some teams that will come back to haunt them when RPI calcs are finally done. Ted'64

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