Ryne Stanek Named All-American

(Originally posted on ArkansasRazorbacks.com by Chad Crunk, Athletic Media Relations)

RyneStanekAllAmericanFAYETTEVILLE – A trio of sophomores from the No. 4 Arkansas Razorback baseball team were named preseason All-Americans by Baseball America, it was recently announced.

Nolan Sanburn, Dominic Ficociello and Ryne Stanek were each selected for the teams, which are voted on by Major League Baseball scouting directors. Sanburn was a first-team selection, while Ficociello and Stanek were each picked for the third team.

A native of Kokomo, Ind., Sanburn led the Razorbacks and ranked sixth in the Southeastern Conference with eight saves last season. A Collegiate Baseball freshman All-America in 2011, Sanburn finished his rookie season with a 2-4 record and a 3.62 ERA in 24 relief appearances. Sanburn, who was drafted in the 34th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers, struck out 35 batters in 32.1 innings and held opposing hitters to a .239 batting average last season. Sanburn is on the preseason watch list for the 2012 NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award, which goes to the top relief pitcher in the nation.

A 23rd round draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in the 2010 MLB Draft, Ficociello led the Arkansas offense with a .335 batting average with four homers and a team-high 50 RBI in 2011. A native of Fullerton, Calif., Ficociello also led the Razorbacks in hits (75), doubles (15), multi-hit games (20) and multi-RBI games (14). Ficociello’s 75 hits tied an Arkansas freshman single-season record. Following the season, Ficociello was named a consensus freshman All-American. An All-SEC Freshman Team selection, Ficociello hit .314 with two homers and 18 RBI against league competition. Defensively, Ficociello finished the season with a .968 fielding percentage en route to being named to the All-SEC Defensive Team.

A native of Overland Park, Kan., Stanek appeared in 15 games, including 12 starts, in his freshman season and finished the year with a 4-2 record with one save and a 3.94 ERA. Stanek, who was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the third round of the 2010 MLB Draft, had his two best outings of the 2011 season in the postseason. In the SEC Tournament against Alabama, Stanek gave up just one run on two hits and struck out five in 7.2 innings to earn the win. A week later in the NCAA Tempe Regional, Stanek picked up his first complete game, going the distance against New Mexico and allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits with a career-high tying six strikeouts.

The Razorbacks open the 2012 season on Friday, February 17, at 3:05 p.m. against Villanova at Baum Stadium. Season tickets for Arkansas’ 36-game home schedule are now on sale. Season tickets are $190 for adults and $140 for University of Arkansas staff, youth and senior citizens. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-982-HOGS (4647) or by visiting the online ticket center at ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

Ryne Stanek

Ryne Stanek is a Mac-N-Seitz alum who currently plays for the University of Arkansasrynestanek

High School: Blue Valley High School, KS

College: Arkansas

Drafted: 3rd round pick of the 2010 draft  by the Seattle Mariners but did not sign and stayed with Arkansas.

Scouting Report: Ryne Stanek is a 2010 RHP with a 6’4”, 180 lb. frame from Overland Park, KS who attends Blue Valley HS. Slender young build, minimal present strength. Clean delivery, drives to the plate, long loose arm action, 3/4’s release, good out front. FB steady upper 80’s, projects more in future.

CB shows nice sharpness, big 2-plane break, potential plus pitch, tends to aim CB to LHH’ers, good feel for change up. Good 3 pitch mix with idea on command, should continue to get stronger. Showed ability with the bat, some power potential.

When scouts saw Stanek’s 6-foot-4, 180 pound build and his ability to maintain a 90-92 mph fastball on the showcase circuit last summer, it was easy for them to project that he might throw in the mid-90s one day. That day came sooner than expected, as Stanek worked at 91-96 mph in his first game this spring. He kept that velocity all spring, doing so with little effort.  Stanek is one of the cornerstones of a deep Arkansas team.

MNS Pitcher Riley Pint on Phillies’ Radar

Story originally published on philly.com.  By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer

Riley PintFORT MYERS, Fla. – When Riley Pint walked a batter in his first inning at Perfect Game’s national showcase in June, there was a rumble of surprise among the hundreds of observing scouts.

In the buildup to this gathering of the nation’s best high school players, the lanky Kansan had been portrayed as some sort of baseball ideal, one without pitching or personal flaws.

His pre-showcase scouting report from Perfect Game, a website that ranks baseball prospects, raved about a fastball that reached 96 m.p.h. and a breaking ball that was even more impressive.

“As good as the velocity is,” wrote Jheremy Brown, “it’s the knuckle-curve that separates him.”

His high school coach spoke just as glowingly about Pint’s other attributes.

“His presence, his stature, how he handles himself, you don’t find that in young kids very often,” said coach Lorne Parks of St. Thomas Aquinas in Overland Park, Kan. “He handles himself well in the classroom. He comes to practice every day trying to improve. His work ethic is unbelievable. He’s just a classy, well-rounded young man.”

All of that – but especially the fastball and knuckle-curve – helped explain why for the last year Perfect Game has ranked the 17-year-old righthander in its top 3 high school prospects. No. 1 earlier this year, he’s No. 3 now, behind lefty Jason Groome of Barnegat, N.J., and California outfielder Blake Rutherford.

Such a lofty assessment means the Phillies will look long and hard at the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder between now and June, when for the first time since 1998 they will have the initial pick in the draft.

If the Phillies choose him, he will be the first high school righthander taken No. 1 overall. Regardless of how high he goes, Pint, who has committed to LSU, perhaps the nation’s top collegiate program, will have to be persuaded to forgo a dream.

“Ever since I was a little kid it’s been a goal of mine to play in the College World Series,” said Pint, a Lenexa, Kan., resident. “I really love this game. So whatever happens with the draft or LSU, I’m just glad I’ll be playing this game somewhere.”

The son of an Iowa State pitcher and a Kansas State women’s basketball player, Pint was hitting 90 on the radar gun as an Aquinas freshman. A veteran staff and a season limited to 20 games helped Parks resist the urge to overwork his ninth grader.

“I’d heard some hearsay about him and I talked to him when he first got here,” Parks said. “But when I finally got a look at him on the field, I was like, ‘Wow, this kid is going to be something special.’ ”

Aquinas’ coaches made some minor adjustments, directing his follow-through more toward home plate. He took off, going 8-0 as a sophomore.

“He was already a 93-94 guy his sophomore year,” Parks said. “His velocity has continued to go up. I just think that wherever he ends up his upside is tremendous.”

Riley Pint In the summer of 2014, at a showcase tournament, Pint jumped to the top of his class with a 113-pitch outing. What really impressed scouts was his consistency. The 16-year-old’s 113th pitch was clocked at 94 m.p.h.

He was up to 97 on occasion this summer, a jump in velocity that happened as his broad-shouldered body filled out.

Pint was also a basketball star at Aquinas but has decided to give up the game in his senior season. “That ought to help him keep the weight on and keep his velocity up,” Parks said.

The pitcher has dominated opponents in the talent-rich Kansas City area, at first with his fastball and then with the knuckle-curve he learned as a 9-year-old playing summer ball.

“I like the way it feels when it comes out of my hand,” he said.

On the elite Mac-N-Seitz travel team, a program run by ex-major-leaguers Mike Macfarlane and Kevin Seitzer, Pint learned the pitch from MacFarlane, the longtime Royals catcher.

“We wanted to teach him a pitch that doesn’t put a lot of stress on the elbow,” said Macfarlane, who has coached Pint for eight summers. “As he’s gotten older and bigger, he’s just been able to power through that pitch. You combine that with the change-up he throws and that velocity and it makes for a pretty special young pitcher.”

As the attention mounts, so has the pressure. But Parks insists that Pint is so well-grounded, he’s virtually immune.

“He hasn’t let all this stuff go to this head,” Parks said. “Not once has there been any arrogance. He takes it all in stride and tries to focus on what he needs to do – his bullpen sessions, his weight work and offseason conditioning.”

But, as that first-inning walk indicated, he’s not perfect. Pint sometimes fights his control.

“He had two losses last year,” noted Parks. “He struggles a little finding the strike zone at times. When that happens, hitters know he’s going to take something off his fastball and they sit on it.”

Usually, though, Pint auto-corrects. After that first-inning walk here, for example, his demeanor never changed. He blew away the next two hitters – both high school all-stars.

“You don’t see any change on the mound,” Macfarlane said. “He’s got a very even temperament. He keeps his cool.”

Colton Murray, former Mac N Seitz player and graduate of Olathe East gets called up to the Majors.

Story originally published on NJ.com

The Phillies decided upon an interesting cast of September call-ups with 25-man rosters opening up Tuesday.

The three newcomers include a reliever with no big-league time, a Cuban defector who debuted in the majors this season for two clubs and a catcher who has a history with the club.

Right-handed reliever Colton Murray, a 13th round draft pick in 2011 who excelled this season in Double-A and Triple-A, is a big-leaguer for the first time and will suit up for the Phillies’ game against the Mets on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

Also on board are right-handed reliever Dalier Hinojosa, who pitched briefly in the majors this season for the Boston Red Sox and Phillies, and catcher Erik Kratz, who rejoined the organization as a minor leaguer this summer.

Murray, 25, earned a shot by going 6-1 with a 2.52 ERA in 21 Double-A games for the Reading Fightin Phils and 2-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 31 Triple-A games for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Hinojosa, 29, is in his second season since defecting from Cuba, most of it coming in Triple-A. He’s pitched well in his big-league opportunities, working a combined 6 2/3 scoreless innings over four outings, one for Boston and three with the Phillies.

The Phillies acquired Hinojosa off waivers from Boston on July 15. He had a brief call-up for the Phils in August.

Kratz, 35, hit 230 with 18 homers and 52 RBIs in 120 games for the Phillies from 2011-13, 93 as a starter. He bounced around this season, going from Kansas City to Boston to Seattle before signing a minor-league deal with the Phils on July 17.

The Phillies freed up space on their 40-man roster for Murray and Kratz by transferring injured pitchers Chad Billingsley and Matt Harrison from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list.

Story originally published on NJ.com

The Phillies decided upon an interesting cast of September call-ups with 25-man rosters opening up Tuesday.

The three newcomers include a reliever with no big-league time, a Cuban defector who debuted in the majors this season for two clubs and a catcher who has a history with the club.

Right-handed reliever Colton Murray, a 13th round draft pick in 2011 who excelled this season in Double-A and Triple-A, is a big-leaguer for the first time and will suit up for the Phillies’ game against the Mets on Tuesday night at Citi Field.

Also on board are right-handed reliever Dalier Hinojosa, who pitched briefly in the majors this season for the Boston Red Sox and Phillies, and catcher Erik Kratz, who rejoined the organization as a minor leaguer this summer.

Murray, 25, earned a shot by going 6-1 with a 2.52 ERA in 21 Double-A games for the Reading Fightin Phils and 2-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 31 Triple-A games for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Hinojosa, 29, is in his second season since defecting from Cuba, most of it coming in Triple-A. He’s pitched well in his big-league opportunities, working a combined 6 2/3 scoreless innings over four outings, one for Boston and three with the Phillies.

The Phillies acquired Hinojosa off waivers from Boston on July 15. He had a brief call-up for the Phils in August.

Kratz, 35, hit 230 with 18 homers and 52 RBIs in 120 games for the Phillies from 2011-13, 93 as a starter. He bounced around this season, going from Kansas City to Boston to Seattle before signing a minor-league deal with the Phils on July 17.

The Phillies freed up space on their 40-man roster for Murray and Kratz by transferring injured pitchers Chad Billingsley and Matt Harrison from the 15-day to 60-day disabled list.

2015 College Signees

PLAYERCOLLEGEHIGH SCHOOL
Dillon RichardsonLindenwood U.Clinton
Luke RachwalU of St ThomasMill Valley
Conner DavisCreighton U.Blue Springs South
Jonathan FelixNeosho County CCBlue Valley Southwest
Josh ScribnerU. Nebraska-OmahaRay-Pec
Jackson LaytonSouthern Illinois-EdwardsvilleBlue Valley West
Ryan CyrMississippi St.Blue Valley
Luke RitterWichita St.Rockhurst
Joe ThomasTufts UniversityPembroke Hill
Alex KnightFt. Scott CCOlathe Northwest
Thomas WilliamsUS Naval AcademyOlathe East
Brendan StanekU. of ArkansasBlue Valley Southwest
Lauren LomaxTulsa U.Raytown
Lauren BuchananColorado St. U.Bishop Carrol
Megan HanselLamar U.Blue Valley West
Chasity WardBarton County CCSpring Hill
Catie JosseletMercer U.Blue Springs
Raven BassButler County CCOdessa
Anna BiondoWilliam JewelBelton
Sidney HollerDepawShawnee Mission South
Will MarchKansas City KS CCPark Hill
Nathan WilesOklahoma U.Blue Valley West
Austin HoegerlJohnson County CCBlue Valley Southwest
Miller HoganSt. Louis U.Blue Valley Southwest
Brock MasonFt. Scott CCBlue Valley
Davis SchwabKansas State U.Blue Valley West
Mackay WilliamsFt. Scott CCOlathe North
Noah CroftWichita St.Olathe South
Conner KaiserVanderbuilt U.Blue Valley West
Nick BosmaRhodes U.Rockhurst
Joey WentzU. of VirginiaShawnee Mission East

2014 College Signees

NICK BANMAN – Nick has verbally committed to play at Fort Scott Community College in 2014. We know that Nick will do great things there and will use this as a stepping stone for bigger and better things in his baseball future.
RYAN BERNSKOETTER – Ryan has verbally committed to play at Fort Scott Community College in 2014. This will be just a stepping stone for Ryan and will lead to even bigger and better things for him in the future.
COOPER CURRAN – Cooper Curran has verbally committed to play for Coach Mike Warren at Barton County Community College. The smooth fielding shortstop is a senior at Blue Valley North High School, and a member of the Mac-n-Seitz Red Sox coached by Jerry Hobbs. Congratulations Coop!
JOSH DEBACKER  – Josh has verbally committed to play at Wichita State University in 2014. Josh works hard at his game is very deserving of this offer. He has a bright future at WSU.
BLAINE FISHER – Blaine has verbally committed to play at Pittsburg State University in 2014. He has worked hard at his craft and is reaping the benefits. Blaine had a great summer with us and continued on into the fall.  We know he will do great things at Pitt and can’t wait to see him play there.
COLBY FITCH – Colby has made a verbal commitment to play at the University of Louisville in the fall of 2014. Colby has a tremendous up-side and will be a valuable addition to the Cardinals program.
DRAKE HERRMAN – Drake has accepted an offer with Pittsburg State University. Drake is a great athlete who has an electric arm. He will help the Gorillas immediately and will work very hard at Pitt. Drake attends Blue Valley Southwest.
DYLAN HOLDEN – Dylan Holden has accepted an offer with Emporia State University. Dylan is a great pitcher and will help the Hornets on the mound, in the field, and at the plate. He is a very smart baseball player and a student of the game. Dylan attends Desoto High School
MILES KILGORE – Miles Kilgore has accepted an offer with Rockhurst University. Miles is an excellent pitcher who will be an immediate impact for the Hawks. His 6’7″ height and great feel as a pitcher will give him many opportunities for Rockhurst. Miles attends Lees Summit North.
TRISTAN PERKINS – Tristan has verbally committed to play at Scottsdale Community College in 2014. Tristan has worked hard and is very excited to be going to Scottsdale CC. We are pleased for Tristan and hope this will be just the beginning of a bright future in baseball.
RYAN RALSTON – Ryan has committed to play at the University of Kansas in 2014. We are very proud of Ryan and his athletic accomplishments over the years. This commitment is just the beginning for what promises to be an exciting career for Ryan.
JOSH ROGERS – Josh has accepted an offer to play at Butler County Community College. Josh is an exceptional outfielder who loves the game. He will always give 100% effort for the Grizzlies. Josh attends Blue Valley North.
MITCH ROGERS – Mitch Rogers has accepted an offer to play at Johnson County Community College. Mitch has a great bat and the flexibility to play multiple positions. He will be a great asset for the Cavaliers. Mitch attends Blue Valley High School.
TANNER STRICKBINE – Tanner Strickbine has accepted an offer to play at Neosho County Community College. Tanner has worked very hard in his limited time as a pitcher and has a huge upside as a LHP for the Panthers. Tanner attends Blue Valley High School
ADAM THIES – Adam has verbally committed to play at Wichita State University in 2014. Adam has worked hard to get this offer and we couldn’t be happier for him and his family. Adam will be a nice addition to the WSU family.
CHAD THOMAS – Chad has accepted an offer to play at Neosho County Community College. Chad is an exceptional athlete who has a bright future for the Panthers both in the field and at the plate. Good luck for your senior year at Olathe East.
RYAN WADKINS – Ryan has verbally committed to play at Drury University in 2014. We are all very excited for Ryan and his family and he has a great opportunity in front of him. Ryan’s a terrific athlete and he will do great things in their program. He has come a long way since he moved here from Arkansas.  Another example of hard work paying off!
TYLER WATSON – Tyler Watson has accepted an offer to play at Johnson County Community College. Tyler is a very hard worker and student of the game. He will excel as a switch hitting infielder for the Cavaliers. Tyler attends St. Thomas Aquinas.

 

Kaiser Chooses Vanderbilt

ConnerKaiserConnor Kaiser has verbally committed to Vanderbilt University for 2015. The talented shortstop is a 6′ 3″ junior at Blue Valley West High School and during the summer a member of the Mac N Seitz Indians coached by Dave Felix.

He is one of three infielders in the United States that received a Rawlings High School Gold Glove Award this year. He had 93 chances and no errors with 66 assists and 10 double plays during the Spring season.

We are very proud of Connor and wish him much success at Vandy!

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2012 Verbal Commitments

Here is a list of the MNS players who will graduate in 2012 and have committed to play at the college level!

   Name  High School  College
Barrett, Kahli
Olathe South
William Jewel
Chirnside, Lauren
Blue Springs South
South Dakota State
Kneib, Laney
Webb CitySt Louis University
McDonald, Becca
Blue Valley
Drury University
Griffith, Joshua
Fort Scott Community College
Teague, Cannon
Iowa University
Buie, Morgan
Gardner EdgertonLamar University
Chirnside, Lauren
Blue Springs South
South Dakota State
Weiler, HenryRockhurstOklahoma
Fultz, MattLee’s Summit WestKansas State
Wodtke, JakeSt. James AcademyKansas State
Hall, MattLee’s Summit WestMissouri State
Williams, J.D.Liberty NorthSouthern Illinois Edwardsville
Buie, JessieSt. James AcademyUniversity of Nebraska- Omaha
Garton, MaddieBlue ValleyUniversity of Missouri- Kansas City
Parker, BrookeBlue Springs SouthUniversity of Missouri- Kansas City
Eckleman, MattSt. James AcademySt. Louis University
Schlatter, KyleBlue Valley WestAustin Peay State University
Wiles, CollinBlue Valley WestVanderbilt University
Alexander, JacobColumbia-HickmanUniversity of Central Missouri
Johnson, Haley
Northwest Missouri State
Rangel, Jenna
University of Missouri – Kansas City

 

2012 Letters of Intent

Four high school players from Mac-N-Seitz signed their collegiate letters of intent today!  Seated in front of Mac-N-Seitz co-owner, Mike Macfarlane, they are (left to right):

Matt Hall – Missouri State University
Jake Wodtke – Kansas State University
Matt Fultz – Kansas State University
Henry Weiler – University of Oklahoma

2012 MLB Draft

Congratulations to the former Mac-N-Seitz players who were selected on the first day of this year’s MLB Draft. Ty Hensley formerly of Mac-N-Seitz who finished his High School Career in Oklahoma and Colin Wiles who was a member of your 17U Indians team coached by Jeff Foster. Congrats and best of luck in your professional career!

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MNS players selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft

Player’s NameDrafted ByPick #RoundSchool
Ty HensleyNew York Yankees#301stEdmond Santa Fe HS, OK
Colin WilesTexas Rangers#531st SuppBlue Valley West HS, KS
Michael MorinLA Angels#41713thUniversity of North Carolina
Adam GiacoloneMilwaukee Brewers#51516thNeosho County CC
Josh SmithPitsburgh Pirates#76625thWichita State University
Blake HolovachSeattle Mariners#82127thUniversity of Missouri
Dan KleinToronto Blue Jays#86528thKansas State University
Keaton SteeleTampa Bay Rays#90229thIowa Western CC
Matt FultzCleveland Indians#104334thLees Summit West HS