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Our top incoming (or not) freshman for next year, Harry Ford from North Cobb, went #12 overall to the Mariners last night, so we can pretty much cross him off the list.

Other notables from the ACC, GHSA, and teams we played:
1. Henry Davis, C, Louisville to Pirates
2. Jack Leiter, RHP, Vandy to Rangers
10. Kumar Rocker, RHP, Vandy (and N. Oconee HS) to Mets
11. Brady House, SS, Winder Barrow HS to Nats
12. Harry Ford, C, North Cobb to Mariners
15. Sal Frelick, CF, Boston College to Brewers
24. Ryan Cusick, RHP, Wake Forest to Braves
35. Matheu Nelson, C, FSU to Reds
 

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Our top incoming (or not) freshman for next year, Harry Ford from North Cobb, went #12 overall to the Mariners last night, so we can pretty much cross him off the list.

Other notables from the ACC, GHSA, and teams we played:
1. Henry Davis, C, Louisville to Pirates
2. Jack Leiter, RHP, Vandy to Rangers
10. Kumar Rocker, RHP, Vandy (and N. Oconee HS) to Mets
11. Brady House, SS, Winder Barrow HS to Nats
12. Harry Ford, C, North Cobb to Mariners
15. Sal Frelick, CF, Boston College to Brewers
24. Ryan Cusick, RHP, Wake Forest to Braves
35. Matheu Nelson, C, FSU to Reds
Hope the M’s try to lowball him.
 

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I thought Seattle gave the Mariners stadium to the CHAZ leftovers. Do they still play baseball there?
 

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Hope the M’s try to lowball him.
Not gonna hold my breath. M's also stole a top recruit from us in 2016 when they drafted Taylor Trammell from Mt Paran in the first. He was recently called up to the big club (although sent back down pretty quickly).

I'm a little surprised by the JHM pick. Wasn't expecting to lose him this season. Good for him though.
 

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Not gonna hold my breath. M's also stole a top recruit from us in 2016 when they drafted Taylor Trammell from Mt Paran in the first. He was recently called up to the big club (although sent back down pretty quickly).

I'm a little surprised by the JHM pick. Wasn't expecting to lose him this season. Good for him though.
Yeah - surprised he went that high. Expect he won’t be coming back, although Braves might have to pay over slot to make it happen.
 

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Did we have any more potential losses in rounds 11-20?
Nope. No recruits drafted other than Ford. FWIW the class is ranked 17th in the country with Ford.

Kristian Campbell from Walton is now our top guy and will have a good shot at short.

Carter Daniels is also a PG10

As is Logan McGuire

You can see the whole class here (may have to select 2021 as the grad year as it seems to take you to 2022 initially)
 
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CDH brings up a good point about losing all three infielders. Here's where we are for next season (only listing guys who played sig innings this year):

C: Parada (dreft-eligible true soph)
1B: Jenkins (covid soph) / Compton (covid soph)
2B: Jackson (covid soph)? / Anderson (true soph)?
3B: Compton (covid soph) / Jenkins (covid soph) / Anderson (true soph)? / Jackson (covid soph)?
SS: Campbell (freshman)?
OF: Gonzalez (covid soph)
OF: DeLeo (true soph)
OF: Reid (covid soph)
DH: TBD - probably whoever isn't at 1B if neither Jenkins nor Compton can handle 3B / Grenkoski (true soph)?

FRI: Crawford (rs/covid junior)
SAT: Grissom (true soph)
SUN: Smith (covid soph)?
MW: Huff (covid soph) and/or Freshmen

PEN: Bartnicki (covid junior)
PEN: Maxwell (covid soph)
PEN: Smith (covid soph)
PEN: Finley (covid soph) (assuming rehab goes well)
PEN: Siegel (covid soph)
PEN: Mannelly (rs/covid senior)
PEN: Huff (covid soph)
  • Just noticed Archer's name in the transfer portal. He's graduated and it appears that he's looking to change schools if he doesn't get picked up as an undrafted FA. Him deciding to stay would make me feel a lot better about pitching next season...
  • I think there's a really good chance Campbell will be at SS next season. The other two spots will likely be filled by guys already on the team, as there aren't many other infielders in this incoming class.
  • Both Jenkins and Compton were third basement in HS, so hopefully one of them can slide over to the other corner spot and man 3B.
  • The OF is pretty set with Gonzalez/DeLeo/Reid. Grenkoski got a decent amount of time this season, but he scares me out there for some reason. He'll likely at least be in a rotation out there with Reid DHing some.
  • Incoming freshman Carter Daniels apparently had TJ surgery and will be out all of next season. He was our top ranked pitching recruit (PG10).
  • Covid soph's and Parada will be draft eligible after next season, so 2022 will be a big year for us to try to make some noise. Parada will def be gone after this season and I could see several of those other guys going.
  • Cam Turley's name is no longer in the transfer portal. Not sure how to take that or what it means. He listed on the roster on RW again, which I don't think he was when his transfer announcement came earlier in the season.
In the transfer portal:
  • Andy Archer (P)
  • Jake Holland (C)
  • John Morant (OF)
  • Dylan Strickland (INF)
  • Cliff (Will) Shirah (P)
  • Hendricks (Hank) Thomas (OF/IF)
  • Spencer (Brody) Westbrooks (P)
  • Tervell Johnson (OF)
 
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CDH brings up a good point about losing all three infielders. Here's where we are for next season (only listing guys who played sig innings this year):

C: Parada (dreft-eligible true soph)
1B: Jenkins (covid soph) / Compton (covid soph)
2B: Jackson (covid soph)? / Anderson (true soph)?
3B: Compton (covid soph) / Jenkins (covid soph) / Anderson (true soph)? / Jackson (covid soph)?
SS: Campbell (freshman)?
OF: Gonzalez (covid soph)
OF: DeLeo (true soph)
OF: Reid (covid soph)
DH: TBD - probably whoever isn't at 1B if neither Jenkins nor Compton can handle 3B / Grenkoski (true soph)?

FRI: Crawford (rs/covid junior)
SAT: Grissom (true soph)
SUN: Smith (covid soph)?
MW: Huff (covid soph) and/or Freshmen

PEN: Bartnicki (covid junior)
PEN: Maxwell (covid soph)
PEN: Smith (covid soph)
PEN: Finley (covid soph) (assuming rehab goes well)
PEN: Siegel (covid soph)
PEN: Mannelly (rs/covid senior)
PEN: Huff (covid soph)
  • Just noticed Archer's name in the transfer portal. He's graduated and it appears that he's looking to change schools if he doesn't get picked up as an undrafted FA. Him deciding to stay would make me feel a lot better about pitching next season...
  • I think there's a really good chance Campbell will be at SS next season. The other two spots will likely be filled by guys already on the team, as there aren't many other infielders in this incoming class.
  • Both Jenkins and Compton were third basement in HS, so hopefully one of them can slide over to the other corner spot and man 3B.
  • The OF is pretty set with Gonzalez/DeLeo/Reid. Grenkoski got a decent amount of time this season, but he scares me out there for some reason. He'll likely at least be in a rotation out there with Reid DHing some.
  • Incoming freshman Carter Daniels apparently had TJ surgery and will be out all of next season. He was our top ranked pitching recruit (PG10).
  • Covid soph's and Parada will be draft eligible after next season, so 2022 will be a big year for us to try to make some noise. Parada will def be gone after this season and I could see several of those other guys going.
  • Cam Turley's name is no longer in the transfer portal. Not sure how to take that or what it means. He listed on the roster on RW again, which I don't think he was when his transfer announcement came earlier in the season.
In the transfer portal:
  • Andy Archer (P)
  • Jake Holland (C)
  • John Morant (OF)
  • Dylan Strickland (INF)
  • Cliff (Will) Shirah (P)
  • Hendricks (Hank) Thomas (OF/IF)
  • Spencer (Brody) Westbrooks (P)
  • Tervell Johnson (OF)
It looks like Andy Archer is heading to UHawaii. Congrats to him. That'll be an awesome place to play to wrap up his college career. Hopefully he dominates and gets drafted next year.



It does look like we have an incoming transfer too now: Infielder Chandler Simpson from UAB. He's a 2019 grad from St Pius who will be a covid soph. It looks like he played mostly 2B at UAB. He had 24 SB last season. Could be in line to start at 2B for us next spring.


FRESHMAN SEASON (2021)
- Named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team
- Appeared in all 54 games, making 48 starts, all at second base
- Lead the team with 24 stolen bases
- Posted a .288 batting average with 51 hits, 31 runs, two doubles and three triples
- Recorded 100 assists with 84 putouts for a .968 fielding percentage
- Had two four-hit games at Georgia Southern on March 13 and versus Middle Tennessee on March 27
- Had a pair of doubles versus Middle Tennessee on March 27
- Ranked as one of the toughest to strikeout in the country with only 16 on the season, the fewest in Conference USA

FRESHMAN SEASON (2020)
- Season cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Appeared in 14 games, making 14 starts
- Held a .256 batting average with 11 hits and 11 runs
- Recorded eight stolen bases
- Had four multi-hit games during the season

HIGH SCHOOL
- Played at St. Pius X High School in Atlanta, Ga. for coaches Chad Garrison and Andrew Mabini
- Split time at shortstop and second base
- Earned All-State and All-County honors along with earning a player of the month award
- Ranked the No. 13 shortstop and No. 73 overall player in the state of Georgia by Perfect Game
- Also played for the Brookhaven Bucks of the Sunbelt Baseball League during the summer of 2019, batting .402 with 37 hits, two doubles, four triples, 12 RBI and 12 stolen bases.

PERSONAL
- Born Chandler Simpson on November 18 in Atlanta, Ga.
- Son of Edye and Ralph Simpson
- Has one younger sister, Skyla
 
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Interesting tidbit in an article about the US Collegiate team

Kevin Parada, C, Georgia Tech (2022)
– A bat-first backstop, Parada is likely age eligible for the 2022 draft. With an early August birthday, it all depends on the date of the MLB draft next summer. At the plate, the righthanded hitter stayed inside the ball well and showed power to all fields. He has the potential to hit for a high average and above average power and finished second on the CNT in batting average at .400 (10-for-25). Behind the plate, he is limited defensively with fair hands, fringe arm strength and his one-knee setup may be more comfortable, but isn’t conducive for high-level blocking. However, with an exceptional work ethic, anything is possible and Parada could continue to grind it out behind the plate. Otherwise, a move to first base is likely in his future at the next level. Based on his bat alone, Parada is likely to receive Day One consideration in 2022.
I didn't realize that there's still a chance Parada IS NOT draft eligible next year. It would be huge for us to get an extra year out of him (but would obviously suck for him).
 

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Just a pipe dream - but since Mets won’t be signing Rocker, is he free to transfer anywhere if he doesn’t go back to Vandy? He‘d look good in a Jackets uni! But probably a lot better chance to return to CWS with Vandy next year than GT, even without Leiter.
 

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If it’s truly a medical concern, then he probably needs to pitch to alleviate those. Not sure why he wouldn’t just go back to Vandy.
 

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Just a pipe dream - but since Mets won’t be signing Rocker, is he free to transfer anywhere if he doesn’t go back to Vandy? He‘d look good in a Jackets uni! But probably a lot better chance to return to CWS with Vandy next year than GT, even without Leiter.
Everything that I've read said that he will still not be returning to college and will start his professional career. I guess that means overseas?

From d1Baseball:
Vanderbilt had four players/commits go unsigned on Sunday, but at least one of them — Kumar Rocker — will not be headed back to Nashville for another season. Rocker was the 10th overall pick to the Mets with a signing bonus pick value of $4.74 million. With Boras as his agent, you just knew he wasn’t going to take a discount, even with word that the Mets had issues with his medical. Boras insists medical experts found no serious damage to Rocker, and that he will continue his regular course of preparation as he readies for his professional career. Rocker could be pitching somewhere in the spring, but it won’t be with the Commodores … On the plus side, it was well known that hard-hitting first baseman/catcher Dom Keegan was returning to Vandy for another season, while lefthanded pitcher Carter Holton and shortstop Davis Diaz are instant impact young players who remained unsigned at the deadline. Holton has a fastball up to 95 mph and was ranked No. 59 in the high school class by Prep Baseball Report, while PBR had Diaz as the No. 88 high school prospect.
 
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We've two more incoming transfers according the the D1Baseball Transfer Tracker:

Cole McNamee is a grad transfer from Wake Forest. He played hs ball at Blessed Trinity. He's a two way guy who plays IF and RHP.
2021 (Junior)
Made 24 appearances on the mound, including one start at Liberty (April 7)... Finished with the second-most appearances on the squad as well as tied for eighth in the ACC... Posted a 3-1 record with an 8.68 ERA in 18.2 innings... Threw a career-high tying two scoreless innings in a midweek victory over Charlotte (March 16), striking out four batters while allowing zero hits or runs. Earned first win of the season in Wake Forest's ACC-opening victory against Notre Dame (Feb. 27)... Blanked Appalachian State (March 30) in 1.1 innings for second win of campaign... Struck out the side in a midweek victory versus Davidson (April 27). Made 16 appearances at the plate, posting an average of .167 with nine hits, eight RBIs, six runs scored, four home runs (career-high) and one double. Recorded career performance at the plate in the second game of a doubleheader against Belmont (May 9), notching a career-high two home runs, four RBIs, and three runs scored... Hit the first home run of the season in conference play on Feb. 27 versus Notre Dame... Launched a HR in final at-bat of career on Senior Day versus Pitt (May 22)... Posted first multi-hit game of the season in midweek opener versus Coastal Carolina (Feb. 23).
2020 (Junior - Season shortened by COVID-19)
Made 10 appearances on the mound, finishing with an 0-2 record and 8.64 ERA ... Struck out 12 batters over 8.1 innings ... Had a 2.45 ERA through his first four outings ... Recorded scoreless efforts against Milwaukee (Feb. 15), Long Beach State (Feb. 21 and 23), Sacred Heart (March 3) and Louisville (March 6) ... Also went 1-for-3 with a two-run double in his only offensive appearance of the year against Milwaukee (Feb. 15).
2019 (Sophomore)
Played in 16 games offensively, starting six of them, as he batted .222 (6-for-27) with a double, three homers, seven RBIs and eight walks ... Also appeared in five games on the mound, striking out six batters in 3.2 innings ... Hit a grand slam against Quinnipiac (Feb. 24) ... Also went deep twice against Charlotte (March 19 and Apr. 23) ... Was 2-for-2 with a double and a walk against Notre Dame (March 10) ... Started games at right field, third base and first base ... Best outing on the mound was a 1-2-3 inning at Radford (May 14) on seven pitches with two strikeouts ... Played summer ball with the Charlottesville TomSox, where he batted .278 and had a 3.86 ERA on the mound.
2018 (Freshman)
Served as a versatile player for the Demon Deacons, starting games on the mound, at first base and at third base ... At the plate, batted .200 (6-for-30) with two doubles, a homer and five RBIs ... On the mound, went 1-0 with an 8.78 ERA in 13.1 innings ... His ERA was at 4.50 through 10 appearances before ending with two-straight tough outings ... Didn't allow a run over his first four appearances, tossing 5.0 shutout frames with 10 strikeouts and only two hits allowed ... Doubled on the first pitch he faced in his collegiate career at Santa Clara (Feb. 24) ... Started every game against Florida State (March 9-10), going 3-for-10 with a double and two RBIs ... Made his first start at third base at NC State (May 13) and finished 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs in his first start in more than a month ... Spent summer ball with the Albany Dutchmen of the PGCBL.

Tim Borden is a grad transfer from Louisville. He's an infielder who played hs ball in Ind.
2021: Played in 28 games with eight starts ... Posted a .220 average with three doubles and five RBIs ... Started Opening Day at second base ... Drove in a run in both games he started against Western Illinois ... Had a double and two RBIs in the middle game at Georgia Tech ... Got a start in the finale at Virginia, picking up a single and a run scored.
2020: Played in 11 games, starting eight times at second base before the season was halted... Hit .444 with two doubles, a home run and nine RBIs... Played his first collegiate game and picked up his first hit at Ole Miss on Feb. 15, starting at second base... Tallied a two-run single against Wright State... Had a pair of run-scoring hits in the Feb. 22 win over Valparaiso... Hit his first career home run as a pinch-hitter against Western Michigan on March 1... Went 2-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored in the win over Morehead State.
 

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Everything that I've read said that he will still not be returning to college and will start his professional career. I guess that means overseas?

From d1Baseball:
Vanderbilt had four players/commits go unsigned on Sunday, but at least one of them — Kumar Rocker — will not be headed back to Nashville for another season. Rocker was the 10th overall pick to the Mets with a signing bonus pick value of $4.74 million. With Boras as his agent, you just knew he wasn’t going to take a discount, even with word that the Mets had issues with his medical. Boras insists medical experts found no serious damage to Rocker, and that he will continue his regular course of preparation as he readies for his professional career. Rocker could be pitching somewhere in the spring, but it won’t be with the Commodores … On the plus side, it was well known that hard-hitting first baseman/catcher Dom Keegan was returning to Vandy for another season, while lefthanded pitcher Carter Holton and shortstop Davis Diaz are instant impact young players who remained unsigned at the deadline. Holton has a fastball up to 95 mph and was ranked No. 59 in the high school class by Prep Baseball Report, while PBR had Diaz as the No. 88 high school prospect.
That kinda sucks that a team can draft, you, negotiate in bad faith, and then screw you from going elsewhere for a year. I thought that the MLBPA had bands of salary/bonuses by draft slot or something?
 
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