Thursday, June 7, 2012
Oklahoma Adds Two More to the 2012 MLB Draft on Final Day, Five Sooners Selected
With the 40th and final round of the MLB Draft closing Wednesday, the Sooners had five players in total selected. In addition to the trio of pitchers, Jordan John, Damon Magnifico and Steven Okert, first basemen/pitcher Drew Harrison and shortstop Caleb Bushyhead were also chosen.
Harrison will join Oklahoma teammate Jordan John in the Detroit Tigers organization after he was selected in the 23rd round with the 724th pick.
Harrison is an interesting case. With only 98 college at-bats, it seems unlikely that an organization with Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez see him as any sort of long term solution at first base, or designated hitter. His 12 strikeouts in 15 innings this year could have intrigued the Tigers though, as Harrison has the build of a power pitcher at 6’4 and 255 pounds. His impressive start in last week’s regional could have drawn the Tigers attention as well. Either that, or they just want Jordan John to have a pal.
Next, Caleb Bushyhead was selected in the 29th round with the 897th pick by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Sooners fans have to be happy to see Bushyhead selected by a major league club. He leads OU in starts with 175, and has been a strong veteran presence on the team. His career .288 batting average and 7 home runs doesn’t neccesarliy point towards a career as a huge star; however, anyone who has watched him knows that he is a gritty, hard-working player. If guys such as Omar Vizquel and Gordon Beckham can cash major league paychecks, so too can Bushyhead. If he can rank as a plus plus defender, Bushyhead has a chance of making a major league roster.
Sooners incoming freshman catcher Taylor Hawkins was selected in the 12th round with the 392nd pick by the Tampa Bay Rays. The suggested slot signing would be around 100,000 dollars, so there is not heavy incentive for Hawkins to skip school. Hawkins should be able to compete for playing time at catcher next year if he doesn’t sign with the Rays.
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Oklahoma Adds Two More to the 2012 MLB Draft on Final Day, Five Sooners Selected

With the 40th and final round of the MLB Draft closing Wednesday, the Sooners had five players in total selected. In addition to the trio of pitchers, Jordan John, Damon Magnifico and Steven Okert, first basemen/pitcher Drew Harrison and shortstop Caleb Bushyhead were also chosen.

Harrison will join Oklahoma teammate Jordan John in the Detroit Tigers organization after he was selected in the 23rd round with the 724th pick.

Harrison is an interesting case. With only 98 college at-bats, it seems unlikely that an organization with Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez see him as any sort of long term solution at first base, or designated hitter. His 12 strikeouts in 15 innings this year could have intrigued the Tigers though, as Harrison has the build of a power pitcher at 6’4 and 255 pounds. His impressive start in last week’s regional could have drawn the Tigers attention as well. Either that, or they just want Jordan John to have a pal.

Next, Caleb Bushyhead was selected in the 29th round with the 897th pick by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Sooners fans have to be happy to see Bushyhead selected by a major league club. He leads OU in starts with 175, and has been a strong veteran presence on the team. His career .288 batting average and 7 home runs doesn’t neccesarliy point towards a career as a huge star; however, anyone who has watched him knows that he is a gritty, hard-working player. If guys such as Omar Vizquel and Gordon Beckham can cash major league paychecks, so too can Bushyhead. If he can rank as a plus plus defender, Bushyhead has a chance of making a major league roster.

Sooners incoming freshman catcher Taylor Hawkins was selected in the 12th round with the 392nd pick by the Tampa Bay Rays. The suggested slot signing would be around 100,000 dollars, so there is not heavy incentive for Hawkins to skip school. Hawkins should be able to compete for playing time at catcher next year if he doesn’t sign with the Rays.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Oklahoma Sooners Baseball Weekend Recap, Charlottesville Regional
The Sooners began their weekend in heart breaking fashion, losing to Appalachian State 5-4, however head coach Sunny Golloway and crew would not be derailed from their final goal.
Jordan John, Oklahoma’s ace, threw eight solid innings, allowing four runs, but only two of them were earned. For as good as John’s performance on the mound was, Appalachian State’s Ryan Arrowood was even more impressive. Arrowood did not allow a hit until the 7th inning when Caleb Bushyhead was able to eke out a single.
The Sooners were not willing to go down in a quiet fashion, however. Oklahoma mounted a comeback, plating home four runs in the final two innings before Appalachian State’s Ryne Frankoff came in and recorded the final three outs for his first save of the season. It was not the start to the tournament that Oklahoma had wanted or anticipated, but they didn’t allow the loss to derail them.
Continuing the dramatic theme of the weekend, the Sooner’s needed extra innings to put Army away 2-1.
As you would imagine with that score, this game was a battle of the arms. Johnathan Gray started for the Sooner’s and was able to pitch seven strong, allowing one run with six strikeouts. It is going to be the Sooner’s ability to strike batters out that is going to keep them in contention throughout the tournament.
Logan Lee, Army’s left handed starter, also threw seven innings, only allowing two hits and one run in addition to four walks. However, the hero’s of the game for the Sooners were Max White and Steven Okert. When Gray tired, manager Sunny Golloway called on Okert in relief. Golloway would not be disappointed, as Okert’s one hit and three strikeouts over the next three innings would help provide Golloway with his 300th win as a coach.
Okert built the bridge before Max White secured the victory for the Sooners in the 10th. White singled home Caleb Bushyhead for the winning run off of Army pitcher Gunnar Carroll.
Power arms continued to be the theme later in the day, as Oklahoma was able to eliminate Virginia from the tournament on a 5-4 score, this time in Oklahoma’s favor. Dillon Overton started for the Sooners and over-powered Virginia’s batters. While he did give up two earned runs, he was also able to strike out a career high 11 batters.
Matt Oberste led the charge for the Sooners on offense as he was recorded his sixth home run in the 2nd inning. Oberste is getting hot at the right time for the Sooners, four of his six homers have taken place over the last five games.
OU’s Erik Ross would provide the Sooners with the deciding run.  In close games, the team that manufactures runs is more than likely going to come out on top. That is precisely what Ross was able to do in the seventh. He legged it out to first base on an error, hopped up and stole second, took a short breather before stealing third, and then finally scored on a Caleb Bushyhead RBI single.
With the win over Virginia, the Sooners got another shot at Appalachian State, and made the most out of it. Oklahoma piled on the runs in the second game between the two teams, dominating the Mountaineers 14-6. With the win, the Sooners and Mountaineers would get one more crack at one another in a winner take all contest.
OU took an early 3-1 lead over App State, and never looked back, topping the Mountaineers 5-2.
The Sooners once again proved that Charlottesville is home away from home. Next up for Golloway and crew is the Columbia Regional where they will face off against two-time defending champion South Carolina, and a potent Gamecocks’ team.
The first two games of the series — Saturday at 7 p.m. (CT) and Sunday at 6 p.m. (CT) — will be televised nationally on ESPNU. If necessary, the third game will be Monday at 6 p.m. (CT) and will be carried on ESPN2. Radio for all three games of the series will also be available on KREF 1400 AM.
MVP of the weekend: Dillion Overton, for his 8.1 IP, 7H, 2 ER, 11 SO
(Statistics courtesy of SoonerSports.com)

Oklahoma Sooners Baseball Weekend Recap, Charlottesville Regional

The Sooners began their weekend in heart breaking fashion, losing to Appalachian State 5-4, however head coach Sunny Golloway and crew would not be derailed from their final goal.

Jordan John, Oklahoma’s ace, threw eight solid innings, allowing four runs, but only two of them were earned. For as good as John’s performance on the mound was, Appalachian State’s Ryan Arrowood was even more impressive. Arrowood did not allow a hit until the 7th inning when Caleb Bushyhead was able to eke out a single.

The Sooners were not willing to go down in a quiet fashion, however. Oklahoma mounted a comeback, plating home four runs in the final two innings before Appalachian State’s Ryne Frankoff came in and recorded the final three outs for his first save of the season. It was not the start to the tournament that Oklahoma had wanted or anticipated, but they didn’t allow the loss to derail them.

Continuing the dramatic theme of the weekend, the Sooner’s needed extra innings to put Army away 2-1.

As you would imagine with that score, this game was a battle of the arms. Johnathan Gray started for the Sooner’s and was able to pitch seven strong, allowing one run with six strikeouts. It is going to be the Sooner’s ability to strike batters out that is going to keep them in contention throughout the tournament.

Logan Lee, Army’s left handed starter, also threw seven innings, only allowing two hits and one run in addition to four walks. However, the hero’s of the game for the Sooners were Max White and Steven Okert. When Gray tired, manager Sunny Golloway called on Okert in relief. Golloway would not be disappointed, as Okert’s one hit and three strikeouts over the next three innings would help provide Golloway with his 300th win as a coach.

Okert built the bridge before Max White secured the victory for the Sooners in the 10th. White singled home Caleb Bushyhead for the winning run off of Army pitcher Gunnar Carroll.

Power arms continued to be the theme later in the day, as Oklahoma was able to eliminate Virginia from the tournament on a 5-4 score, this time in Oklahoma’s favor. Dillon Overton started for the Sooners and over-powered Virginia’s batters. While he did give up two earned runs, he was also able to strike out a career high 11 batters.

Matt Oberste led the charge for the Sooners on offense as he was recorded his sixth home run in the 2nd inning. Oberste is getting hot at the right time for the Sooners, four of his six homers have taken place over the last five games.

OU’s Erik Ross would provide the Sooners with the deciding run.  In close games, the team that manufactures runs is more than likely going to come out on top. That is precisely what Ross was able to do in the seventh. He legged it out to first base on an error, hopped up and stole second, took a short breather before stealing third, and then finally scored on a Caleb Bushyhead RBI single.

With the win over Virginia, the Sooners got another shot at Appalachian State, and made the most out of it. Oklahoma piled on the runs in the second game between the two teams, dominating the Mountaineers 14-6. With the win, the Sooners and Mountaineers would get one more crack at one another in a winner take all contest.

OU took an early 3-1 lead over App State, and never looked back, topping the Mountaineers 5-2.

The Sooners once again proved that Charlottesville is home away from home. Next up for Golloway and crew is the Columbia Regional where they will face off against two-time defending champion South Carolina, and a potent Gamecocks’ team.

The first two games of the series — Saturday at 7 p.m. (CT) and Sunday at 6 p.m. (CT) — will be televised nationally on ESPNU. If necessary, the third game will be Monday at 6 p.m. (CT) and will be carried on ESPN2. Radio for all three games of the series will also be available on KREF 1400 AM.

MVP of the weekend: Dillion Overton, for his 8.1 IP, 7H, 2 ER, 11 SO

(Statistics courtesy of SoonerSports.com)

Monday, May 14, 2012

Four Oklahoma Sooners Suspended Indefinitely, Big Blow to Wide Receiver Corp

The week started on a high note for Sooner Nation, as three Texas Longhorns were arrested for late night shenanigans at a Pizza Parlor. The same off-season bug that bit the ‘Horns would make it’s way north to Norman just two days later.

After much speculation, OU head coach Bob Stoops announced Wednesday night that four Sooners would be suspended indefinitely for violating team rules, including wide receivers Jaz Reynolds, Trey Franks and Kameel Jackson, as well as back-up safety Quentin Hayes.

For Stoops and the Sooners, this is a big blow to a receiving corp that lost Ryan Broyles, Dejuan Miller, Trent Ratterree, James Hanna, and Austin Haywood.

For QB Landry Jones it will be adjustment time yet again. Following Ryan Broyles’ season-ending knee injury (torn left ACL)  against Texas A&M last season, Jones comfortably turned to Reynolds as one of his top targets, along with WR Kenny Stills.

Reynold’s was the Sooners’ third-leading receiver during the 2011-12 season, recording 41 catches for 715 yards and five TD’s.

Good news for Sooner Nation, however, is big-time target Kenny Stills will be back to build on his solid 2011 campaign. Stills recorded 61 receptions for 849 yards, and 8 touchdowns for the Sooners last season.

Stoops and the Sooners are also excited to have Trey Metoyer enrolled and suiting up for the team after failing to qualify in 2011. Metoyer led OU with 72-yards receiving in the Red-White spring game.

Stills, Metoyer, and junior college transfer Courtney Gardner look to be a very explosive trio of receivers, and barring the return of Reynolds and the rest of the suspended receivers, the OU attack in 2012 should be more than formidable.

SB Nation’s Crimson and Cream Machine on the trio of receivers:

The rise of Trey Metoyer, proving that he’s game ready this spring, makes this blow much easier to absorb. He and Kenny Stills have the outside receiver spots locked up and when you add Courtney Gardner’s 6-3/215 frame into the mix then you have a very solid trio of receivers to start with. Stills is Oklahoma’s most experienced receiver and now his leadership is needed more than ever as he is the only receiver left on the roster that has caught a pass in an OU football game. Since coaches cannot monitor summer workouts it’ll be up to Stills to act as a player/coach for the youngsters.

Metoyer looked like a man among boys at times this spring by literally catching everything that was in the general area of his hands. A strong case could have already have been made that Gardner was more of a key to success in 2012 than Jaz Reynolds was. Last year he averaged 18 yards per reception while hauling in 61 passes for 1,099 yards and 13 touchdowns at Sierra Community College.

Stoops also signed five receivers in the 2012 class, three of them being ranked in the ESPN top 150, who will hopefully be able to provide an immediate impact to the depth chart.

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