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RE: Baseball Recruiting
(02-06-2019 04:51 PM)waltgreenberg Wrote:  
(02-06-2019 04:06 PM)Fort Bend Owl Wrote:  Today is also baseball signing day. I can't tell if these are new names or repeats from earlier in the thread.

Matthew Santos, a LHP/1B from Cy Creek, and Jack Conlon, a RHP from San Jac (originally Sugar Land Clements) have signed with Rice. Conlon might be a big pick-up - he originally was a 4th round draft pick out of high school (went to A&M for one year and then San Jac this year), and Perfect Game has his top velocity at 94.

https://www.perfectgame.org/Players/Play...?ID=417040

That's the 2019 ace Bragga was looking for....and he was definitely looking for an experienced one out of the JUCO ranks. 04-bow

Here's some additional info on Conlon, who was hardly used by A&M as a Freshman, who decided to go first to JUCO so he could pitch immediately without sitting out a year. He also pitched in the Cape last Summer...

http://www.chathamanglers.com/index.cfm?...cleID=1473
02-07-2019 09:36 AM
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Hopefully the injury situation has been resolved. Last thing we need is another pitcher that’s damaged goods... Good to see he pitched a bunch on the Cape though.
02-07-2019 09:41 AM
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(02-07-2019 09:41 AM)ExcitedOwl18 Wrote:  Hopefully the injury situation has been resolved. Last thing we need is another pitcher that’s damaged goods... Good to see he pitched a bunch on the Cape though.

what injury situation?
02-07-2019 03:50 PM
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Whatever caused the issue that prevented him from signing out of high school.
02-07-2019 03:53 PM
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RE: Baseball Recruiting
(02-07-2019 03:50 PM)HawaiiOwl Wrote:  
(02-07-2019 09:41 AM)ExcitedOwl18 Wrote:  Hopefully the injury situation has been resolved. Last thing we need is another pitcher that’s damaged goods... Good to see he pitched a bunch on the Cape though.
what injury situation?
(02-07-2019 03:53 PM)ExcitedOwl18 Wrote:  Whatever caused the issue that prevented him from signing out of high school.

From the article that Walt posted above:

Quote:Conlon was Baseball America’s No. 239 prospect heading into the 2017 MLB Draft. On day two of the draft, he received a call from the Baltimore Orioles. ...

Conlon was drafted in the fourth round with the No. 128 overall selection. However, he would never sign on the dotted line.

Baltimore saw something in his physical they did not like and did not offer him a deal. Because the Orioles had not offered him at least 40 percent of the pick’s slot value, he became a free agent. He was the first draftee to become a free agent since Barret Loux in 2010.

Conlon fielded offers from other teams and he soon had another agreement, this time with the San Francisco Giants, which also fell through.

“It was a weird summer,” Conlon said. “The process took a couple of months. It was very, very drawn out.”

So instead of heading to the minors, Conlon decided to go two hours north of Sugar Land to College Station to attend Texas A&M.

A source told Ken Rosenthal that the Giants had found a different problem from the one that caused the Orioles to back off: https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status...7763261440

But also, there's this (in the article that Walt had posted), which should make him an excellent fit at Rice:

Quote:One day, Conlon wants to be able to reach his ultimate goal of reaching the big leagues. Whether he succeeds or not, he still wants to be able to use baseball for something different — help bring awareness to spinal cord injuries.

Conlon has a direct connection to the injury. His uncle is paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury, and Conlon wants to use his platform to bring recognition and raise money.

“Being able to walk around and play baseball, I know he would give a lot to walk around for a day,” Conlon said. “You never want to take anything for granted.”

In addition, Conlon wants to help with research for other causes, such as cancer.

The legacy Conlon wants to leave does not involve firing fastballs past hitters or striking out batter after batter. He just wants to be remembered as a good person.

“I feel like I am still writing my story,” Conlon said, “My grandma always used to tell me, ‘You don’t want to be remembered as Jack Conlon the baseball player, you want to be remembered as Jack Conlon the person.’”
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This story from The Athletic made me wonder if Rice uses this resource or similar things. The story is behind a paywall, but I will copy/paste a few parts here. The interesting part to me is not about the player (Chris Nunn) but rather the Pitching Ninja website.

https://theathletic.com/791324/2019/01/3...w-venture/


Quote:“There’s always that adage that ‘if you’re good, you’ll be found,’ and it’s just not true,” says Rob Friedman. You probably know Rob as @PitchingNinja on Twitter. His new project FlatGround is designed to fix that problem by signal-boosting the bullpen sessions of pitchers looking to be recruited by colleges or professional teams. “There were too many barriers, too many silos,” Friedman continues. “It had to be broken down at some point (but) I didn’t know it would happen this quickly.”


“I saw that, and I thought ‘Wait a second. How is somebody throwing 102 and they’re not in affiliated ball? That doesn’t make any sense,'” says Friedman. “But it was true, and they both credited the tweets with getting them seen, so I started thinking: if there are guys throwing 102 that are falling through the cracks, then what about the kids throwing 88, 90? They go to a small high school, they don’t have travel teams near them, they can’t get to a Perfect Game showcase. Geographically, I think there are limitations. Financially, there are limitations … not to mention international ball.”

And so, on December 27th, announced with a simple tweet, Flatground was born. The premise was simple: send in your videos. If they impressed Friedman, they’d get signal-boosted to any scouts, coaches, schools or organization that bothered to keep an eye on the account.
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