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  1. BULLS START GEARING UP FOR 2020 SEASON UNDER THE LIGHTS January 25, 2020 By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, JAN. 24, 2020 – Head coach Billy Mohl's motivated Bulls got right into game mode during the first team practice of the 2020 season on Friday night. Under the bright lights at USF Baseball Stadium, the new-look coaching staff got a good glimpse of the players' offseason progress during intrasquad action. Two more scrimmages are set to take place over the weekend, as USF goes full speed ahead in preparing for the regular season that begins with a home series against Marist College Feb. 14-16. "Seeing how much development took place over the last six weeks is gonna be a fun thing to watch," Mohl said. "We're trying to get in the swing of things, gets these guys in a game day atmosphere, get them under the lights and simulate a three-game series as best as we can." One huge benefit for the Bulls this weekend, and throughout the preseason, is having lots of options available. Much to Mohl's enjoyment, USF has returned to the field much healthier than it was during the 2019 season, especially in the pitching department. "Given the injuries we had last year, it was tough. We were short-staffed," sophomore catcher Julio Cortez said. "This year, we have new JUCO arms that came in. We have a couple freshmen we're really excited about." Cortez (Weston, Fla.) led the Bulls with a .354 batting average last season and he'll share a bulk of the catching duties with healthy redshirt junior Jake Sullivan (Tampa). Together, the four-man catching unit gets to work with 11 returning pitchers and more talent from a group of 12 newcomers overall. Nine position starters also bring valuable experience back to the Bulls. "I feel confident with this group," said Mohl, who added team chemistry is at an "all-time high" right now entering his third year as USF's head coach. #CarryTheBoat Coach Mohl credits his players for their offseason efforts of building a close-team culture that includes a catchy, new slogan. #CarryTheBoat will be something Bulls fans see often on Twitter this season. Redshirt junior infielder/outfielder Riley Hogan (Orlando) brought the saying to Bulls' attention after finding inspiration from New York Times bestselling author David Goggins, a retired U.S. Navy Seal. "The guys love him, just because he's a self-made man," Mohl said. "When you go through Seal training, it takes the entire team to carry those boats as you're going through the beach sand. It's kind of the phrase that they came up with and it's kind of a team unity deal." Catcher Julio Cortez said the Bulls bring up the #CarryTheBoat slogan often and they'll continue to do so during the grind of the 54-game regular season. "It's something we use to pump us up before practice, before workouts," Cortez said. "Baseball is a very repetitive sport, so you've got to find motivation day-in and day-out. That's kind of our thing this year and that's what we're gonna use." Mitchell Earns Preseason Honors Promising outfielder Dontae Mitchell has already earned some preseason praise. Perfect Game USA has named the St. Petersburg, Fla., product out of Lakewood High School its 2020 Preseason Freshman of the Year for the American Athletic Conference. "He's a really talented player and he's a really hardworking kid," Mohl said. "He has all the tools to be successful." Described as an "elite defensive center fielder" by Mohl, Mitchell has the ability to play all three outfield positions for the Bulls, and his bat keeps getting better. "He didn't play a lot of travel ball, so he's very fresh," Mohl said. "He's like a blank slate and our hitting coaches have done a great job developing him. I'm excited for him." Former USF Standouts Headed to Spring Training 2020 Major League Baseball spring training will feature plenty of Bulls. Former standout USF pitchers Shane McClanahan (Tampa Bay), Phoenix Sanders (Tampa Bay) Jimmy Herget (Texas), Tommy Eveld (Miami) and Austin Adams (Seattle) have been to participate with their respective big league clubs. Kevin Merrill, an All-American shortstop for the Bulls in 2017, also will head to spring training with the Kansas City Royals. Congrats to @teveld on the big league invite with the @Marlins. He also has a little message for our fans. ?? #BayMade pic.twitter.com/KzFKdBokXJ — Billy Mohl (@USF_CoachMohl) January 21, 2020 "It starts in the recruiting process. Our assistant coaches have done a great job recruiting great players," Mohl said. "Our coaches also have done a great job developing them and allowing them to get to the level they're at. "Obviously, they've taken the next step now. They're Bay made and I'm proud of all those guys. They're great alums. They're always back here supporting our guys and I love following their careers." Get Your Tickets Fans can get a great deal by picking up the 2020 Double Play Pass, which includes admission to all USF baseball/softball regular-season home games for only $75. Purchase the mobile-only pass at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls. About USF Baseball The University of South Florida baseball program is one of the fastest rising programs in the country. The Bulls earned their third NCAA Regional berth in the last four seasons and had six all-conference selections in 2018. Four players were selected in the 2018 MLB Draft, including the program's fourth first rounder, pitcher Shane McClanahan. Third baseman David Villar was taken in the 11th round after being named first team all-conference and an All-American. The Bulls reached the NCAA Regionals in 2015 for the first time in 13 years and followed that success with a 42-19 record and second NCAA regional trip in three years in 2017. The Bulls continued the success in head coach Billy Mohl first season in 2018, reaching 36 wins and advancing to the semifinals of the conference tournament for the first time since 2012, while being ranked in multiple polls for the final two months of the season. The USF Baseball program has won five conference titles and the Bulls have made 13 NCAA appearances. FEB 14 (FRI) 7:00 PM VS MARIST TAMPA, FLA. RADIO: BULLS UNLIMITED LISTEN LIVE STATS TICKETS HISTORY FEB 15 (SAT) 4:30 PM VS MARIST TAMPA, FLA. RADIO: BULLS UNLIMITED LISTEN LIVE STATS TICKETS HISTORY FEB 16 (SUN) 1:00 PM VS MARIST TAMPA, FLA. RADIO: BULLS UNLIMITED 2 LISTEN LIVE STATS TICKETS HISTORY
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  4. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: 'Hungry' Bulls Begin 2020 Season With Home Series - USF Athletics BIT.LY PREVIEW: USF baseball season begins with three-game home series against Marist on Friday night. Click here to follow USF Baseball on Twitter Click here to like USF Baseball on Facebook 'HUNGRY' BULLS BEGIN 2020 SEASON WITH HOME SERIES USF baseball season begins with three-game home series against Marist on Friday night. By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA (Feb. 13, 2020) – Third-year head coach Billy Mohl is feeling good about his new-look Bulls after several months of solid preparation. USF will unveil its impressive mix of young and veteran talent when the program starts the 2020 season with a three-game home series against Marist College. Friday's opener is set for 7 p.m. at USF Baseball Stadium. “The culture of the team is really good. We've got senior leadership, junior leadership," Mohl said. "We've got cohesion on the coaching staff. Everybody is rowing the boat in the same direction right now." Coming off an injury-riddled 2019 campaign, USF has its sights set on getting back to the postseason with a much healthier roster that features 16 returning letter winners and 12 promising newcomers. "I think hungry is an understatement," said junior catcher Jake Sullivan (Tampa). "We're ready to go and there's no better feeling in the world than being prepared. I think this team is as prepared as any team out there." That's definitely a positive for a motivated Bulls squad that will be put to the test right away with five games in five days. Following the series against Marist, USF heads to Tallahassee to take on Florida A&M (Monday, 4 p.m.) and No. 12 Florida State (Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.). "We're gonna be able to see a lot of options out of the bullpen," Mohl said. "It will be a good learning experience for us in terms of what we have heading into the home series against Northeastern the following week (Feb. 22-23)." Starting Rotation Taking Shape Mohl is "pretty confident" about his opening weekend rotation. He also has plan for USF's five-game run after watching his pitchers shine during last weekend's intrasquad action. Senior right-hander Collin Sullivan is scheduled to get the ball in the season opener for the second straight year. The Randolph, Mass., native led the Bulls last season in strikeouts (73) and innings pitched (81.2). Sullivan had 11 quality starts of at least five innings in 14 overall starts as a junior. Freshman right-hander Jack Jasiak (Spring Hill, Fla.) has been rewarded with a start on Saturday for impressing all preseason. The former F.W. Springstead High School standout is one of six freshmen on USF's pitching staff, but Jasiak doesn't act like it. "He's more mature than most freshmen," Mohl said. "His work ethic is much like an upperclassman. His preparation, everything he does, is consistent, it's thoughtful. He's got a chance to be a special player for us moving forward." Redshirt junior Carson Ragsdale (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) will make his return as a starter Sunday after missing all of last season due to Tommy John surgery. Prior to the setback, the right-hander struck out 24 in 21.1 innings of relief in 2018 and he's back to his old ways. "He's fully recovered. Obviously, the last thing to come back usually with the Tommy John guys is their command," Mohl said. "Last Sunday, he ended up with eight strikeouts, one walk. I think he gave up two hits in five innings. He looked really good this past weekend." Once opening weekend is in the books, Baron Stuart is slated to start at Florida A&M on Monday afternoon. The junior right-hander from Okeechobee, Fla., went 4-3 in 10 starts last season. "Tuesday's game at Florida State will be to be determined, based on who we use on the weekend," Mohl said. Youth Will Serve Early Another thing that stood out to Mohl this preseason is USF's freshman talent and fans will get a good look right away. Speedy Dontae Mitchell is penciled in as USF's starter in center field for opening night. The St. Petersburg, Fla., product out of Lakewood High School was Perfect Game USA's preseason AAC Freshman of the Year selection. "He's a real exciting player," Mohl said. "I look forward to seeing what he's gonna do this year." On Mitchell's right will be another freshman in the outfield. Daniel Cantu (Jacksonville, Fla.) is scheduled to start in left field on Friday night. The former Creekside High School standout was named Class 7A, Region 4 Player of the Year as a prep senior and St. Johns County Player of the Year as a junior. Experience and Familiarity on New Coaching Staff Mohl's new coaching staff features familiar faces and plenty of winning experience. Assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Bo Durkac worked with Mohl at Illinois State from 2010-14. Durkac served as head coach of the Redbirds from 2015-18. "It's like we haven't missed a beat," Mohl said. "He takes a lot of pride in what he does with the development of our hitters." Assistant coach Alan Kunkel headed to Tampa after winning a pair of Class 4A state titles in four seasons as head varsity coach of Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "He's had tons of success at the high school level," Mohl said. "His ability to relate to these guys and to teach the fundamentals of the game is second to none." Volunteer assistant coach Karsten Whitson was a first-round pick by San Diego in 2010 and an 11th-round selection by Boston in 2014. Prior to pro ball, he pitched on two SEC champion/College World Series teams during his Florida career (2010-14). Whitson was an assistant coach at Pensacola State College the past two seasons. "He had a great career and he's a really good coach," Mohl said. "He relates well to our guys and it's great to have him helping me with the pitching." Director of Operations Greg Parris has returned for his 19th season with the program. Know the Opponent – Marist College · Marist College (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) enters its 11th season under the leadership of head coach Chris Tracz, who once played with Mohl in the Cape Cod Baseball League. · Marist posted a 27-26 record in 2019, two seasons after winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship. The Red Foxes made an appearance in the 2017 Gainesville Regional. · Junior right-hander Alex Pansini and sophomore right-hander Erubiel Candelario have been named starters for the first two games of the season-opening series. · Marist received top-25 votes in the USA TODAY preseason coaches' poll. Get Your Tickets Fans can get a great deal by picking up the 2020 Double Play Pass, which includes admission to all USF baseball/softball regular-season home games for only $75. Purchase the mobile-only pass at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls.
  5. Maybe he can find a stick this year. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2020/01/nationals-sign-kevin-quackenbush.html
  6. I wanted to let those who are interested, that I am starting a Fantasy Baseball Keeper League this year. If you are interested at all, feel free to message me here and I will send you all of the details. I've borrowed some elements from the Bullspen Keeper League and it will be a mixture of people from the 'Pen and else where.
  7. 3 ACC teams, A weekend series with UF, 8 games in 10 days, 12 in the first 16, to start the season and series against NorthEastern & Northwestern. A couple of midweek games still need to be hashed out v FGCU or Jacksonville but for the most part here is the schedule. Gonna be a hoot! Friday, February 14, 2020 vMarist Saturday, February 15, 2020 vMarist Sunday, February 16, 2020 vMarist Monday, February 17, 2020 @FAMU Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @FSU Friday, February 22, 2019 vNorthEastern Saturday, February 22, 2020 vNorthEastern Sunday, February 23, 2020 vNorthEastern Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @Miami Friday, February 28, 2020 vNW Saturday, February 29, 2020 vNW Sunday, March 1, 2020 vNW Midweek Open Friday, March 6, 2020 @Florida Saturday, March 7, 2020 @Florida Sunday, March 8, 2020 @Florida Tuesday, March 10, 2020 vPitt Wednesday, March 11, 2020 vFAMU Friday, March 13, 2020 vFairfield Saturday, March 14, 2020 vFairfield Sunday, March 15, 2020 vFairfield Tuesday, March 17, 2020 @BCC Friday, March 20, 2020 vMemphis Saturday, March 21, 2020 vMemphis Sunday, March 22, 2020 vMemphis Tuesday, March 24, 2020 vStetson Friday, March 27, 2020 @Houston Saturday, March 28, 2020 @Houston Sunday, March 29, 2020 @Houston Tuesday, March 31, 2020 vUNF Friday, April 3, 2020 vUConn Saturday, April 4, 2020 vUConn Sunday, April 5, 2020 vUConn Tuesday, April 7, 2020 @Stetson Thursday, April 9, 2020 @Cin Friday, April 10, 2020 @Cin Saturday, April 11, 2020 @Cin Wednesday, April 15, 2020 @UNF Friday, April 17, 2020 vTulane Saturday, April 18, 2020 vTulane Sunday, April 19, 2020 vTulane Tuesday, April 21, 2020 @BCC Friday, April 24, 2020 @WichitaSt Saturday, April 25, 2020 @WichitaSt Sunday, April 26, 2020 @WichitaSt Midweek Open Friday, May 1, 2020 vUCF Saturday, May 2, 2020 vUCF Sunday, May 3, 2020 vUCF Midweek Open Friday, May 8, 2020 Saturday, May 9, 2020 Sunday, May 10, 2020 Midweek Open Friday, May 15, 2020 @ECU Saturday, May 16, 2020 @ECU Sunday, May 17, 2020 @ECU
  8. For the two other baseball fans, not sure if ya saw this, wonder if this will wrap a spot for our ole boy https://www.mlb.com/rangers/news/jimmy-herget-claimed-by-rangers
  9. More baseball..... Looks like the longest active Bull in the majors is, hopefully, temporarily, out of a job "Relievers A.J. Cole, Tyler Olson, Tyler Clippard, Dan Otero, Cody Anderson, Danny Salazar and Nick Goody are no longer with the Tribe. Cole signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays, while Goody was claimed by the Rangers." https://www.cleveland.com/tribe/2019/12/cleveland-indians-max-out-40-man-roster-by-re-signing-rhp-james-hoyt.html
  10. This is what I've come up with thus far, if anyone has any extra info let me know. Somewhere in there we are @ Cinn, @ECU, @ WSU, and home v Memphis and UCF. So thats 5 weekends yet to be scheduled plus a bye makes 6, so that leave 2 OOC teams maybe 3 if the season starts 2/14 instead of 2/21 but with that Monday game against FAMU scheduled (according to famu) idk how realisztic that is. So whatever, take it for whats its worth. Just looking ahead. Monday, February 17, 2020 1600 @FAMU Friday, March 06, 2020 1830 @Florida Saturday, March 07, 2020 1600 @Florida Sunday, March 08, 2020 1300 @Florida Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1800 vFAMU Saturday, March 14, 2020 vFairfield Sunday, March 15, 2020 vFairfield Monday, March 16, 2020 vFairfield Tuesday, March 24, 2020 1830 vStetson Friday, March 27, 2020 1830 @Houston Saturday, March 28, 2020 1830 @Houston Sunday, March 29, 2020 1830 @Houston Friday, April 03, 2020 vUConn Saturday, April 04, 2020 vUConn Sunday, April 05, 2020 vUConn Tuesday, April 07, 2020 1830 @Stetson Friday, April 17, 2020 vTulane Saturday, April 18, 2020 vTulane Sunday, April 19, 2020 vTulane
  11. Shane has made two starts for the Charlotte Stonecrabs since his promotion and has been awesome so far: https://www.nbc-2.com/story/40688677/cape-coral-native-returns-home-to-pitch-for-the-charlotte-stonecrabs
  12. Hoping this isnt a repeat since this is a couple days old, but July 14: Athletics acquire Homer Bailey from Royals The A’s added a starter for cheap, acquiring Bailey in exchange for infield prospect Kevin Merrell (ranked Oakland’s 17th-best prospect). Bailey is a free agent after the season and is owed just $250k. https://www.masslive.com/redsox/2019/07/mlb-trade-deadline-tracker-2019-full-list-of-completed-deals.html
  13. Gulf Breeze's Brandon Schrepf earns place in German national baseball program Eric J. Wallace, Pensacola News Journal Published 3:39 p.m. CT July 19, 2019 Excerpt: University of South Florida outfielder Brandon Schrepf, a 2018 Gulf Breeze High grad, has found a place in the German national baseball program, which is preparing for international competitions this fall. Born into a military family from Penzing, a small municipality in southern Germany, Schrepf holds German citizenship and has long hoped for the chance to play baseball at the international level. ... Schrepf made the cut for Germany’s 70-man national team squad in May. Later in the summer, German national team head coach Steve Janssen, formerly a Chicago Cubs pitching coach, informed Schrepf that he’d made the final 20-man roster for the German U23 National Baseball Team. More
  14. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/30yGkaa Mohl Completes Coaching Staff with Addition of Bo Durkac Durkac recently coached at Miami for a season after nine seasons at Illinois State, four as head coach TAMPA, July 16, 2019 – Head coach Billy Mohl is excited to welcome the final addition to his coaching staff with the hiring of Bo Durkac. Durkac will serve as an assistant coach, working with the infielders and hitters as well as holding the responsibilities of recruiting coordinator. He spent the 2019 season as the volunteer assistant coach at the University of Miami. After missing the NCAA Tournament in 2017 and 2018, the Hurricanes went 41-20 last year, returning to postseason play and winning two games at the Starkville Regional. Durkac aided in the development of Raymond Gil, who was named to the All-ACC Third Team. Miami hit just .231 as a team in 2017 and .257 in 2018. With the help of Durkac instructing the offense, the Hurricanes finished fourth in the ACC with a .291 batting average in 2019. They led the conference and finished 10th nationally with 85 home runs and led the league with a .472 slugging percentage. “I am thrilled to announce our newest assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, Bo Durkac,” said Mohl. “I had the pleasure of working with Bo for five years while we were assistants together under Mark Kingston at Illinois State. He was a large part of turning Illinois State into a premier program in the Midwest during our time there. Bo has a relentless work ethic on the recruiting trail and on the field. There is no doubt in my mind our players will reach their potential working with him every day. More importantly, Bo is a high-character individual and I am looking forward to him, his wife Heather, his son Gabe, and his daughter Dylan joining the Bulls family.” Durkac and Mohl are no strangers to one another, coaching on the same staff while at Illinois State from 2010-14. Durkac spent nine seasons with the Redbirds (2010-2018), including the last four as head coach. Illinois State consistently ranked among the MVC’s top offensive teams during Durkac’s tenure, and 17 student-athletes to play under Durkac were selected in the MLB Draft, including St. Louis Cardinals All-Star shortstop Paul De Jong. “Coach Durkac is a dedicated baseball coach who has professional playing experience and has a strong desire to learn and teach the game at the highest level,” said De Jong. Durkac went 82-124 as head coach at Illinois State. The team made the third-largest jump in DI RPI from 2017-2018, going from No. 268 to No. 118. That team had the 40th best offense nationally and the 40th best fielding percentage. The team went 5-5 against NCAA Tournament at-large opponents in 2018. The 2016 recruiting class was ranked No. 2 in the MVC and the program had five-straight 30-win seasons during his time. The team won its first-ever outright Missouri Valley Conference regular season title, set the MVC record with eight first-team all-conference selections and won a program record 39 games in 2013. Durkac made sure his teams were just as successful off the field, averaging a GPA of 3.26 over his four years as head coach with a high of 3.48 in the spring of 2017. The team was one of only 40 DI programs to earn the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award in 2016-17. The Redbirds were one of only 34 DI teams to earn the award in 2015-16. “Bo is a great addition for Coach Mohl and USF,” said Kingston, former head coach at USF and current head coach at South Carolina. “He will work tirelessly in all areas of the program, while teaching and developing players at the highest level. He is a true student of the game and will ensure USF reaches its potential.” Prior to his time at Illinois State, Durkac spent seven years as the hitting coach at Charlotte, working with the infielders and assisting in recruiting efforts. Durkac coached or recruited 36 all-conference selections, three All-Americans and three freshman All-Americans at Charlotte. He helped the team to a 232-153-1 overall record from 2003-09. Charlotte was the Atlantic 10 regular season and tournament champion in both 2007 and 2008, earning NCAA Regional appearances. Under Durkac’s guidance, the team set a school record with a .333 batting average in 2008. Charlotte went 49-12 in 2007 and was ranked No. 24 by the NCBWA at the end of the season. Before joining the coaching ranks, Durkac played seven years of professional baseball. He finished his professional career with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League in 2001. He also played for Sonoma County in the Western Baseball League that summer and the Taichung Agan of the Taiwan Major Leagues during the spring. Prior to 2001, he played three seasons in the Western Baseball League for the Chico Heat and was named a Western League All-Star in 1999. That fall, he played for Team USA in the XIV International Cup in Sydney, Australia. Durkac spent the 1996 and 1997 seasons with MLB farm teams. In 1996, he hit .298 for the Visalia Oaks (A-Advanced for the Detroit Tigers) of the California League. He spent the 1997 season with the High Desert Mavericks (A-Advanced for the Arizona Diamondbacks), batting .282. In 1995, he split his first pro season between the independent Adirondack Lumberjacks of the Northeast League and the Will County Claws of the North Central League. Before his professional career, Durkac was a two-time All-Metro Conference third baseman at Virginia Tech. During his three seasons with the Hokies, he hit .360 with a school-record 60 doubles. Durkac played all but two innings in his final two collegiate seasons. In 1993, he was the Metro Conference Newcomer of the Year, as he led the conference in hitting with a .423 batting average. The Kittanning, Pa., native graduated with a liberal arts and sciences degree from Virginia Tech in 1995. He has also authored two books about baseball: “2001: A Baseball Odyssey” and “How to Become a Professional Baseball Player.”
  15. And using some TBP graphics by @Thebullsfan. Many references to new Bulls:
  16. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2ZWi3dW Bulls Welcome Alan Kunkel as Newest Assistant Kunkel brings more than 15 years of coaching experience within the state of Florida to Tampa TAMPA, June 28, 2019 – Head coach Billy Mohl is excited to announce the addition of Alan Kunkel to his USF baseball staff. “I’m pleased to welcome Alan Kunkel into the Bulls baseball family as an assistant coach,” said Mohl. “Alan has developed an unbelievable reputation around the state of Florida as a great baseball coach, but more importantly as a developer of young men. His Florida ties are strong and will help us immediately in recruiting.” Kunkel arrives in Tampa following four seasons as head varsity coach and Director of Baseball Operations at Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He guided the program to a pair of Class 4A state titles during his tenure. The team finished 22-4 in 2019 and 28-4 in 2018. He coached the Florida Dairy Farmers 4A Player of the Year in 2017 and 2018 (Christian Scott). Kunkel coached and developed Raynel Delgado, a sixth-round selection in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians. He also coached pitcher Jake Eder, who was drafted in 2017 by the New York Mets before honoring his collegiate commitment to Vanderbilt. Eder pitched and won Game 3 of the College World Series on June 26, as he helped the Commodores earn their second national title in the last six years. Prior to his time at Calvary Christian Academy, Kunkel was the head coach of Florida Travel Ball Tucci and the Director of Recruitment and Teams from 2010-2013. He then returned to FTB in August of 2017. In 2012, FTB was rated as one of the top travel ball organizations in the U.S. in 2012. The team was the WWBA World Championship runner-up in 2017. Kunkel coached nine MLB Draft selections with Florida Travel Ball, including two first rounders. Nick Gordon was the fifth overall pick in 2014, Christian Arroyo was the 25th selection in 2013, while Sean Reid-Foley was the 49th overall pick in 2014. From 2013-2017, Kunkel was the Director of College Recruiting and head coach of the 17U Prime Team with South Florida Elite in Pembroke Pines. The team made the WWBA Final Four and Perfect Game World Series Final Four in 2015. The team placed third at the Perfect Game World Series in 2014 and was the PG Memorial Day Weekend champion that year as well. He coached 10 All-Americans and 20 players that were selected in the MLB Draft. Tristan Casas was taken in the first round (26th overall) by the Boston Red Sox in 2018. Jeter Downs was the 32nd overall selection of the Cincinnati Reds in 2017. Mark Vientos, Joe Perez and Quentin Holmes were all second-round draft picks in 2017. Kunkel also had a coaching stint at Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale as an assistant with both the baseball and football programs from 2012-2015. He coached with the USSSA All-America Team in 2013, as it competed in Prague, Czech Republic and won bronze. The team was also the 18U champion of the Gold Medal Games. Kunkel's first head coaching role was at Orangewood Christian School in Maitland, Fla. He was there from 2004-2011 and coached his team to a 120-80 record over that time. Orangewood Christian was the 2A District 7 champions in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The 2011 club was the Class 2A state runner-up, finishing 30-2. That team also held the Sentinel Super Six No. 1 ranking, was in Baseball America's top 50 and set the state home run record for a single season (83). The team had several individual honors, including a Baseball America All-American, two Under Armor All-Americans, three Rawlings All-Americans, one Louisville Slugger All-American, two Central Florida Player of the Year recipients, 11 All Central Florida Team members, five all-state players and 23 all-district players. Under Kunkel's guidance, Orangewood Christian had 13 players committed to play in college, five at the NCAA Division I level. Of the notable players that Kunkel coached are Dante Bichette Jr. (51stoverall pick of the 2011 MLB Draft), Tomas Nido (eighth-round selection in the 2012 MLB Draft), Forest Wall (35th overall pick of the 2014 MLB Draft) and Vicente Conde (ninth-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft). Throughout his coaching career, Kunkel has coached 73 players that were selected in the MLB Draft dating back to the 2011. Aside from coaching, Kunkel has served as an associate scout with the Toronto Blue Jays, evaluating talent of area high school and collegiate players since 2017. He held the same title with the San Diego Padres from November, 2010 - August, 2017. Kunkel played at Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville, Mich., from 1995-1997. He then transferred to the University of North Carolina, where he played in Chapel Hill from 1997-1998. His UNC team was a NCAA Regional finalist in 1998 and was ranked in the top 15. What they're saying about Kunkel Joe Girardi - Analyst, MLB Network and FOX Sports | Former MLB catcher and manager "Coach Kunkel has developed my son Dante as a baseball player, but more importantly helped him develop into a great man." Christian Arroyo - infielder for the Tampa Bay Rays "Kunk was one of the best coaches I had the chance of playing for. Not only did he care about us players immensely, but he also made sure that we were getting the most out of our time at the ballpark. He's a phenomenal leader, fantastic father and incredible coach. I don't think there's anyone more deserving of being given this opportunity." Andrew Perez - USF baseball pitcher/closer (2016-18) - Drafted by the White Sox in the 8th round of the 2018 MLB Draft "Alan Kunkel is a player’s coach and understands and appreciates the development of his players. Having an opportunity to have been coached by him was amazing. He is very open and dedicated to help grow those he teaches by maximizing their potential." Coco Montes - USF baseball infielder (2016-18) - Drafted by the Rockies in the 15th round of the 2018 MLB Draft "I had the pleasure of playing for coach Kunkel back in high school with Elite Squad. He is always ready to help his players with anything they need on or off the field. Kunkel is a great coach and an even better person and I'm excited to see the positive effect he will have on the USF baseball program."
  17. So someone already stole my thunder, but its worth noting again that Jimmy H made it to the Bigs. He is now the third bull in the Majors at this present time. And I am not 100% sure but that is either the record or pretty close to it for the number of Bulls in the Majors at the same time. Jimmy was 1-4 over 33 relief appearances for the Louisville Bats. He had 2 saves in 4 opportunities and sported a 3.58 ERA and a WHIP of 1.43. Not lights out numbers in AAA so he is probably on a pretty tight leash. Lets hope he lasts! Also recently promoted was Andrew Perez who started the year with A Kannapolis Intimidators and a 2.25 ERA over 36 IP. His performance was enough to move him up to Advanced A ball with the Winston-Salem Dash. He has made 4 appearances and has a 3.38 ERA over 8 IP. Also Congrats are in order to Kevin Quackenbush for making the AAA PCL All-star roster. Who knows maybe he'll get called up to the Dodgers as rosters expend toward the end of the season. Jimmy is 2-2 over 33 relief appearances for the Oklahoma City Dodgers. He had 4 saves in 4 opportunities and sported a 3.11 ERA and a WHIP of 1.12. Quacker is still a lights out K artist with a 13.38 K/9ip and a K/BB ration of 6.22. Lotso potential there. Kind of weird journey for KQ, he was drafted by the Padres was brought up and sent down 12 times over 3 years before he elected to go free agency, the Reds signed him to AAA and brought him up once last year. He elected to go FA again and was out of job for over a month before the Dodgers signed him. It took Austin Adams a few years to find his spot with Seattle this year so it may just be a matter of finding the right spot. Good Luck Kevin! Shane Mclanahan is still rolling. After being promoted to Advanced A, all he has done is go 3-0 with a ERA of 0.39. He has allowed 1 earned run over 23+ innings and seems to have gotten the wild thing from the end of his last year with USF as he has 26 k to 3 bb. Far and above the best stats of any USF pitcher Austin Adams has found a home with Mariners. In 22.2 IP he has a 2.38 ERA, a 15.88 k/9ip and a 4/1 k to bb ratio. Phoenix Sanders is pitching well in the Rays farm club, he has an ERA of 2.19 over 37 innings and 9 saves in 12 opportunities. Opponents are batting .205 against him Peter Strzelecki is plugging along in Wisconsin, nothing spectacular, nothing awful. Hes an inning eater, 33.2 innings pitched in 23 appearances, opponents batting average is .279 but he has only allowed 14 total runs. On the down side, Tommy Eveld was demoted to AA after struggling with the AAA New Orleans Baby Cakes. An ERA of 7.71 and a 2-1 K to BB ratio probably doomed him. But on the flip side, back in AA he has had 2 appearances and has done well over 6.1 IP he has a 0.00 ERA and his bb/ip ratio is 3.5, much better Joe Cavallero is having a tough season, after being demoted early in the season to A+ ball, he has not fared much better with a 4.88 ERA through 20 appearances Also struggling is Ryan Valdes who was also demoted earlier to A+ ball. He however is on the DL with a shoulder strain so maybe he has been injured this year. He is in Bradenton playing for the Pirates if you want to root him on after he gets out off the DL And speaking of DL Dan Otero is on the 7 day DL for shoulder inflammation, he has pitched in 20 games for the Indians and has a 4.56 ERA Brandon Lawson, now with the Giants farm system, was on the DL for a broken toe, but now is back, he has 13 starts for the Richmond Flying Squirrels and sports a 2-4 record and an ERA of 4.04 Overall the Ex-Bulls are 22-33, 4.33 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 28/37 SVO, 525K vs. 198BB, in 473.2 innings pitched
  18. Not as much excitement here as with the pitchers. But the Bulls have 4 position players in the minors. Top of that heap is Kevin Merrell who is with the AA MIdland Rockhounds of the Texas League. He is batting .258 with 32 RBIs and, surprise, surprise 10 Sacrifice Bunts Last year MVP darling Coco Montes is struggling a bit at the next level. Playing for the A Asheville Tourists of the South Atlantic League he is batting .233. He does have 8 HRs and 47 RBIs over 288 ABs so the production is there but aside from the BA, his OPS is 0.661 Statistically the best looking hitter we have this year is David Villar who plays for the Advanced A San Jose Giants. He has been on the injured list for a bit so with just 213 ABs he has 6 HRs, 33 RBIs and an OPS of 0.765 Finally Joe Genord, the new baby of the pro leagues, is up in the NY Penn Short League with the Brooklyn Cyclones but he shouldnt be there long. In 51 ABs he has 4 HRs and 4 2bs. His BA is .314 and his SLG is .627 with an OPS of exactly 1.000 Lets go Joe!
  19. Forgot out two newest Minor League Pitchers The Count Nelson Alvarez was drafted by the Yankees and is in the GCL with the Yankees East/West, He has had 3 outing, one was bad, giving up 2 runs in 0.2 inning, but the other two he has pitched 2 innings and has a perfect ERA Alec Wisely is learning the ropes out in Arizona with the Indians Red team. He has a ERA 4.70 over 7.2 ip
  20. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2xd9yPo Summer Bulls Enter Final Week of June Gonzalez and Hogan have big games for Peninsula TAMPA, June 24, 2019 – Summer collegiate leagues are entering the final week of June, as a pair of USF baseball players have big weekends with the same club. Summer Ball Bulls Alex Bello – Danbury Westerners – New England Collegiate Baseball League Bello has played in nine games, seeing action in two last week. He went 1-for-3 on June 22. Jake Sullivan – Savannah Bananas – Coastal Plain League Sullivan was busy last week, playing in seven games in as many days. Had four hits, two doubles and four RBI. He had a double, a run and a RBI on June 17. Sullivan had a double and a RBI on June 20 and two RBI on June 21. He’s tied for second on the team with 10 RBI this summer. Julio Cortez – Amsterdam Mohawks – Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Cortez played in three games last week. He went 1-for-4 on June 21 with a run scored and a RBI. Dylan Buck – Amsterdam Mohawks – Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Buck has played in eight games with Amsterdam so far this summer. Nick Gonzalez – Peninsula Pilots – Coastal Plain League Gonzalez played in five games last week, tallying five hits. He went 1-for-3 with a RBI on June 18. He had a big day on Friday, going 3-for-5 with a triple, home run, two runs and two RBI. He then went 1-for-3 with a run on Saturday. Gonzalez has nine runs and seven RBI. Danny Gutcher – Peninsula Pilots – Coastal Plain League Gutcher has played in seven games and has a double and a walk in 15 at-bats. Brandon Schrepf – Peninsula Pilots – Coastal Plain League Schrepf saw action in two games last week, both at the plate and on the mound. Riley Hogan – Peninsula Pilots – Coastal Plain League Hogan continued to produce, as he has hit in six of the last eight games. He went 3-for-4 on June 17 with a double. He went 2-for-3 with a double and a run on June 18. Hogan recorded hits in each of the last two games, cranking his first homer of the summer on June 21. He has 10 RBI and five runs thus far.
  21. Two relievers from the 2018 draft class are also on their way up, Andrew Perez and Bennett Sousa. Perez is a lefty who has vastly improved this year. His K-rate and BB-rate are at personal best marks and that has led to a 2.01 FIP. Bennett Sousa has also seen a best mark for walk rate this season, though his strikeouts are slightly down. He is an older right-handed pitcher, but has done very well in every MiLB stint so far and currently has a 2.98 FIP. Both of these promotions were long overdue. https://www.southsidesox.com/2019/6/19/18681847/danny-mendick-lincoln-henzman-steele-walker-white-sox-minor-league-weekly-update-week-11
  22. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: https://bit.ly/2XfiTEX Bulls Enter Mid-June of Summer League Action Hogan gets first hits of summer, as leagues complete second full week TAMPA, June 17, 2019 – The USF baseball team’s summer collegiate league representatives roll on into mid-June. Summer Ball Bulls Alex Bello – Danbury Westerners – New England Collegiate Baseball League Bello has played in seven games thus far. He had a hit and a walk on Sunday at the Mystic Schooners. Jake Sullivan – Savannah Bananas – Coastal Plain League Sullivan played in four games last week, tallying four hits, two RBI and three runs. He went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs on Saturday, his second multi-hit game of the summer. Julio Cortez – Amsterdam Mohawks – Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Cortez played in four games last week for the Mohawks. He went 2-for-4 on Friday. Cortez has four RBI and nine hits so far this summer. Dylan Buck – Amsterdam Mohawks – Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League Buck has played in eight games with Amsterdam so far this summer. He had two walks last week. Nick Gonzalez – Peninsula Pilots – Coastal Plain League Gonzalez played in four games last week and tallied three hits with a double and two RBI. He went 2-for-4 with a double on Friday. Gonzalez has four RBI and six runs in the first two weeks of the season. Danny Gutcher – Peninsula Pilots – Coastal Plain League Gutcher has played in seven games and has a double and a walk in 15 at-bats. Brandon Schrepf – Peninsula Pilots – Coastal Plain League Schrepf saw action in five games last week at the plate, hitting a triple on June 12. Riley Hogan – Peninsula Pilots – Coastal Plain League Hogan played in five games last week, recording his first hits of the summer. He has a double on Friday and went 2-for-3 with a run and a RBI on Saturday.
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