I9 Partnership

Mac-N-Seitz Partners with i9 Youth Sports Program

It has been months in the making and we are proud to announce our new partnership with i9 Sports.  If you are not familiar with i9, they are a multi-sport youth program with over 1-million registrants nationwide.  We were very excited in sitting down with Terry Rueter, the director for i9 Johnson County, months ago because of the vision and core values i9 is established on.  Their mission, “helping kids succeed in life through sports”, and the mission of Mac-N-Seitz had such parallel dimensions it was a natural fit.

In the months to come Mac-N-Seitz will be hosting i9 camps and leagues geared around youth athletes from 3 – 14.  We will have a schedule posted very soon of the different dates and times for each of the upcoming events.

Please take a minute to go the i9 website and learn more about his amazing organization bringing life skills and fun into youth sports.

Visit I9 Here.

Cameron Seitzer gets promoted to AAA

MOBILE, Ala. – The Tampa Bay Rays have announced that INF Cameron Seitzer and RHP Jared Mortensen have been promoted to AAA Durham. There are no corresponding moves at this time.

Seitzer, 25, has the fifth best batting average in the Southern League (.308) while also launching 12 home runs and driving in 59. The former 11th round pick out of Oklahoma went on a surge in August hitting .340 and driving in 21 runs.

Mortensen, 27, was a mid-season All-Star with the Biscuits as a starter. The right-hander is 7-5 with a 3.78 ERA in 24 appearances (17 starts). The Rays signed Mortensen as an undrafted free agent out of Louisiana State – Shreveport.

The Biscuits active roster is now two under the league max of 25.

Ryne Stanek Drafted in First Round

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Former Mac-N-Seitz Indian Ryne Stanek drafted in 1st round of 2013 MLB Draft out of the University of Arkansas


 

Originally posted on ArkansasRazorbacks.com, on 06/06/2013.  Photo by Walt Beazley

FAYETTEVILLE –  Junior right-handed pitcher Ryne Stanek was selected with the 29th overall pick of the 2013 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

A native of Overland Park, Kan., Stanek is the seventh Razorback in school history to be drafted in the first round and the third pitcher in school history to go in the first round. Stanek is the fourth UA player taken in the first round over the last seven seasons.

In his three seasons at Arkansas, Stanek has developed into one of the most dominant pitchers in college baseball. A first team All-SEC selection and second team All-American, Stanek finished the season with a 10-2 record and a 1.39 ERA in 16 starts. Stanek currently leads the SEC and ranks ninth nationally in ERA. His 1.39 ERA is the third-lowest single-season ERA in school history, while his 10 victories are tied for the ninth most in a season. In 97.1 innings pitched, Stanek allowed 23 runs, 15 earned, on 72 hits and struck out 79 batters. Opponents hit .207 against Stanek. In 11 starts vs. SEC opponents, Stanek had an 8-1 record with a 0.86 ERA. Stanek allowed two or fewer earned runs in 14 of his 16 starts and allowed one earned run or less in 10 of 11 starts vs. SEC opponents.

Stanek has pitched in 48 games, including 45 starts, as a Razorback and has a 22-8 career record with one save and a 2.55 ERA. In 254 innings, Stanek has struck out 203 batters, while giving up 88 runs, 72 earned, on 197 hits. He’s held opponents to a .216 batting average. Stanek currently ranks sixth in school history in career ERA and sixth in career starts.

Stanek is the fourth Arkansas player to be drafted in the first round since Dave Van Horn became head coach in 2003. Other Arkansas players to be selected in the first round include Kevin McReynolds (No. 6 overall to the San Diego Padres in 1981), Jeff King (No. 1 overall to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986), David Walling (No. 27 overall to the New York Yankees in 1999), Nick Schmidt (No. 23 overall to the San Diego Padres in 2007), Logan Forsythe (No. 46 overall to the San Diego Padres in 2008) and Zack Cox (No. 25 overall to the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010).

Former Mac-N-Seitz Indians Trenton Miller receives top honor

Originally posted on GoBlueRaiders.com on May 7, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Middle Tennessee first baseman Trent Miller has been named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week. He is the first Blue Raider to earn a weekly honor from the organization this year.

Miller batted .471 (8-for-17) and slugged. 1.059 with one double, three homers and eight RBI in four contests for the Blue Raiders last week. The Kansas City, Mo., native hit a pair of homers and drove in three runs in a 7-6 win at Tennessee, the club’s second victory over the Vols in a week.

In the three-game series at No. 20 South Alabama, the junior collected six hits and five RBI. He was 5-for-6 with a double, home run, five RBI and three runs scored in game one against the Jaguars, becoming the first Blue Raider with five hits in a game since 2010. The five RBI were also a career-best.

Miller is batting .285 this season with 15 doubles, seven homers, 41 RBI and 30 runs scored while starting all 50 contests.

The Blue Raiders play their final six games of the regular season at home, hosting ULM this weekend and WKU May 16-18.

Cameron Seitzer Goes 4-4

Original published on 04-26-2013 on MLB.com.  Written by Sam Dystraka.  Photo by Jeff Murwin/MiLB.com

When the in-laws are in town, some spouses struggle to find a way to entertain them during their stay. Cameron Seitzer apparently isn’t one of those husbands.

With his mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law at the ballpark, the 23-year-old first baseman/outfielder tied his career high for hits in game by going a perfect 4-for-4 with a double and three RBIs for Double-A Montgomery in a 11-3 victory over Birmingham at Riverwalk Stadium.

Although he had familial eyes watching over him Thursday, Seitzer didn’t feel any added pressure to perform.

“No, not at all,” he said. “You don’t know when a night like this is really going to happen. I was trying to go up the plate with the same approach that I always have. Even after the second hit, I was still looking to hit something up the middle or to the right gap. They kept giving me something to hit and leaving the ball over the plate, so I kept taking advantage.”

Batting from the cleanup spot, the son of two-time All-Star Kevin Seitzer opened the night’s scoring with an RBI single in the first inning. He could have added another RBI on a base hit in the third, but Kevin Kiermaier was nailed at the plate by Barons right fielder Keenyn Walker. His two-out double in the fourth brought in Kiermaier and Mikie Mahtook to cap a five-run frame. He singled again in the sixth, but was denied a chance at his fifth hit two innings later when reliever J.R. Ballinger plunked him in his fifth plate appearance.

Seitzer didn’t seem perturbed by just missing out on a career night.

“Nah, I just wore it,” he said. “It came with two strikes, so I was just trying to get on base. It was obvious he didn’t do it on purpose. I just took it. It’s fine.”

Taken by the Rays in the 11th round of the 2011 Draft, the former University of Oklahoma slugger skipped the Class A Advanced level to join the Biscuits at the start of the season. He batted .307 with an .815 OPS, four homers, three triples, 36 doubles and 54 RBIs in 118 games for Class A Bowling Green last season en route to spots on the Midwest League postseason and MiLB.com Organization All-Star teams.

But even he was stunned in a sense to find himself in Montgomery instead of Class A Advanced Port Charlotte to start the 2013 campaign.

“It definitely surprised me,” Seitzer said. “I was working out with the Double-A club in Spring Training, and you know at a certain point that guys are going to be cut from big-league camp. So at that point, everybody drops down a level. But then, I broke camp with these guys, and now it’s my turn to do the most with this opportunity.”

After Thursday’s performance, his average jumped from .267 to .304, seventh-best in the Southern League so far, and trails only circuit leader Kiermaier (.353) for the team lead in the category. He also leads the league with eight doubles and is tied for second with 24 hits.

Put together with his latest 4-for-4 showing, that start to the season would be enough to make anyone comfortable at the Double-A level. Seitzer contends, however, that he’d take that type of production anywhere.

“Any time I might go 4-for-4, it definitely makes you feel better out there,” he said. “It’s not exactly something that happens all too often. It doesn’t matter if it’s A ball, Double-A, whatever. You have to be happy with it.”

Kiermaier finished 3-for-3 with a walk, four runs scored and two RBIs from the Biscuits leadoff spot. The top five batters in the Montgomery lineup — Kiermaier, Shawn O’Malley, Mahtook, Seitzer and Todd Glaesmann — each drove in at least two in the win.

Sam Dykstra is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

MNS’ Winfrey stands as one of Jays’ all-time best

Originally posted by the Liberty Tribune.  Written by Chris Geinosky. Photo by Jeffrey Billings.

Nathan Winfrey has never been one to say much on the baseball diamond. He has simply let his game do all the talking since he appeared on the scene as a rare starting player his freshman year.

He has simply let his game do all the talking since he appeared on the scene as a rare starting player his freshman year. And during the course of the past three years, one message has been clearly delivered: Winfrey has been one of the most talented baseball players to ever walk the halls of Liberty High School.

A two-time all-state award-winning shortstop, Winfrey’s name can be found sprinkled throughout the team record book of one of the Blue Jays’ most tradition-rich programs. In fact, he already owns nine school records — and still has his final prep season in front of him.

“His quiet nature is a product of him being a varsity player as a freshman,” Liberty baseball coach Kirk Bragg said. “He was never required to say a lot, just do, so he’s always had that just-do mentality.”

However, as a savvy veteran set to begin his fourth season of varsity baseball, Winfrey realizes he needs to do more than lead by example. He needs to expand his role and be more of a vocal leader.

“For three years, I’ve just played and listened to everyone else,” Winfrey said. “Now as a senior, I know I need to do a little more talking.”

His teammates would be wise to listen. Based on all the numbers, Winfrey knows a thing or two.

He’s coming off one of the greatest individual seasons in Liberty baseball history. As a junior last year, Winfrey rapped out a single-season record 50 hits, highlighted by another

record, 15 doubles, and finished with an eye-popping .485 batting average — fourth-best in team history.

For his three-year career, Winfrey has registered 123 hits — 10 more than the next closest (113 by Brandon Hall). Some of the other career marks he already owns include: doubles (29), triples (12), RBIs (88) and runs scored (98). His career batting average of .444 currently ranks fourth all-time.

“I try to avoid thinking about that stuff,” Winfrey said. “I just try to do what I do — hit the ball. I try not to think about all the numbers. I just want to do what I can do to help us win games.”

Honestly, that’s all Winfrey has left to do as he closes out his high school playing days. He’s already signed a National Letter of Intent to play college baseball at Wichita State, and depending on how the next few months turn out, some believe he could be the next Liberty player to be selected in the Major League Baseball draft when that rolls around in June.

But in the meantime, Winfrey wants to lead the Blue Jays to another winning season. In the past three seasons, Liberty has a compiled a glossy 73-18 record with Winfrey on the lineup card.

“Nathan is the best player as an athlete I’ve ever coached,” said Bragg, who’s in his 13th year with the Blue Jays and 19th season of high school baseball overall. “The special thing about Nathan is that he has always continued to push himself to be a better baseball player. He’s never been satisfied, and we’re talking about a guy who’s always been pretty darn good. And he’s the type of guy that makes his teammates better because when he steps on the field, everyone else wants to play well because they know he will.

“… My only concern is that the book is out on Nathan Winfrey. You’re not reading just a short story. He has history beyond most guys that have ever played high school baseball, especially at (the Class 4) level. He’s going to be challenged, and I can’t wait to see what he’s going to do this season.”

Former Mac-N-Seitz Player Named Rookie of The Week

(Reprinted from the Saint Louis Athletics website.)

ST. LOUIS – Saint Louis freshman pitcher Laney Kneib (Webb City, Mo./Webb City) has been named Atlantic 10 Conference softball Rookie of the Week for her performances at last week’s Jimmy John’s Lion Classic 1 hosted by Southeastern Louisiana.

Kneib appeared in all four of SLU’s games in the season-opening tournament. She posted a 1-1 record and one save while allowing no earned runs and just four hits (all singles) in 13 innings.

The right-hander hurled the final three innings and registered a save in the Billikens’ 5-2 victory over Jacksonville State in the tourney opener Feb. 8. She allowed no runs, no walks and one hit. Kneib earned a victory in her first collegiate start later that day, tossing four innings of no-hit ball and walking just one as the Bills blanked Nicholls State 5-0.

Kneib performed well but was the tough-luck losing pitcher against UT Martin in a 3-2 setback Feb. 9. She yielded one unearned run, one hit and one walk while striking out two in four innings of relief.
Saint Louis (2-2) is idle this week. The Billikens compete at the Arkansas Invitational Feb. 22-24.