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more from Kendal Rodgers - his Preseason chat: http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=7938
Comment From NatsGM
Outstanding work and thanks for doing a college baseball chat when the weather outside is still freezing! Any prospects on the 2013 MD Terps squad and how does their team do in general this year?
I'd keep an eye on RHP/3B Jake Stinnett, LHP Jimmy Reed and 1B Tim Kiene. All three are very talented prospects. The most impressive prospect on this team probably is 6-foot-3, 222-pound, sophomore third baseman K.J. Hockaday, but he's part of the 2014 draft class.
Sorenson ranks us #83
83- MARYLAND (32-24)
New coach John Szefc is no stranger to success, having taken Marist to four NCAA tournaments when he was there. Top prospect K.J. Hockaday will man the hot corner again and LHP Jimmy Reed returns after turning down the pros as a 21st round pick.
Notable positions on stichead's list
5 NC State
50 Wake Forest
"Maryland football: Where everybody gets hurt and the starting left tackle has an existential crisis."
MSU and the 3 directional Michigans are rated higher too. UMich had a down year(10th in the league) there is talent there so he will look like a hero when they make the B10 tourny.
It was good to see Rogers praise the coaching staff for their recruiting efforts. That was my biggest worry with Szefc. Everything else about him screams good hire so if he can maintain recruiting I think we're going to be in the NCAAs sooner rather than later.
I wonder what joining the B10 will do for baseball. ACC was always going to be tough to compete in but I thought it was a major selling point with recruits. B10 offers us a better shot at competing but I'm worried recruits will be turned off by the colder climate.
It will do zero for recruiting...and getting ACC caliber talent was already difficult.
The ACC was UMD's major selling point for baseball B1G. In B1G, they lose that and will lose the battle in facilities to places like PSU, OSU, MIch Purdue etc. with new/ minor league fields. Maybe the influx of cash will eventually be funneled to baseball for major upgrades that rival B1G facilities
Like the black with M, but only need one turtle hat
Our hats were better the last two years.
The selling point Szefc is using is that Clemson, FL ST and others will bolt the ACC when the UMD/ACC lawsuit is settled, therefore, the ACC will never be what is is now. Also, they are selling the idea that Shipley will be demolished, an indoor football facility will go there and a new baseball stadium will be built down by Comcast.
With the weather warming up, baseball season is less than 3 weeks away. Yeah, like actual games. Terps open up against LSU, should be a good test.
Gonna try and enjoy that high level of baseball while it lasts. It'll be tough for Szefc to keep the recruiting success alive while trying to recruit kids to play in the B1G.
To answer one of the questions further up in this post, yes, all the home games and some road games will be broadcasted live on WMUC Sports Radio. I'll be on the call for a bunch of them.
This should be the peak year for the team. The freshman class is absolutely stacked and the leadership is there in Reed, Kiene, Kirkpatrick and Hockaday
MARYLAND (32-24, 10-20)
2012 ISR: 52
Starters Returning: 7
Weekend Starters: 1
Mid-Week Starters: 1
Key Relievers (15+inns.): 1
All Conference Candidates:
3B K.J. Hockaday (.305-2-27)
INF/RHP Jake Stinnett (.250 and 0-0, 3.38, .250OBA)
LHP Jimmy Reed (1-3, 2.70, 8svs)
OF Jordan Hagel (.317-3-24)
- The Terrapins made big strides in the 2012 season, even getting some chatter in the post-season at-large discussion (although I’m still convinced that their resume wasn’t bad but that 10-20 ACC mark killed them). That’s been rare air for this UMd program and also shows signs that the Terps could be ready for bigger and better things ahead.
- After head honcho Erik Bakich left to take the Michigan job, John Szefc enters the picture as the new 5-star chef behind the Terrapin order counter. Szefc comes to College Park from Kansas State, where he has been an assistant for the past two seasons. Szefc was also the former head coach at Marist and led the Foxes to four NCAA tournament bids in his seven seasons at the helm.
- I like Szefc’s first hire for an assistant coach: James Belanger, the former pitching coach at Monmouth. In his four years there, the Hawks led the Northeast Conference in strikeouts three times and were in the top two of the ERA each season.
- K.J. Hockaday was the top prospect in last summer’s Cal Ripken Summer League and could be ready for a breakout season in 2013. Also keep tabs on frosh Kevin Mooney, a RHP who was named the No. 5 rated pro prospect in the Ripken League as well.
- LHP Jimmy Reed comes back to the Terps for his senior year despite getting drafted in the 21st round of the amateur draft last June.
- Speaking of the greenhorns coming to the roster, the Terrapins have a good class that should plug some immediate holes. Along with Kevin Mooney mentioned above, also look for RHP Jared Price (a 33rd round draft pick last June), LHP Jake Drossner (23rd round pick) and LHP Alex Robinson, whom the new coaching staff is really high on. Both flingers are good sized and reach the low-90s with ease.
I don't get all the hype for Stinnett. he hasn't really done much in his 2 years.
BA preview is out. They have 8 ACC teams making the tournament but not MD. Predicted record is 32-24 (10-20). Hockaday ranks 8th in 2014 draft prospects, no Terps among 2013 draft prospects or newcomers.
Maryland and Duke break in new head coaches. The Terrapins nearly doubled their win total (from 17 to 32) in three seasons under Erik Bakich, who left to take over at Michigan. John Szefc, most recently an assistant at Louisiana-Lafayette, Kansas State and Kansas, takes over with a successful head-coaching resume, having won 61 percent of his games in seven seasons at Marist from 1996-2002, with three straight regional trips to end his stint. He takes over a relatively deep roster that needs closer LHP Jimmy Reed (1-3, 2.70, 8 SV) to shine in the Friday starter role. He made six starts last season.
Our preseason predictions see eight different ACC teams getting bids to the NCAA tournament, led by No. 1 North Carolina.
Preview has them 4th in division but gives tourney nod to va tech who they predict 5th on the other side. I think the records listed are last years results.
Lead off banquet on Friday at UA headquarters
Maryland Baseball @UMTerpsBaseball
New game uni's! #TerpNation http://instagr.am/p/VXlkjavorz/
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"I like fixing broken things" - Kevin Plank
Those jerseys look really nice too
Not crazy about the jerseys or hats, given how nice they've been the last couple years, but those batting helmets are siiiiiiiick.
oh my god helmets
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