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Baseball hosts 11th Annual Scout Day event

Bearcats work out in front of 13 MLB representatives at new complex

September 26, 2012

Baseball hosts 11th Annual Scout Day event

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VESTAL, N.Y.—Binghamton baseball hosted its 11th Annual Scout Day Tuesday afternoon, welcoming representatives from 13 Major League Baseball organizations to BU’s new state-of-the-art complex. The turnout was the highest in many years, a nod to the team’s history of success and a steady string of draft picks and professional signees.

Scouts from the following teams were in attendance: Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays, San Diego Padres, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals and Cincinnati Reds as well as the MLB Scouting Bureau.

Head coach Tim Sinicki and his staff ran the 2013 team through an orchestrated workout that included the 60-yard dash, fielding and throwing, pre-game infield/outfield, batting practice, catchers throwing to second base and pitching bullpen sessions.

“This is always an outstanding opportunity for the players in our program to showcase their skills to the professional scouts,” Sinicki said. “It’s extra special today because we have a high number of scouts in attendance and also because we get to host the event at our new field, which makes for a fabulous setting.”

In the last seven years, 17 Bearcats have signed professional contracts, highlighted by former ace and current MLB starter Scott Diamond, who has 12 wins with the Minnesota Twins this summer. Former America East Pitcher of the Year Murphy Smith was an all-star at Oakland’s Double-A level and 2012 graduate Mike Augliera was drafted in the fifth round by Boston and started a promising career with the Red Sox Single-A affiliate.

“As a program, we are committed to providing our players with the necessary opportunities for exposure to professional scouts through events like this, a challenging non-conference schedule and the always-demanding America East schedule,” Sinicki said. “I am grateful to the organizations who came to campus today and know that these gentlemen walked away with a good impression of our guys and our program. I’m sure we will see many of them back at our games in the spring.”

Though not at liberty to comment directly about individual prospects, the scouts were complimentary about Binghamton’s track record of producing quality players.

“These Binghamton coaches have had success with this program and they have these players well prepared to play at a high level,” Matt Sherman, area scout for the Chicago Cubs told local media in attendance. “The America East is well respected as a conference that produces draft picks every year and those players usually achieve success at the next level. We come to events like this to identify players who have the tools to propel them to that next level. Decisions aren’t made today but we start to develop lists and this is just the foundation for what lies ahead in the spring. These young players need to realize that whether they play in the Northeast or down south, Major League teams will find them.”

The Bearcats will finish their abbreviated fall season in the next two weeks and return to the diamond to begin their spring championship season in February. The team’s opening weekend is February 22-24 when BU travels to Virginia for a four-game set at James Madison. Binghamton has captured four of the last six America East regular season titles.

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