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BU baseball showcases individual talent at 10th Annual Scout Day event
Reps from nine MLB teams on hand for team workout at NYSEG Stadium
September 21, 2011Tweet
VESTAL, N.Y.– For the 10th straight year, Binghamton University baseball hosted Scout Day and the 2011 edition attracted members of nine professional teams as well as the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau. The turnout on Wednesday was strong, a nod to the program’s recent success and string of draft picks and high-level signees.
At NYSEG Stadium, 19th-year head coach Tim Sinicki put his players through an orchestrated workout in front of scouts from the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland Athletics, California Angels and Baltimore Orioles plus the Bureau.
The workout included position players running the 60-yard dash; position players fielding and throwing from predetermined areas; pre-game infield/outfield and batting practice; catchers throwing to second base; and bullpen sessions for the pitchers.
“This is always an outstanding opportunity for the players in our program to showcase their skills to the professional scouts,” Sinicki said. “I was extremely happy with the way the guys performed on both offense and defense as well as on the mound.”
In the last six years, 13 Bearcats baseball players have signed professional contracts, highlighted by former pitcher Scott Diamond, who has made six starts with the Minnesota Twins this summer. Former ace Murphy Smith, the 2009 America East Pitcher of the Year, is also impressing folks in the Oakland A’s organization. After a midseason promotion, Smith led his High-A Stockton team to the California League Championship series and ranked ninth in the league in ERA (3.94).
“As a program, we are committed to providing our players with the necessary opportunities for exposure to professional scouts through events like Scout Day, a challenging non-conference schedule, and the always demanding America East Conference schedule,” Sinicki said. “I am also very grateful to the organizations who came to campus for Scout Day. I know for a fact that those gentlemen walked away pleased with what they saw and will return in the spring to watch our guys in action.”
The Bearcats have won four of the last five America East regular season titles and advanced to the NCAA Regionals in 2009. They open their spring season with a three-game series at VCU on February 24-26.