John Manuel

Pat Murphy V. 2.0

John Manuel -

Arizona State coach Pat Murphy has evolved over the years into one of the best interviews for those of us who cover college baseball. (My own personal tally of good-quote […]

College

Same Old Story For Tar Heels

John Manuel -

See also: North Carolina-Mississippi State Box Score See Also: The Game At A Glance OMAHA–Removed from their home field in Chapel Hill for the first time in the NCAA tournament, […]

College

Missing Media

John Manuel -

North Carolina’s program is at its real zenith these days–back-to-back College World Series trips for the first time ever, its first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship since 1990, an on-campus […]

College

More Coaching Hires

John Manuel -

McNeese State had a trying season (as I’ve written before) that started with Chad Clement resigning as head coach five games into the season. The team rallied from a 3-22 […]

College

Team USA Names Roster

John Manuel -

USA Baseball has announced its 20-player roster for the 2007 college national team. The national team, coached this year by Long Beach State’s Mike Weathers, has a 20-man roster for […]

College

Stealth Record

John Manuel -

We’re still sifting through all the draft info this morning after the weekend, and one more fact has come to light. Rice had 14 players drafted, tying the record for […]

College

Depth Pays For ASU

John Manuel -

Arizona State probably has the nation’s deepest lineup. Second-round pick Matt Spencer batted seventh in its super-regional opener against Mississippi on Saturday night; a seventh-round pick, Tim Smith, hit eighth. […]

College

Yankees Add Power Forward

John Manuel -

Andrew Brackman is off the board. The 6-foot-10 righthander and former N.C. State power forward in basketball goes 30th overall to the Yankees to end the first round.

Draft

Giants Take A Hitter

John Manuel -

The last time the Giants had a draft bonanza, in 1998, they had seven picks in the first 72 selections. Only one really worked out–righthander Nate Bump, who had a […]

Draft

Two If By Twins

John Manuel -

Ben Revere, No. 135 on the BA draft board, becomes the Twins’ pick at No. 28. The Twins indicated they would take a non-consensus player with their top pick if […]

Draft

Tigers Bite On Porcello

John Manuel -

Detroit scouting director David Chadd did it again–he isn’t afraid of the high-dollar talent and he popped the best player on the board in righthander Rick Porcello. And that’s the […]

Draft

A’s Go Back To Basics

John Manuel -

The A’s went back to what they know best–polished college players. James Simmons at No. 26 makes sense as a better version of Jason Windsor, the A’s farmhand out of […]

Draft

White Sox Add Power Arm

John Manuel -

After two years of taking pitchers better known for strike-throwing rather than stuff, the White Sox took San Francisco lefty Aaron Poreda, who instantly becomes one of if not the […]

Draft

Go With What You Know

John Manuel -

Two picks, two high school pitchers for the Giants, adding Tim Alderson, the Arizona prep righty, to their stash that started with North Carolina prep lefty Madison Bumgarner. San Diego […]

Draft

J.P., Meet J.P.

John Manuel -

The Blue Jays’ general manager shares initials with the organization’s second first-round pick. It was no surprise that the Jays took the Tennessee catcher, who starred last summer with Team […]

Draft

Dodgers Throw A Curve

John Manuel -

The Dodgers don’t do conventional, and they went a bit off the board at No. 20 in Chris Withrow, a prep righthander out of Midland (Texas) Christian High.

Draft