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Old 05-30-2012, 03:20 PM   #1
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Members of the Tennessee baseball team have begun to scatter across the country as they prepare to compete in wood-bat summer leagues from California to New Hampshire. In all, 13 Volunteers will play in six different leagues this summer.

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Old 06-07-2012, 02:28 PM   #2
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Jake Rowland was named Cal Ripken League Hitter of the Night by collegesummerbaseball.net. 4 for 5 with a homer and two doubles.

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Old 06-13-2012, 04:05 PM   #3
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Can seniors not play in this?
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Can seniors not play in this?
No. Only returning players
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Old 06-13-2012, 06:18 PM   #5
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I meant up and coming seniors. What happened to godley and luther?
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I meant up and coming seniors. What happened to godley and luther?
My mistake. I am not sure about them specifically but not all players decide to play for various reasons usually academics or some pitchers decide to rest their arms if they have pitched a lot of innings or have been injured.

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Old 06-13-2012, 06:52 PM   #7
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My mistake. I am not sure about them specifically but not all players decide to play for various reasons usually academics or some pitchers decide to rest their arms if they have pitched a lot of innings or have been injured.
Godley is going to train with the USA Baseball team that Serrano is coaching, and may make it as an alternate. He's also in summer school so he will graduate next spring.
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Godley is going to train with the USA Baseball team that Serrano is coaching, and may make it as an alternate. He's also in summer school so he will graduate next spring.
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Thats good info. Another thing about seniors not being on summer rosters is many expect to be drafted and signso they don't catch on to rosters until after they aren't drafted.
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any updates on how these players are doing on their summer teams?
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Nick Williams has been pitching quite well in relief and has an ERA below 2.

Zajac pitched twice for his team and was very effective. However, the Texas College League web site shows he hasn't pitched in two week and was released by his team over the weekend. I hope he's not hurt. Anyone know his status?

Most of the other guys I looked up don't have good numbers at this stage of the summer. For a lot of them, getting reps and innings may be more important than the early stats they post.
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Godley pitched well and got the win for Team USA last night.
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:07 AM   #12
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Looks like Bennett is hitting for power and average, and Maddox is carrying a good average.
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:25 PM   #13
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Parker Wormsley and Will Maddox continue to have solid summers. Ethan Bennett tore it up in Laconia. Hit for power and average. Heard he is going to summer school second session. Zajac came home to get healthy. Robbie Kidd and Eric Martin are both getting in some innings in Betheseda and have had some recent solid outings. Jared Allen started a little slow, but seems to be turning it around and Nick Williams has pitched well. Jared has pitch some for Rochester. Heard that another juco signee, Tyler Smart, from South Carolina signed with the Texas Rangers. Good for him, tough for Tennessee.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:06 PM   #14
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Just checked everyone's summer stats, and it's a little concerning.

Most summer leagues have a mix of players from different divisions and conferences. A lot of leagues have more than a third of their players from lower division schools, and many of the major conference players are younger guys who didn't play much as freshmen or sophomores. You would expect SEC players to tear it up in this competitive situation.

Except for Ethan Bennett (.313, 5 HR, 18 RBI in 18 games) and Nick Williams (1.15 ERA in 15.2 innings of relief work with no decisions or saves), both of whom have apparently cut short their summer playing to go back to school or home, I can't find a single Vol with a batting average above .300 or an ERA below 6.00 this summer. None of them are among their team or league leaders.

I don't want to put too much weight on summer numbers. The season lasts less than two months, and many summer leagues let players be more relaxed and have more fun. I don't want to make this more important than it is. But I sure would have expected some of our guys to step up and show what SEC players can do against generic college competition, especially since so many of them will have to battle to keep their roster spots.

I did see that a couple of guys who were cut or invited to transfer or whatever are doing good. They're probably playing with a little more urgency to find new schools.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:43 PM   #15
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Both Parker Womsley and Will Maddox were recently named to thier league all star teams. Both have hit around hit .300 all year. Wormsley has started almost every game most at shortstop. Maddox has batted lead-off and played second in all but 2 of his teams 31games. He leads or is near the very top of his team in hits, runs, stolen bases, obp, walks. Leads the league in stolen bases. Both of these teams have been ranked in the top 25 summer teams by perfect game. Maddox's team was high as 5th, currently 23rd. Robbie Kidd and Conner Stevens both started a little slow, but are getting solid innings and numbers are improving. All of these are rising So. experiencing first year in this level of summer ball. Will only make them better.

By the way... as of this morning. Zach Osborne was batting .314 and had started at SS for the last 5 or 6 games. Playing for Tri-Cities Dust Devils, A ball for Rockies. Hope they keep giving him a chance to show what we have all seen. Great ball player, great kid.
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