Thursday, October 7, 2010

Catching Up on Baseball Commitments


I know I focus more on basketball and football on this site, and I also know that most of these commitments were made about 2 months ago. But receiving an athletic scholarship (whether it's a full or partial) is a big accomplishment. And the following 4 NH natives are deserving of the recognition. All 4 of these athletes will be playing Division I college baseball in the spring of 2012.

Players are listed in alphabetical order...

Jordan Cote, Winnisquam High School, Pitcher, Coastal Carolina University - Cote threw a no-hitter in the Class M championship game last year to lead Winnisquam over Somersworth. Performing well under the brightest of lights is the mark of a great player. And even though it was against Class M competition, Somersworth was in first place all year long so they're no slouches. Cote is a big guy and a daunting presence on the mound.

Joey Maher, Bedford High School, Pitcher, Northeastern University - Maher is an outstanding pitcher, as he is not only one of the top pitchers in NH, but in the entire northeast region. This past season as a junior, he led Bedford to the Class I state championship game. He is 6'4", and uses his size to get extra speed on his fastball. Maher is a multi-sport athlete who is also an excellent basketball player in addition to his prowess on the diamond.

Aidan O'Leary, Portsmouth High School, Outfielder, Manhattan College - Of the 4 kids on this list, the 2 from ortsmouth are the only ones I've seen play. O'Leary is a heck of a hitter. He batted cleanup last year, hitting behind Mike Montville (the best player in the state for the last 2 years) and anytime teams walked Montville intentionally O'leary made them pay. He is also a very good outfielder who uses his speed to get to balls and has a great arm.

Keegan Taylor, Portsmouth High School, Pitcher, Northeastern University - Taylor (pictured above) started the game the I saw Portsmouth play last season...and he also finished it. Taylor is not the biggest pitcher on the planet, but he throws the ball hard, and has very good control. He's also a pretty good hitter, but he's going to college to be a pitcher. Taylor also has a solid curve ball, that he uses at just the right times.


Congratulations to all 4 student-athletes, and best of luck in college and possibly the Major Leagues!

27 comments:

  1. I am confused Jeremy. You say receiving an athletic scholarship is a big accomplishment. This is so true. So, these 4 have received baseball athletic scholarships? What about the girl's HS players you have posted on your site? You say they have commited to Assumption, Stonehill etc. Does this mean they have decided to go there and try to play hoops or have these girls received scholarships? Please clarify.

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  2. Kyle Turner - Nashua North committed to St John's a few weeks ago.

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  3. 10:05 try not to pick apart everything he says, let's keep this about the kids

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  4. 11:06: I'm not trying to pick apart everything he says. I'm just trying to clarify when something is posted on here about a student-athlete that "commits" to a college. When the NH Notebook uses the word "commit" in their post it gives the impression that a scholarship or some type of scholarship is involved. If a student-athlete plans to "attend" a college with hopes of "walking on" to a basketball or baseball team, then this should be noted. Maybe the NH Notebook could word their posts differently using "attend" and "commit" more appropriately. I think when people see the word "commit" used in a post they assume there is a scholarship is involved when in some instances that is not the case.

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  5. Does this mean Maher may not play bball to focus on baseball?

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  6. Salem has two so far.

    Nick Poore- Boston College
    Josh Treff- Northeastern

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  7. 10:05/11:06 players can and are being recruited by schools for baseball, soccer, basketball as a walk-on (meaning the school has actively recruited them to play but they are not getting an athletic award but perhaps getting an academic award) and "commit" to going to that school. I don't you need to get a scholarship to commit to a school.

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  8. Looks as if Northeastern is stockpiling NH talent. In Classes '09,'10 & '11 they've grabbed Bedford, NHs best player in S. Lyons, C. Lyons & Maher. Treff & Taylor are great pick-ups as well. Looks like a good pipe-line for NU. NH Baseball is excellent especially on a "per capita" basis.
    Good for these kids and their families. I hope they all succeed and help create more opportunities for our NH standouts.

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  9. I read that Cote had a great summer against Top National talent and garnered a lot of attention. CC is a top national program, usually Top 5 in D-I. Should be a great experience for him.
    The Maximum scholarships available for D-I baseball is 11 3/4 per team (Some schools are not "fully-funded" and have less). Most teams carry a roster of 30-40, so the baseball athletic scholarships are tough to get. The # of NH kids getting these scholarships is proof that something is very good about NH Baseball.

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  10. I think some kid that has not gotten a ride yet is worried that the others that have decided or gotten a ride is stealing his thunder. Sad!

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  11. I agree 11:33 but ride or no ride, I think that if you are an athlete recruited to compete at the college level, it is still an accomplishment. Let's face it, some of these kids just want to play at the next level and don't need money to satify that desire.

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  12. Remember folks, D3 does not have any athletic scholarship money and that is where the vast majority of NH athletes end up playing at the college level. And yes, the do 'commit' at the D3 level as well.

    It is indeed a great accomplishment for any NH high school athlete to play at the next level.

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  13. In college you can get full rides, partials, preferred walk-ons, etc. College coaches prefer that the players on their team are left unaware of this information. They don't want their players to know which ones have full rides, which ones have partials, etc. They just want their kids to play their best. That's why I try not to indicate this information when reporting it. I try to just say, "Player A has committed to School X" for example. It implies that the player is going to further their athletic career at the next level, without saying whether they have a full ride, a partial, a preferred walk-on, etc.

    Now in this particular article I mentioned that the players above had scholarships (leaving out whether they were full rides or partials to protect their college coaches) because other media outlets had already reported that these kids had scholarships.

    Normally though I will just say that they committed somewhere. That is all the college coaches want people to know.

    Now, can we please get this back to the kids? We have 4 baseball players deserving of recognition, and it looks like there are also a few others I didn't mention in this article who also deserve recognition. This should be about them.

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  14. Once again, very well put Jeremy!!! After all, it is about recognizing the kids and their accomplishments. Thanks for all you do to promote the student-athletes of NH!!!!

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  15. Baseball only has 11.7 scholarships so they're mostly partials anyaway. Big time baseball programs will only give the scholarship for three years to free up $$$ to keep the talent coming in. Either way getting $$$ for a lower profile college sport is a big deal and they deserve their moment of recognition.

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  16. It sounds like we have more D1 college athletes in baseball than any other sport here in NH. Congrats to these kids and others not named yet but sure to come over the next several months. I would love to see you keep this list up Jeremy, so we get a complete picture of the feeder programs we have developed in NH.

    I see alot of good work being done by the Granite State Baseball League to promote the HS players.

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  17. College coaches prefer that the players on their team are left unaware of this information. They don't want their players to know which ones have full rides, which ones have partials, etc.

    Actually Jeremy, most of the time when these commitments are announced in the papers, they do say whether it’s a partial or full scholarship. Coaches are not concerned with what the kids think of who has what level of scholarship.

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  18. 10:59, the college coaches I have spoken with would beg to differ. Back to the kids please.

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  19. Jeremy,

    If you want to see many of these kids play there is a doubleheader at SNHU on Monday with NH Showcase league all-stars playing Maine and Mass all-star teams. I know that Turner is starting one game and Maher the other. There will be plenty of college coaches there, not to see these guys pitch as they already committed, but to evaluate all the others that are still available.

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  20. You got a time for that 9:47?

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  21. peter mucher from saint thomas is committing soon to USM

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  22. 11AM see http://www.showcaseleague.com/

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  23. I did not see Maher play bball at all this spring/summer as he was going thru the baseball recruiting process. He must be playing this winter though as he is participating in the Sunday morning bball league at Rivier/memorial.

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  24. Portsmouth is a baseball player factory

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  25. jeremy u should cover lacross most kids that go d I i nh for any sports would have to be lacrosse

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  26. are u ever goin to make a top baseball player list(not trying to be pushy or rude in anyway, just wondering if u are)?

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  27. yeah will you ever make a top baseball player list? it would be very interesting.

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