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Players with TN ties in MLB Playoffs: Walker Buehler/Dodgers; Dansby Swanson, Kyle Wright, Ryan Flaherty/Braves; Steve Cishek/Cubs; Drew Pomeranz, David Price, Mookie Betts/Red Sox; Tony Kemp/Astros.




TN Baseball Report Stat Leaders and Nomination Information

Use the link below for Super Sophomore nominations and 2 way player nominations as well as for Statewide Statistical Leaders

We also use this info for State Records - Individual/Team/Season/Career

Tennessee Baseball Report All Region/State Nomination and Stat Leader/Record Book Form

The TBCA and TN Sports Writers Assoc. will also receive every one of these nominations

HS Coaches - send NOMINATIONS WHEN ELIMINATED FROM TOURNAMENT PLAY

Check out last year's statewide stat leaders for an idea of what type #'s you need to get on a list

2018 NOMINATIONS extended to June 17

WE HAVE EXTENDED TO THE FINAL DATE TO JUNE 17

SCHOOLS WITH PLAYER NOMINATIONS 


REGION 1
REGION 2
REGION 3
REGION 4
REGION 5
REGION 6
REGION 7
REGION 8
CHUCKEY-DOAK
KNOX WEST
OLIVER SPRINGS
MTCS
HENDERSONVILLE
BGA
GIBSON COUNTY
ECS
UNION COUNTY
FULTON
BOYD BUCHANAN
MOORE COUNTY
LEBANON
CENTENNIAL
SACRED HEART
ST. BENEDICT
SULLIVAN NORTH
KNOX CATHOLIC
JACKSON COUNTY
TULLAHOMA
CLARKSVILLE
CAMDEN
RIPLEY FACS
WEST GREENE
WILLIAM BLOUNT
RHEA COUNTY
BLACKMAN
CULLEOKA
DICKSON COUNTY
SOUTH GIBSON
NORTHPOINT CHRISTIAN
JEFFERSON COUNTY
UNION COUNTY
SWEETWATER
SEQUATCHIE COUNTY
DAVIDSON ACADEMY
COMMUNITY BRIGHTON
TIPTON ROSEMARK
HAMPTON
ROCKWOOD
CHATT. CHRISTIAN
FRANKLIN COUNTY
SYCAMORE
INDEPENDENCE
MADISON MAGNET
COLLIERVILLE
TENNESSEE
ALCOA
COOKEVILLE
EAGLEVILLE
GOODPASTURE
DCA
LAKE COUNTY
MIDDLE COLLEGE
UNICOI COUNTY
CARTER LOOKOUT VALLEY
CANNON COUNTY
MLK
CORNERSVILLE
JACKSON SOUTHSIDE
HARDING ACADEMY
DOBYNS-BENNETT
FARRAGUT
WARREN COUNTY
COLUMBIA
EAST ROBERTSON
OVERTON
DYERSBURG
BRIARCREST
UNAKA
KARNS
MEIGS COUNTY
STEWARTS CREEK
GREENBRIER
CENTRAL MAGNET HAYWOOD CO.
CHRISTIAN BROTHERS
ELIZABETHTON
CAK
GORDONSVILLE
SMITH COUNTY
EAST NASH MAGNET
RAVENWOOD
COVINGTON
MUS
SCIENCE HILL
KNOX GRACE NOTRE DAME
OAKLAND
GALLATIN
ENSWORTH
ARLINGTON
ST. GEORGES
UNIV. SCHOOL JC
BEARDEN BAYLOR
SIEGEL
CLARKSVILLE NW
BRENTWOOD
USJ
HOUSTON
NORTH GREENE
SEYMOUR BRADLEY CENTRAL
ZION CHRISTIAN
COLUMBIA ACADEMY
SPRING HILL
UNION CITY

SEVIER COUNTY
COALFIELD SOUTH PITTSBURG
RIVERDALE
CLARKSVILLE ACADEMY
LORETTO
TRINITY CHRISTIAN

CUMBERLAND GAP
KNOX HALLS McCALLIE
GRACE CHRISTIAN
ROSSVIEW
WAVERLY
HUNTINGDON

GREENEVILLE
KNOX WEBB

CUMBERLAND CO
MOUNT JULIET
FATHER RYAN
RIVERSIDE

GREENBACK
GIBBS

GRUNDY COUNTY

GIJLES COUNTY
PEABODY

PIGEON FORGE


COFFEE COUNTY

FORREST







CPA







STEWART COUNTY


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21
18
13  total - 141


ANNOUNCEMENTS - GAMES, TOURNAMENT'S

Coaches - If  you have tournaments for summer ball - send to me and I'll post them up for you!

Donny Everett Classic April 11-13
Hosted by Clarksville HS - $300 entry fee and 3 game balls per game
Host sites: Clarksville, Rossview, Northeast - all have tarps and indoor hitting facilities
Call Brian Hetland at 931-206-8055 for more information
Lewis Harris Invitational March 11-16
Entry fee $80 per game
You may request which days to play, number of games you want, etc to Casey Callaway or Josh Stewart at callawayct@scsk12.org or jstewart@bartlettschools.org
Send checks to Bartlett HS c/o Josh Stewart 5688 Woodlawn   Bartlett, TN 38134
2019 Dinger Wood Bat Classic  April 11-13, 2019 (can play any combination of dates) Hosted by Graves County KY HS (Mayfield, KY) and surrounding schools. $250/3 games or $300/4 games. Each team will recieve 2 Dinger wooden bats and 1 coaches tourney polo shirt. IF interested contact Andrew Ford at 270-559-4347 or andrew.ford@graves.kyschools.us
Sycamore and CPA will be hosting the Middle TN Invitational tournament from April 4 thru April 6th, 2019. There is a 4 game guarantee. The cost is $250. Contact either  DAniel Smiley (daniel.smiley@ccstn.org) or Larry Nesbitt (larry.nesbitt@cpalions.org) to enter or inquire about the tournament.  Both fields have garnered SAF Field of the Year recently.

East TN Baseball will be hosting the East TN Classic at various sites around Knoxville June 14-17.  Entry fee is $500.  4 game guarantee with bracket play at the end of pool play to determine a winner.  Contact Buzz McNish at 865-766-7818


NABF Classic World Series hosted by East TN Baseball will be held a various sites around Knoxville July 19-22.  Entry fee is $500.  4 game guarantee with bracket play at the end of pool play to determine a winner.  There will be an all tournament team and a Baseball Bluebook Showcase as part of the event.  Contact Buzz McNish at 865-766-7818   
2019 Farragut Baseball Tournament Information

April 11-13: DeMarini Tournament at 5 sites (Maryville, Bearden, CAK, Farragut and Grace Christian
4gg $300 entry fee plus bring baseballs for game play.

April 18-20: Scott Dean Memorial Tournament at same 5 sites above.
4gg $300 entry fee plus bring baseballs for game play.

Contact: Matt.buckner@knoxschools.org or 865-368-3141
Make sure to let Matt know what day you want to begin playing - Thursday or Friday
2019 Franklin County Rebel Classic April 4-6

Host sites include: Franklin County, Tullahoma, Shelbyville and Coffee County HS.
Can play as many or few games as you would like ($75 per game)
Contact: Michael Carter at 423-435-1131 or michael.carter@fcstn.net



2018 Poll #5

2018 Final Poll
Rank School W L Class
1 Rossview
27
10
AAA
2 Baylor
24
6
D2AA
3 Greeneville
31
10
AA
4 CAK
34
12
D2A
5 Columbia Academy
31
9
A
6 Brentwood
30
10
AAA
7 Loretto
34
4
A
8 MUS
24
11
D2AA
9 Riverside
24
10
AA
10 Tipton Rosemark
24
15
D2A

 

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7/16 - Where Are They Now - A look back at the MLB draft of TN players since 2010 - we will start looking back at the top 5 draftee's from each class beginning with 2010: Drew Pomeranz was drafter first round, number 5 overall pick by Cleveland - today Drew is on the Boston Red Sox roster and on the 10 day DL... Bryce Brentz was the 36th overall pick by the Red Sox, today Bryce has finally gotten an opportunity to play with the New York Mets in the MLB (Happy for Bryce, toiled quite a while in the Red Sox organization)... the third TN pick was Blake Forsythe from UT/Christian Bros HS, he was picked in the third round, number 89 overall - today Blake is out of baseball, he played 6 seasons of mostly A/AA ball and 23 games in AAA before calling it a career... the #4 TN pick was Bryan Morgado from UT, he was picked in the 4th round, number 141 overall. Bryan pitched for 7 years in pro ball, the first three all at the A level and the final four in Indy ball.... the #5 TN pick was Stephen Pryor from Tennessee Tech. Stephen was selected in the fifth round, number 162 overall. Pryor pitched 6 years of pro ball, playing 34 games in the MLB and finished with a career 3-1 record. Pryor retired after the 2015 season...
7/10 - Ultimate 9 Team is posted - see each player video on Twitter Feed here >>>>>

7/6 - I have completed the 2018 MLB Draft List - anyone drafted who has a TN connection - we had 36 this year, smallest number since 2012 when we had 32 draftee's... The Ultimate 9 team has been chosen and we will begin announcement of the 9 starting Monday on Twitter - bats are now being made!

6.28 - Final polls for 2018 are posted - The All Class Top 10 is above


6/25 - 2018 TBR First and Second Team All State Announced... Only thing left now is the Ultimate 9 team - gonna be very hard this year due to the fact we have many kids with very similar statistical years.

6/21 - We have All 8 - All Region Teams posted as well as both Statewide Stat Leader boards for offense and pitching!! Rankings and Post Season Awards... I will post the final Rankings most likely over this weekend - also we have two more things left - All State and the Ultimate 9 team (the 9 players who make this team will recieve a Wooden commemerative baseball bat from BOMSS bat company...

6/18 - First 4 All Region Teams Posted - Monday's effort will be to completely finish both stat leader boards and to do Region 5-9 All Region Teams ( Certificates will be available)

5pm Monday - All offensive stat leaders are finished - See where you stack up!

Offensive Stat Leaders

6/16 - Added Runs, Hits, Doubles, Triples, and HR to the statewide stat leaderboard... Stat Leaders...

6/15 - ALL 2 WAY TEAM - WORD FILE, BEST VIEW ON COMPUTER

6/14 - 2018 Super Freshman and Sophomore Team + Top 20 Batting Averages added...  will be working on All Region Teams the next two days as well as adding a couple of new stats each day til we finish - hope to have everything done by next weekend...

6/12 - well, my planned trip to Omaha fizzled today - had credentials lined up to cover Vandy and Tech next week.... shucks.... working on statewide stat leaders and the super freshman/sophomore team as well as the All 2 Way team - hope to have them done this week -  still looking for Stewart County, Dyer County, Upperman and Walker Valley stats and nominations!! Game 3 Super Regional Gallery

6/10 - Dores fall 10-8 in game 1... Dores rebound, win on Bleday walkoff... TTU takes game one from Texas... game pix from Vandy - Miss St on our facebook page - Game 2 pics will be up Sunday afternoon... Team Tennessee is playing at the Jr Sunbelt - get results on our Twitter feed to the right of this news area>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

6/8 - Super Regional Previews

#11 Tennessee Tech (52-10) @ #8 Texas (40-20)

G1- 3pm Sat ESPN2   G2- 3pm Sun ESPN2  G3- 1pm Mon ESPN2

Texas: 5x National Champions (last 2005) Last Super Regional and WS appearance - 2011

TTU: First ever appearance in Super Regional

Even though Texas has a great tradition of excellence in baseball, NONE of the current team has ever gone this far, having home field will be an advantage for the Longhorns although the Eagles from TTU showed last weekend that they can win on the road in a tough environment. Five Longhorns were drafted, the first was Kody Clemens at #79.  TTU had 8 players drafted beginning with Ethan Roberts at #128.

Texas has three good pitchers, not big strikeout guys, with Nolan Kingman, Chase Shugart and Blair Henley. Bullpen is shallow but pretty good with Josh Sawyer and Andy McGuire. Kody Clemens is on fire hitting .346 with 21 HR and 68 rbi. He is the one guy you have to really watch carefully. TTU has a team batting average is .342 (#1 in the nation).... just think about that, the lowest BAvg in the lineup is .310. Chase Chambers is the big bopper hitting .404 with 18 HR and 67 rbi.

My pick: TTU in 3

#16 Mississippi State (35-26) @ #15 Vanderbilt (34-25)

G1- 7pm Fri ESPN2  G2- 8:30pm Sat ESPN  G3- 5pm Sun ESPN2

Vanderbilt: 3x WS/1 National Championship, Last Super Regional (2017)

MIssissippi State: 11x World Series/ 2nd in 2013, Last Super Regional (2017)

Vandy swept MSU on the first weekend of SEC play in Starkville. At this point, that may as well have been 10 years ago, two totally different teams at this point. Ethan Small, a TN native (played at Lexington HS) will start game one vs Drake Fellows - very good matchup to watch.  Both teams caught fire in their respective regionals with big offensive numbers. After game one Vandy will usually matchup, Patrick Raby had been #2 most of the spring but only threw in a short relief stint. Mason Hickman has been the Sunday guy all year and if it goes three games I would expect to see him get the start. MSU has had the same problems getting quality starts from #2 and #3. Konnor Pilkington is set for game 2 and Jacob Billingsley for game 3 at this point. This series will more than likely come down to which team pitches and plays defense best. Vandy defense is ranked #3 in the nation with a .982 fielding percentage.  Jake Mangum is the big bat for the Bulldogs hitting .354, the rest play solid team baseball.

My pick: VU in 3


Draft Day 3 - Lotta TN guys drafted on day 3 (33) - All updated on twitter feed> >>
anyone listed below has a TN connection - either thru HS ball, JuCo ball or 4 year schools

Name - schools attend - drafted by

16/470 LA Woodard MTSU by Mets... 17/505 Trevor Putzig TTU by Orioles... 18/530 Chase Chambers Farragut/TTU by Mets... 18/541 Dylan King Riverdale/Belmont by Angels... 19/572 Hunter Wolfe Dobyns Bennett/Walters St by Royals...  19/577 Alex Junior Goodpasture/TTU by Yankees...  19/581 Zach Linginfelter Sevier Co/UT by Nationals... 20/607  Marcus Evey Blackman/TTU by Yankees... 20/612 Austin Dennis MTSU by Astros... 20/613 Jake Miednik Walters St/FAU by Indians... 21/619 Hunter Oliver Cleveland/Cleveland State CC by Reds... 21/624 Will Gardner Morristown West/TTU/Carson-Newman by Pirates... 22/645 Maddux Conger Vanderbilt by Tigers... 23/682 William Woods Peabody/Dyersburg St CC by Braves...  23/697 Justin Wilson Oakland/Volunteer St/Vandy by Yankees... 24/706 Preston White MUS/The Masters by Giants... 24/712 Rusber Estrada SWTNCC/Faulkner by Braves...  25/741 Lee Solomon Lipscomb by Padres... 25/743 Alonzo Jones Vanderbilt by Athletics... 26/774 Ethan Paul Vanderbilt by Pirates... 26/789 Ethan Small Lexington/Miss. St by Dbacks... 30/889 Jacob Wyrick Cleveland/MTSU by Reds... 30/914 Matt Cogen BGA/Old Dominion/Belmont by Dodgers... 31/925 John Ham Dyersburg St/TTU by Orioles... 31/927 Stephen Scott Vanderbilt by Marlins... 31/930 Michael Costanzo Austin Peay by Rays... 31/942 Riley Cabral Chipola CC/Memphis by Astros... 33/988 Penn Murfee MBA/Vandy/Santa Clara by Mariners... 34/1021 Paul McIntosh Motlow St CC by Angels... 34/1023 Benito Santiago UT by Cardinals... 36/1082 Elijah Pleasants Rossview HS by Royals... 38/1149 David Garza TTU by Dbacks... 40/1204 Tyler Webb Memphis by Twins...

6/5 - MONDAY.... what a day! Tennessee Tech beat Ole MIss twice on their home field to advance to their first ever (only OVC team to ever make a super) super regional.... 15-5, 3-2 in to contrasting games... TN draftee's on day 1 of the MLB Draft: #7 overall, Ryan Weathers from Loretto HS... #22 overall, Ryan Rolison from USJ/Ole Miss... #58 overall, Jonathan Bowlan from Arlington/Bartlett/Memphis... When available story on TTU wins will be here...

Additional draftee's through the first 10 rounds: Round 3 #86 Connor Kaiser from Vandy... Round 7 pick #219 Travis Moths (William Blount HS/TTU)... Round 7 pick #221 Chandler Day from Vandy... Round 10 pick #292, Brett Langhorne from Carson-Newman...

Draftee Capsules

Ryan Weathers (Loretto) LH pitcher from a small school in TN who has done just about everything a boy could do by the time he is 18... US National Team, Gatorade National POY, won a state championship in basketball and baseball... another Vandy conmit, can't see him making it to West End...

Ryan Rolison (Rockies) from USJ in Jackson, TN and played collegiately at Ole Miss. Rolison is a great left handed pitcher and I think he will do well professionally...

Ryder Green (Yankees) from Karns has had a up and down HS career with two transfers but has maintained excellent play wherever he has been... originally committed to Kentucky, he later changed to a Vandy commit... will he go to West End or play for the Yanks?

Bowlan (Royals) attended Arlington HS his first three years and then transferred to Bartlett for his final season. A three sport player in high school, Bowlan fancied the strikeout, his 104 K's was the first Tiger pitcher since 2013 to do so. His dad Mark, was also drafted in '89 by the Cardinals.

Connor Kaiser (Pirates) from Vandy has really blossomed into a fantastic SS defensivley and with the bat. This year his bat really came alive and he has rounded into a great player...

Langhorne (Braves) is the 19th player in history to be drafted out of CN. He is the first since Steve Chisek and Matt Teague where drafted in 2007.

Travis Moths (Diamondbacks), a TN boy! Graduated from William Blount HS and was both a reliever and starter at TTU. Career record of 25-10 and has won 13 games so far this season...

Chandler Day (Nationals)  of Vanderbilt, developed over the season into the closer role for the "Dores and has pitched extremely well down the stretch...

6/4 - Vanderbilt mashed Clemson 19-6 Sunday night as Connor Kaiser hit 3 bombs and 10 rbi as the team had 9 HR on the day (broke previous school record of 6 in 1991)... Video Replay of Game vs Clemson... box score... HOW TO WATCH THE MLB DRAFT... MLB DRAFT CENTRAL... MLB DRAFT TRACKER... TENNESSEE DRAFT PROSPECTS...

6/2-3 - MESSER OUT AT DYERSBURG... Mt. Juliet's Ethan Smith likely high draft pick... Weathers named Gatorade National POY... Fellows deals, Dores win 2-0 ... TTU wins opner in Oxford... Dores beat Clemson 4-3 to reach championship game on Sunday night... story link when available... Walters falls 10-7 to Chipola who repeats as NJCAA Champion... The Senators finish 60-8 - one heck of a season!!

6/1 -  Walters State lost to Chipola 8-6, FHU falls 6-3 to finish as NAIA Runner-up for 2018, one heck of a year!! Walters won a coin flip and will play the winner of Chipola vs San Jac on Saturday for the JuCo title... will link up stories and more Friday morning,,, NAIA WORLD SERIES CENTRAL... NCAA D1 Baseball Regionals... Oxford Regional Preview (Tennessee Tech)... NCAA Field of 64... Clemson Regional Preview (Vandy)... Clemson Regional Central (Live Stats/Info/Box Scores/etc)... Oxford Regional Central

NEED THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS TO GET ME YOUR NOMINATIONS ASAP!!!

ROSSVIEW, CHRISTIAN BROTHERS, McCALLIE, MUS, STEWART COUNTY, GRUNDY COUNTY, RIVERSIDE, SOUTH PITTSBURG AND GREENBACK - AND ANYONE ELSE WHO WANTS TO SEND ONE!!

5/31 - FHU eliminates GA Gwinnett to advance to Championship Game... ESPN Broadcast Replay of game... Box Score... Walters State wins 12-10 over Southern Idaho to advance undefeated in the JuCo World Series in Grand Junction, CO... The Senators will play Chipola, who they beat earlier 8-6, on Thursday at 8:30 CDT... #RepresentTN

5/30 - 7TH ANNUAL MID TN ALL STAR CLASSIC AT VANDERBILT ON Thursday June 14  beginning with A vs D2 game at 3pm and AA vs AAA at 6:30pm - more on this later this week... FHU fell to Southeastern 8-1 and will play rematch with Georgia Gwinnett (#2) Wednesday at 3pmPDT. Gwinnett has been killing teams since FHU beat them so this will be a huge test... a win would give them the bye into the title game since they have played more games than the other two remaining teams (I think I'm right on this)... Walters State totally wiped San Jacinto TX off the map Tuesday night 17-0 in 5 innings - The Senators will play Southern Idaho Wed. night at 9:30

5/29 - Walters advances in winners bracket... NCAA D1 Interactive Bracket... TTU and Vandy in!! TTU in Oxford, MS Regional at Ole Miss as #2 and Vandy in Clemson, SC as #2 as well... FHU yet to play will be behind as third game is in 5th inning at 7:47 CDT... FHU puts up 5 runs in the first to overcome a 4 run deficit and shut down Lewis Clark to win their third game in a row and advance to the winners bracket final vs Southeastern FL at 8:30pm CDT Tuesday evening... the Lions are or will be amongst the final 4 teams left regardless of the outcome of this game... NAIA Series Schedule...

5/28 - Congrats to the State Champs - Columbia Academy 1-0 in 12 over Loretto, what an awesome game, perhaps the best game in the history of TSSAA baseball championship games? Rossview a winner over defending champ Brentwood and Greeneville also a winner for the first time... congrats to all involved!!

NAIA World Series - FHU has won their first two games in their first appearance in Lewiston... NAIA World Series... Lions beat UNOH to open series... FHU beats #2 Georgia Gwinnett... NAIA World Series Schedule... OVC Tourney Central... Tech lost 4-3 in the OVC Championship Game and will await a possible/hopeful at large bid tomorrow... Lipscomb falls 7-6 ends season in ASun tourney... JuCo World Series... Senators take down Chipola...  the Senators will play Monday at 11am cdt vs Jefferson CC from Missouri...

5/26 - Championship Day for A, AA and AAA... CAK wins second title in a row, this time in D2A with 10-0 and 6-5 wins over Tipton Rosemark.... Pharr does it again (8 titles, I think)... no finer person or coach than Tommy Pharr... in game two, CAK comes thru in the top of the 7th on a two out no one on rally to win... Baylor wins their third state title by jumping out to a 10-0 lead and cruising to a 12-4 win... on Friday (today) Loretto vs Columbia Academy - The Mustangs try for the repeat and CA goes for the second title (first was in '94) and Coach Estep has won 4 at Goodpasture... Estep graduated in '93 so he was part of that build up to the '94 title for CA... Estep won 462 games at Goodpasture and is 109-35 coming in to the game today in 4 yrs at CA... in AA we Greeneville who had never won a game at the state tourney and Riverside who won three in a row in Class A (2010-12) and get back fort the first time since moving up to AA... in AAA, Brentwood goes for the repeat in their fifth state tournament appearance. Rossview, in its first appearance, tries to win its first title... Rossview beat Collierville 8-7, scoring 7 runs on 3 hits and 3 Dragon errors... the Bruins had to beat Seymour twice and did (11-0, 4-2)... Bisons bomb NJIT to stay alive in ASun... OVC Tournament Scores/Recaps... TTU won 5-2, plays at 11am Friday... Peay was losing 5-0 in 7th, at press time... SoCon Baseball Tournament Central... ETSU stays alive with win over Furman... ETSU will play Western Carolina at 11am Friday

5/24 - Day 2 TSSAA State Tournament ... a day when anything can and usually does happen - Class A: Loretto will play TCA in one semifinal (TCA must win twice) and Columbia Academy will play Greenback in the other (Greenback must win twice)... Loretto dominated again in a 10-2 win over South Pitt and CA won 6-2 over Union City to advance to the semifinal undefeated... #2 Union City was eliminated by Greenback in a 3-2 loss to the 'Kees... Class AA: Riverside and Greeneville reached the semifinals undefeated while Riverside opponent Elizabethton battled back winning 2 games in the losers bracket... The Devils held off Forrest 10-8 and will face them again Thursday... Class AAA: Surprising Rossview beat Collierville 8-1 and will face them again Thursday after the Dragons squeaked by Siegel 3-2... Seymour, another surprise team, will play defending champ, Brentwood tomorrow and must be beaten twice as the Eagles survived a 9 inning matchup with Stewarts Creek (9-3), scoring 6 in the to of the ninth... Division 2 A: Tipton-Rosemark put three singles together in the 4th inning to score a pair of runs and beat CAK 3-1 and will see them again in the title game Thursday at 10am at MTSU... IF game is at 3pm... Division 2 AA: Baylor beats McCallie 11-7 to reach the title game and will face MUS who beat McCallie 6-5 on a bases loaded walk off single... Lipscomb falls 9-6 in ASun opener... Updated ASun Bracket... OVC Tourney... Peay drops game one, TTU takes on Jacksonville St Thursday at 11am... NAIA World Series Schedule... the NAIA series begins May 25 - Freed Hardeman plays at 4pm CDT...

5/23 - TSSAA Recaps: In Class A Union City ambushed the Cherokee's 16-0... Conner Hurt and Grant Kizer each had 3 hits, Kizer added 3 rbi as the Tornado had 12 hits in the game. Peyton Edwards picked up the win tossing 4 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and striking out 5 Greenback batters... South Pittsburg's 4 spot in the 3rd inning was enough as the Pirates beat Trinity Christian 5-3... Mason Fuqua led SP going 3-3 with 2 rbi and Garrett Raulston added a 2 rbi double in the opening round win... #1 Loretto jumped all over USJC and coasted to a 13-0 win. Probably the biggeest outcome was Ryan Weathers only throwing 25 pitches in the game. Ryan also added a 3 run HR in the 10 run second inning... in Class AA, #2 Greeneville knocked off #4 Smith County 3-0. The Devils got a leadoff double from Dalton McLain who scored on Jordan Idell's single in the first inning at that was all they needed. The Devils tacked on two runs in the sixth on a hit by pitch, a walk, an error and a two out pop up that fell in short right field to score two runs on two outs... Idell got the win, tossing a 6 hit shutout on 87 pitches... #1 Covington falls to Forrest 5-3. Jaylan Smith was 2-3 with 2 rbi as was Covington leadoff hitter Brock Lomax. Ethan Mealer outdueled Christian Delashmit to get the win. Mealer struck out 11 batters... Stewart County trailed 2-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh to Elizabethton. The Rebels took advantage of a leadoff walk and scored the tying run on an error, then won the game on a 2 out single to right field by Payton Milliken... In Class AAA, Collierville's two out rally in the bottom of the third was all they needed to win 4-1 over Science Hill. After two strikeouts, consecutive singles and a double put up the first run. After a walk, Carson Rees doubled down the third base line to score two more and Mitch Austin singled to left to score the fourth Dragon run... Payton Calitri tossed a complete game with 8 strikeouts and giving up a run... David Bryant had a solo HR for the Toppers in the top of the fourth to account for their only run... Stewarts Creek pulled out a 2-1 win over Arlington when Caleb Hawkins doubled in Brandon Rooney to break a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning... Rossivew beats Siegel 13-3 in a 6 inning run rule victory. Jackson Carter doubled twice and had 3 rbi for the Hawks. Christian Scott, Richard Dean and Kendrick Osborne added 2 rbi apiece to lead the Rossview offense which took advantage of 5 Siegel errors... in one of the best games of the night Seymour and Brentwood squared off and were tied at two before Landon Matthews walked in the top of the 7th and scored on a two out hit by Marcus Joyner to take a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the 7th. Brentwood got two quick outs before Kaden Drier singles and Patrick Queener walks. The runners moved up on a wild pitch before Seymour walked another batter to load the bases... then Zachary Wyatt strikes out the Bruins last hope and hung on for a thrilling 3-2 victory ... In D2 A Tipton-Rosemark relied on the deuce in a 7-3 win over CPA. TRA scored 2 runs in 3 different innings and overcame a Lion 3 run second inning to win their opening round game... Alex Mitson and Corey Mitson had 2 rbi each and Mitson picked up the win... Carson Houk went 3-4 for CPA... CAK fresh off the AA title last year open up with a 10-1 win over USJ, one of the dominant teams in the state during the regular season. Jacob Tate led the way giong 2-4 with a HR and 4 rbi and getting the win on the bump with 14 strikeouts... In D2AA Baylor used a pair of 4's to beat Brothers 8-2 in opening round action... Christian Martin, Daniel Corona and Garrett Carmichael had 2 rbi each to lead the Red Raiders. Alex Butler tossed a complete game allowing 2 runs and struck out 7 batters to get the win... McCallie up 3-1 on MUS in the 4th at bed time! Grundy/Riverside just started also at bed time!

5/22 - TBCA MR. BASEBALL NOMINEE'S... Mr. Baseball will be announced tomorrow morning at 11am for all 5 classes... Pre State Tournament Polls... Class AA had the biggest turnover as all year there were many teams who went back and forth who could have easily been a top 10 team... Class AAA also had some huge "upsets" as Hendesonville went down very early and Mt. Juliet and Farragut were beaten as well... Division 2 went almost as scripted as the only ranked team to lose was MBA... Class A early favorites are Loretto and Union City... in AA, the top 2 teams are in the same bracket (Covington/Greeneville) and Elizabethton in the upper bracket... in AAA, the upper bracket is loaded with teams who could win, 3 of our top 5 teams, #5 Siegel, #2 Collierville and #1 Science Hill as well as #6 Rossview. Brentwood who has defied the odds to get back to the 'Boro looks like the favorite out of the bottom bracket...  however as we have seen in the past, anything can happen this week so expect the unexpected... D2 A has expanded this year and this field is as even as it gets, any one of these teams could win it... TRA has 2 runnerup finishes and everybody else has at least one title (USJ has 5)... in D2 AA there isn't really a dominate team like we've had in the past, the early favorite would be Baylor but any of these schools could win it...

Follow the TSSAA State Tournament at Gamechanger.com - type in TSSAA in the search box and find your team...

Follow the SEC Tourney... Vandy opens with Texas A&M this morning at 10:30 weather permitting... Lipscomb opens up in the ASun Tourney tomorrow... ASun Championship Central... OVC Baseball Tournament starts today...TTU and Austin Peay will compete for the title... JuCo World Series Bracket... Walters State opens with Chipola FL on Saturday at 8:30pm CDT... 

5/20-21 - TSSAA State Tournament Brackets... Pre- State Tourney polls will be out Monday evening...

5/18 - D2 SE Regional Central - Brackets, Scores, etc... LMU takes on Belmont Abbey Friday night at 7pm... Walters State CC opens play in the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, CO on Saturday May 26 at 8:30pm cdt vs Chipola FL. The Indians ranked 14th and defending national champion have split a pair of games with the Senators in early February. Walters won 8-5 and the Indians took game two 12-3... JUCO World Series... this is Walters 8th trip, they are 13-13 overall in WS play and have never met Chipola in Grand Junction... The Senators were National Champs in 2006... FHU gets first look at NAIA World Series matchup


High School Coaches - Go to http://tnbaseballreport.com/nominationandpreviewform.htm#PART_2 and fill out the Team Preview Form and we will start posting your previews for the upcoming season as they come in...


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MLB Draft History Part 1: The 60's

The MLB Draft started in 1965. Twenty teams drafted players and there were 10 rounds of the draft. Of the first 5 years of the draft, this draft had the most players reach the major leagues and play at least part of one year. 68 of 200 draftee's made the big leagues at some point of their career. 13 of the first round picks played in the show.  In '66, 51 of 200 players made it. In '67 only 43 players made the MLB, while in '68 the number bounced back up to a second overall with 57 players eventually playing major league baseball. The fifth year of the draft, 1969, saw 51 players make the MLB. Below is a breakdown by round of the players who played big league ball at some point in their career for at least part of a year.  These are statistics from the June Regular draft. In the beginning of the draft MLB had 4 drafts - January Regular, January Secondary, June Regular and June Secondary. The numbers reflect the players who signed when drafted. The player is credited in the year in which they signed to play - if they were drafted more than once, which some were - we didn't count the player twice. Also, the draft actually went more than 50 rounds, but I cut my research off at 50.  After the first round, the chances of becoming a MLB player fall off significantly... as I reveal the 70's, 80's, and 90's you will see the overwhelming evidence of this...
Year/Round 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 60's Total % MLB by Rd
  # of Players who made the MLB for at least a cup of coffee/Total # Drafted  
1 10 11 12 9 16 65/104 62.5 - 1:1.6
2 6 5 7 7 8 37/104 35.5 - 1:2.8
3 4 2 4 5 10 33/104 31.7
4 7 3 4 3 5 30/108 27.7
5 4 6 5 5 5 30/108 27.7
6 5 2 2 2 7 23/108 21.3
7 3 2 0 7 3 17/108 15.7 - 1:6.4
8 1 2 0 3 4 14/108 13.0 - 1:7.7
9 2 2 1 3 1* 14/108 13.0
10 4 1 1 4 2 17/108 15.7
1-10 total 46/200 36/200 36/200 48/228 51/238 280/1068 1:3.8
1-10 % 23% 18% 18% 21.1% 21.4% 26.2%  
11 2 2 3 5 1 13  
12 1** 2 0 1 2 6  
13 0 1 1 0 0 2  
14 0 1 0 3 1 5  
15 3 1 2 0 1 7  
16 2 2 0 2 3 9  
17 1 2 0 0 1 4  
18 3 3 0 3 1 10  
19 0 0 0 1 2 3  
20 3 2 3 0 2 10  
11-20 Total 15/200 16/199 9/200 15/237 14/240 69/1076 1:15.6
11-20 % 7.5% 8% 4.5% 6.3% 5.8% 6.4%  
21 3 0 0 1 2 6  
22 2 1 0 2 1 6  
23 0 0 0 1 0 1  
24 1 0 1 0 1 3  
25 1 1 0 1 1 4  
26 0 0 1 2^ 0 3  
27 1 1 0 0 1*** 3  
28 1 0 1 0 0 2  
29 0 0 1 0 1 2  
30 1 0 0 0 0 1  
21-30 Total 10/176 3/191 3/183 7/220 7/234 31/1004 1:32.4
21-30 % 5.7% 1.6% 1.6% 3.2% 3.0% 3.1%  
31-40 5/129 3.9% 8/142 4% 5/160^^ 3.1% 4/144 2.8% 6/175 3.4% 28/750 3.7% 1:26.8
41-50 4/64 6.3% 2/66 3% 4/124 3.2% 0/60 0% 3/87 3.4% 13/407 3.2% 1:31.3
Totals 80/739 80/808 57/867 74/889 81/974 421/4305  
Overall % 10.8% 9.9% 6.7% 8.3% 8.3% 9.8%  
Notable draft picks from 60's

*- Bucky Dent **-Nolan Ryan ***-Ken Griffey ^- Bob Forsch ^^ Mike Marshall 37th round










In 1965 TN had 14 players drafted that were either from TN or played at a TN school. Of these, only one, Clyde Wright made the big leagues. Wright, who played at Carson-Newman College, was drafted in the 6th round, 107th overall. Wright pitched in 9 seasons of MLB, mainly for the California Angels.
TN only had 5 draftee's in 1966, none of which ever played MLB.
In '67, 18 players were drafted from TN schools. Two players, 2nd round pick David Sells of Sullivan South HS. Sells played parts of 5 seasons with California and the LA Dodgers. That same year, Sam Ewing of Overton HS was picked in the 45th round. Ewing played parts of 4 seasons with the Chicago White Sox and Toronto. Ewing was the lowest TN pick in the 60's to ever make the big leagues. Ewing left for pro ball in '71 when he was drafted in the January Secondary.
1968 saw three TN draft picks find big league diamonds. Wayne Garland (Cohn HS/5th round), Ross Grimsley (Frayser HS/8th) and Mike Willis (Hillsboro HS/25th round). TN also had a June Secondary draftee, Ed Goodson of ETSU, drafted as the third pick of the draft who played big league ball. Garland and Grimsley did not sign in '68. Both were drafted again in 1969 and signed.
In '69, other than Garland and Grimsley, TN had 19 players drafted total. None of these guys ever played an inning. Among the drafted was future Motlow State skipper, Don Rhoton.  The lowest ever draft pick to play in the big leagues from the 60's was drafted in 1969 - 75th round/1026 overall - Al Cowens... Cowens played 13 seasons with KC Royals, Detroit, California and Seattle. Interestingly enough, Nashville native, Butch Stinson was drafted from Cohn HS in the 75th round but did not sign.

 

   MLB Draft Part II: The 70's

Year/Round 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 70's Total % MLB by Rd
# of Players who made it to the MLB for at least a cup of coffee / # Drafted total
1 10 15 14 15 17 12 14 14 14 15 140/246 56.9
2 8 10 9 7 13 8 9* 11 11 11 95/246 38.6
3 5 9 8 13 7 9 8 8 11 13 91/246 37.0
4 4 4 7 1 7 6^ 7 9 10 8 63/246 25.6
5 6 7 5 8 6 8 8# 10 7 7 72/246 29.3
6 6 3 7 5 4& 7 6 6 8 5 57/246 23.2
7 4 9 3 3 9 3 7 6 5 7 56/246 22.8
8 6** 3 4 7 5 2 5 4 5 2 43/246 17.5
9 4 3 5 3 3 6 5 5 3 5 42/246 17.1
10 5 3 5 3 6 5 1 4 3 6 41/246 16.7
1-10 total 58/240 66/240 54/240 65/240 77/240 66/240 72/240 77/135/260 77/260 86/260 698/2460  
1-10 % 24.2% 27.5% 22.5% 27.1% 32.1% 27.5% 30.0% 29.6% 29.6% 33.1% 28.4%  
11 4 4 4 1 1 3 5 5 8 5 40/246 16.3
12 2 4 5 2 5 4 7 3 3 4 39/246 15.8
13 2 3 3 4 2 1 3 2 1 4 25/246 10.2
14 4 2 4 1 4 4 3 5 6 1 19/246 7.7
15 3 1 4 2 3 2! 3 4 4 3 29/246 11.8
16 0 0 4 1 3 4 4 1 6 5 28/246 11.4
17 2 2 4 2 0 2 4@ 5 4^^^ 4 29/246 11.8
18 4 0 2 4 4 2 3 4 4 1 28/246 11.4
19 2 3 2 1 4 4 1 3 3 1 24/246 9.8
20 2 0 3 0 1 2 1 4 2 4 19/246 7.7
11-20 Total 25/240 19/240 33/240 18/240 27/240 28/240 34/240 36/260 41/260 32/260 293/2460 0
11-20 % 10.4% 7.9% 13.8% 7.5% 11.3% 11.7% 14.2% 13.8% 15.7% 12.3% 11.9% 0
21 2 1 2 4 0 4 3 1 4 0 21/246 8.5
22 2 1 3 1 2 5 2 5 1 1 23/246 9.3
23 2 4 1 2 1 4 2 4 2 4 26/246 10.6
24 1 0 4 0 1 0 2 2 4 1 15/246 6.1
25 2 1 1 1 2 1 0 2 1 3 14/246 5.7
26 1 1 2 1 2 0 1 2 1 3 14/246 5.7
27 2 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 3 3 15/246 6.1
28 1 0 2 2 2 0 2 1 0 0 10/246 4.1
29 2 1 0 0 1 2 1 1 3 4 15/246 6.1
30 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 10/246 4.1
21-30 Total 16/240 11/240 17/240 13/240 12/240 18/240 15/240 19/260 21/260 25/260 167/2460 0
21-30 % 6.7% 4.6% 7.1% 5.4% 5.0% 7.7% 6.3% 7.3% 8.1% 9.6% 6.9% 3.1%
31-40 4/135 2.9% 7/101 6.9% 4/98 4.1% 3/61 4.9% 5/70 7.1% 3/30 10% 5/53 9.4% 3/63 4.8% 3/69 4.3% 8/107 7.5% 45/787 5.7
41-50 0/53 0% 1/23 4.3% 0/19 0% 2/25 8% 0/2 0% 0/0 0/0 0/2 0% 1/15 7% 1/11 9.1% 5/150 3.3
Totals 103/908 104/844 108/837 101/806 121/792 115/750 126/773 135/845 143/864 152/898 1208/8317  
Overall % 11.3 % 12.3% 12.9% 12.5% 15.3% 15.3% 16.3% 16% 16.6% 16.9% 14.5  
TN MLB/Drafted 2/13 5/22 1/21 0/22 4/19 3/23 2/20 3/16 2/13 2/17 24/186 12.9
Top TN Pick by Year
1970 - Eddie Sherlin/Gallatin HS  4th Rd/#85
1971 - Larry Herndon/Douglas HS (Memphis) 3rd Rd/#54 (MLB)
1972 - Bobby Goodman/Bishop Byrne HS (Memphis) 1st Rd/#5
1973 - Butch Stinson/Lipscomb U 7th Rd/#143
1974 - Ted Shipley/Vanderbilt U 1st Rd/#14
1975 - Bo McLaughlin/Lipscomb U 1st Rd/#14 (MLB)
1976 - Dom Chiti/Raliegh Egypt HS (Memphis) 2nd Rd/#27
1977 - Scott Sanderson/Vanderbilt U 3rd Rd/#54
1978 - Michael Taylor/Columbia State CC 3rd Rd/#62
1979 - Atlee Hammaker/ETSU 1st Rd/#21  (MLB)
 
Other Notable Draftee's
Charlie Lea drafted 4 times - 1975 June Reg 15/342, 1976 June Sec 2/37, 1977 Jan Sec 4/61, 1978 June Reg 3/62*
* - 1976 2nd Round: #27 Dom Chiti RHP Raliegh Egypt HS  (Memphis, TN)
^-1975 4th Round: #93 Mike Wright SS Father Ryan HS  (Nashville, TN)
#- 1976 5th Round: # 118 Mike Smithson RHP UT(Hickman Co. HS)
&- 1974 6th Round: #131 Eddie (Ed) Whitson RHP Unicoi Co. HS  (Erwin, TN)
**- 1970 8th Round: # 171 Phil Garner IF  UT (Bearden HS) (Knoxville, TN)
!- 1975 15th Round: #342 Charlie Lea LHP  Kingsbury HS (Memphis, TN)
@- 1976 17th Round: #405 Rick Honeycutt UT (Chattanooga, TN)
^^^- 1978 17th Round: #431 Mark Smith David Lipscomb HS (Nashville, TN)
 

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