The Inside Pitch
With the Labor Day weekend bearing down on us it’s time to begin gearing up for the fall baseball season.
The 10th Annual Arizona Diamond Report Fall Showcase Workouts will be held on Wednesday October 4, 2017 (2020/2021 grads) and Wednesday October 11, 2017 (2018/2019 grads). Both events will be held at Phoenix College with 6:00 PM start times.
Invitations will begin going out in the next couple of days.
To recommend a player or request an invite please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The coaching carousel continues to spin in Arizona, with several high school jobs remaining unfilled.
The job at Chaparral remains open as of right now, but a new coach is to be named at any time as interviews were completed last week.
In the west valley, Valley Vista is looking for a Head Coach after Ernesto Ortiz resigned to take the Assistant Coach position at the new Ottawa University program starting play in 2017/2018.
Ernesto assumes the role vacated by longtime Phoenix area fixture Ryan Cisterna (former Grand Canyon assistant and Gilbert High grad).
Ryan has accepted one of the Assistant Coach jobs with Cal State Bakersfield and begins immediately.
This is good news for Phoenix area players, as CSUB is one of the few California state schools that will recruit out of state players, and Ryan obviously has great ties here.
Join me in congratulation one of our own on his new position.
Some shakeups in the MLB Area Scout ranks are coming soon.
Texas Rangers Scout Josh Simpson was promoted and will take over an area that includes North Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Tampa Rays’ Scout Ryan Henderson was promoted to a Pitcher Cross-Checking position.
In addition, a handful of long time guys were notified that their contracts would not be renewed.
So goes the world of professional baseball.
The fall activity will kick off in earnest the weekend of September 8-10.
Perfect Game has their Underclass Fall Tournament in the West Valley.
The Rockies Scout Team Invitational will take place at Talking Stick.
If you are attending these events, don’t expect to see any D1 college coaches as the NCAA Quiet Period is in effect until September 14.
All Star Baseball Academy is looking for a 2018 or 2019 Pitcher for the fall College Scout team. ASBA will play 6 college teams, 1 High School Scout team, 2 Perfect Game tournaments and the AZ Fall Classic. Pitchers will pitch in every game at least 1 inning and multiple innings in tournaments. Play starts September 9 against South Mountain CC. Please contact Roumaldo Romero if you are interested (602-339-7367).
How about Mesquite grad Zach Davies, who is tied with Zach Greinke for the MLB lead in wins with 16?
If you are a pitcher who doesn’t understand the importance of an effective change up, watch this guy on the hill and you will understand.
It’s been an incredible summer for O’Connor’s Nolan Gorman and Mountain Ridge’s Matthew Liberatore, and the two begin play today with the USA Baseball 18U National Team in the WBSC Baseball World Cup in Thunder Bay, Canada.
The USA team opens against the Netherlands this morning, and Gorman will be playing 3B and hitting in the 3 hole.
(An aside comment: if you are ranking AZ players, and you don’t have these two as 1-2 in whatever order, please stop and find something better to do with your spare time)
I won’t go on about the incredible power display Gorman has shown this summer, winning multiple home run derbies and further proving that he is an elite bat in multiple national events.
I will say this, and I said it after his sophomore year: He’s the best high school bat I’ve seen around these parts.
I won’t gush about Liberatore either, other than to say that he is the best left handed pitching prospect we have had since Kyle Lobstein, and I think he will be better than Kyle.
It’s looking very likely that, if both stay healthy, we will have a pair of first round draftees next summer for the first time since I have been around here.