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Old 01-09-2020, 10:32 AM   #41
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AIAA College Update

1929 AIAA COLLEGE BASEBALL UPDATE
JUNE 10, 1929
RAINER COLLEGE ELIMINATED

The big news to start the 1929 College World Championship Series was the quick exit made by the best team in the AIAA. The Rainier College Majestics, who were 39-11 during the season thanks to a dominant pitching staff headed by Chick Stout, exited the post-season with haste. The Majestics were knocked out of the double elimination tournament with a 7-2 loss to defending champion Lubbock State in their opener followed by a 6-3 defeat at the hands of Southern Division champion Opelika State.

In both cases it was the bullpen, and more specifically Stan Merendino, who let the Majestics down. Karl Moore (7-2, 1.75) pitched 7 strong innings in the opener allowing 2 earned runs before Merendino let things get away by allowing 5 Lubbock State runs in his inning and a third of work. It was more of the same a couple days later as potential first overall draft pick Chick Stout did not have a great game, at least not by his standards, allowing 2 runs in 7 and a third innings but it was Merendino who again wore the goat horns as he failed to retire a batter and was charged with 4 earned runs in the 6-3 loss.

It is a fall of epic proportions for the 20 year old lefthander Merendino who, after a 6-1 0.81 campaign in 1928 entered this season as potential first round pick. Instead, there is a good chance he will go undrafted after posting a 4-2 record with a 6.02 era for a school that had the lowest ERA in the AIAA. Then came the playoffs and in his two appearances totallng 1 and a third innings Merendino goes 0-2 with 2 blown saves, 7 hits against and 6 walks to go with a 60.75 era.

On the Northeast Conference side Commonwealth Catholic is the first team eliminated as the Knights dropped their final 3 games starting with a tiebreaker to determine the NE Division champ and followed by a pair of CWS games. The division tiebreaker was full of drama as Liberty College scored 3 runs in the final two innings to rally for a 4-3 victory and give the Bells their second straight NE Division title. Knights slugger Vic Crawford went 0-for-3 in that game so he fell 1 short of tying both the AIAA single season and career homerun records.
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AIAA College Update

1929 AIAA COLLEGE BASEBALL UPDATE
JUNE 17, 1929
FINALS SET

A pair of familiar teams are the last two standing as the best of 3 AIAA College World Series Finals are set to begin this week. The Liberty College Bells advanced to the finals for the second straight year where they will face the Opelika State Wildcats, winners of the 1927 College World Series.

The Bells advanced with 3 straight victories, beating Henry Hudson 10-6 in their opening game and then twice defeating George Fox, by scores of 9-3 and 14-4, to eliminate the Reds. Liberty College has a strong lineup led by draft eligible juniors Jake Shadoan (.473,16,36), Joe Jones (.395,19,56) and John Collins (.345,19,68). The Bells have two very good freshman starting pitchers in Jim Trippe (10-2, 2.90) and Lenny Bellucci (7-4, 2.87).

Opelika State took the long way into the Finals as they dropped their first game 8-7 to Chicago Poly to move to the loser' bracket in the double elimination tournament. A 6-3 victory over Rainier with the Majestics starting potential #1 overall draft pick Chick Stout, got the Wildcats back on track and they proceeded to be Chicago Poly 6-3 and then eliminate defending champion Lubbock State with a 7-5 victory.

The Wildcats ace is also a freshman. Charlie Bingham (10-3, 1.71) has not looked as sharp in the tournament as he was during the regular season but he will be counted on heavily in the finals. The offensive stars for Opelika State are draft eligible shortstop Joe Foy (.432,5,42) and freshman outfielder Roy Zingale (.324,20,59). 4 starting position players including Foy were members of the '27 title winning team.
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Old 01-10-2020, 09:36 AM   #43
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Battle of the East

From the start of the 1902 season through to the end of the 1906 season it seemed only two teams played baseball, the Boston Minutemen of the Federal Association and the New York Stars of the Continental Association. In those five years only the Toronto Wolves in 1904 would give the respite for baseball fans in what became known as The Battle of the East.

The Stars had come into the 1902 season with confidence on the wane again, from 1895 to 1899 they had finished miles away from first place in the Continental Association, in fact four years in a row they never got closer than 34 games back of the leaders. It changed in 1900 though when they reached the heady heights of 2nd in the Continental, just 8 games back. However they dropped back to double digits in games back and a slump to 5th in the standings in the 1901 season.

The Boston Minutemen seemed to have arrived in calmer waters after finishing only 7 games back in 1901 after finishing 39 games back in 1900, it had been a few years since they'd topped the Federal Association in 1894 so a Boston and New York championship series seemed a longshot before the start of the 1902 season.

The Stars had finished the season with an 82-55 record, 6 games in front of the Chicago Cougars. They'd come into the 1902 championship series on the back of Bill Temple's pitching, Temple had finished the season with 30 wins out of his 42 starts leading the wins table by 7, he'd also topped the strikeouts table a whopping 110 more than his nearest rival James Wigfall (Brooklyn Kings). He fell short of the triple crown by 0.05 to Allan Allen's (Toronto Wolves) 1.82era, to miss the Triple Crown by the slimmest of margins.

The Minutemen had a closer shave with the other team in Chicago that being the Chiefs, finishing the season with an 83-55 record just 4 1/2 games ahead of the Chiefs. The Minutemen just like New York had relied on pitching but were the Stars relied on Temple, Boston spread the load with lefty Bill McDaniel (27) and righty Woody Trease (25) who combined to win 52 games for the Minutemen.

The start of the 1902 Championship Series didn't give away what was to come, there was a rivalry like any other two teams going against each other. It was actually after the Stars had won the series 4-2 that the whole story had come out on the hatred the two teams would end up feeling against each other, not only for that years series but for the years to come.

Harry Lutey third baseman of the New York Stars.

"We came into the championship series pretty confident to be honest, however George Cary our catcher got injured but Oscar Eckle moved from the outfield to take his place and Sam Beight came of the bench to the outfield but most of the guys had been together for a few years so we were used to each others play. Only new guys were John Dennison at first and John Stewart at second, the Boston team were full of guys who'd only just been with them for a year or two think Nelson Morris had been with them the longest and he'd only been there a few years.

The series started pretty quiet to be honest, Jacob Waters Boston's outfielder had a few words to say him being an ex New York Gotham's player but he wasn't playing well and when we went 3-1 up in the series he'd gone quiet. The fireworks started in game 5 when with home field advantage we felt it was over, it was Boston's catcher Walter Tuttle who'd started it. He must have felt they had nothing to lose. Our second baseman John Stewart had been hitting well and nothing was getting past him in the field, well that game he seemed of his game so when he struck out the third time Oscar Eckle asked him what was wrong. Now John didn't speak much English but him and Oscar got on well and could understand each other with their broken English and Spanish, Oscar asked John what was wrong, John pointed to his cleats which were covered with tobacco spit seems Tuttle was spitting on John's cleats when he batted. When Tuttle came to the plate to hit in the next inning he looked at Oscar and said "your friend needs a shoeshine" that was it, Oscar never even stood up and punched Tuttle in the nether regions well all hell broke loose. Ten minutes later Oscar had been kicked out of the game and Sam Beight had broken his hand, end of the game we led the series by only one going into Boston.

Boston was hell, it took us ages to get to the ballpark from the rail station. The Boston fans were throwing all kinds of things at the bus we travelled on, three windows were smashed and a couple players got cut by the flying glass. It was just as bad in the ballpark, well it was unnerving us and we were down 2-0 going into the 5th. Charlie Kinney had popped up to Boston's John Cook at second base, now Charlie was a big Norwegian who had this thing of running to the plate to bat but also running back to the dugout. Well while he's running to the dugout a bottle came flying at him, thankfully it didn't hit him but without breaking stride he leaped on the dugout roof and jumped into the seats. Now Charlie later told me "I got a few punches in before the coppers pulled me of, just not sure it was the guy who threw the bottle".

We turned it round after that and won the game and the series, the crowd were just as bad but thanks to our flying Norwegian we felt unbeatable".
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AIAA All-AMERICAN TEAM NAMED

Following a record setting season Commonwealth Catholic outfielder Vic Crawford headlines The Figment Sporting Journal's 1929 AIAA All-American Team. Crawford, who was also named to the first team last season, established new single season and career standards for RBI's while also belting 31 homers, one shy of the all-time mark, this season. Joining Crawford as a two-time All-American is Lubbock State catcher Jack Flint, who hit .379 with 7 homers to help the Hawks qualify for their second straight College World Series. Flint is just a sophomore so he has a chance to make it 3 straight seasons as an All-American next year. Two other players on this year's list also appeared on the second team including Opelika State shortstop Joe Foy, who makes the first team this time around. The other is Georgia Baptist star Tom Barrell who is a second team All-American selection for the second straight season.
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1929 POSTSEASON ALL AMERICAN TEAM
      FIRST TEAM 
C  Jack Flint      SO  Lubbock State
1B Bill Tucker     JR  Indiana A&M
2B Freddie Jones   FR  Central Ohio
SS Joe Foy	   JR  Opelika State
3B Johnny McDowell JR  Georgia Baptist
OF Vic Crawford    JR  Commonwealth Catholic
OF Elmer Noodle	   SO  Coastal California
OF Bobby Many      JR  Whitney College  
P  Chick Stout     JR  Rainier College
	SECOND TEAM
C Wilbur Hodges    JR  St Patrick's
1B Jake Johnson    JR  Lubbock State
2B Jake Shadoan    JR  Liberty
SS Larry Colaianni JR  Brooklyn State
3B George Anderson JR  Lubbock State
OF Amos Leblanc    JR  George Fox
OF Johnny McCann   JR  St Blane
OF Rip Curry  	   JR  George Fox   
P  Tom Barrell     SR  Georgia Baptist
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AIAA College Update

OPELIKA STATE WINS COLLEGE TITLE

For the second time in 3 years the Opelika State Wildcats are college baseball's national champion. The Wildcats swept the best-of-three AIAA championship series 2 games to none over the Liberty College Bells to claim the title. It was the second straight year the Bells reached the finals only to fall just short as they lost to Lubbock State a year ago. It also denied Liberty , winners in 1919 and 1920, of the opportunity to become the first 3-time champion. The Wildcats, Bells, Lubbock State, Indiana A&M and Dickson have all won a pair of National Titles.


The series opener started as a tremendous pitching duel between a pair of freshmen aces in Charlie Bingham (10-3, 1.71) of the Wildcats and Liberty's Jim Trippe (10-2, 2.90) who held each other's club's off the scoresheet through 6 innings. Trippe was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the 6th and his replacement, fellow freshman Dave Putnam(2-4, 4.71), got lit up for 5 Opelika State runs in the top of the 7th. Liberty got a pair of runs back in the 8th but Opelika State added insurance in the ninth in the form of a solo homerun by series MVP Glenn Thompson (.321,9,41) that made the final score 6-2 for the visiting Wildcats.

Thompson would add 3 more hits in the deciding game as Opelika State built a 4-0 lead and then survived a late Liberty rally to hang on for a 4-3 victory and the title. All-American shortstop Joy Foy (.432,5,42) also chipped in with 3 hits for the winners while catcher Bud Ward (.244,5,21) had a huge 4-for-4 day including a solo homerun and a double. For Ward and Foy, both starters on the 1927 team, it was a second championship to cap each of their college careers.
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1929 Amateur Draft Coverage

PREVIEWING THE 1929 DRAFT
PART 1 - OUTFIELDERS

As we work towards a final mock first round for the 1929 FABL draft let's begin with a several part series that will take a look at the top draft eligible candidates by position. We will begin with a look at what appears to be a very deep crop of outfield talent.

1- VIC CRAWFORD: Commonwealth Catholic - Just a dominant season and dominant career for the 2 time All-American. Crawford slashed .360/.451/.925 with 31 homers and 85 rbi's. He set the single season and career AIAA record for rbi's and came within 1 of doing the same for both single season and career homers. He put up pretty consistent numbers in each of his 3 seasons, provides pretty good defense and looks like he has the makings of a top level power-hitting corner outfielder.

2- AMOS LEBLANC: Gerge Fox - If you need a speedy centerfielder look no further than the 20 year old from Clinton, Michigan. Leblanc hit .443 and stole 25 bases this season.

3- ELMER NOLDE: Coastal California - Nolde did not play as a freshman but had a solid sophomore year and then was outstanding this past season slashing .380/.495/.793 with 21 homers for the Dolphins.

4- BOBBY MANY: Whitney College - Improved each of his 3 seasons of college ball finishing with a .410/.530/.781 slash line this season with 17 homers and 76 rbi's.

5- AL COUCH: Lubbock State - Was MVP of the 1928 College World Series finals and followed that up with a career best .411/.481/.703 and 16 homers.

6- NELLIE DAWSON: Wisconsin State - Only Crawford, Nodle and Many had a higher WPA out of draft eligible outfielders. Dawson slashed .438/.474/.751 and his 18 homers doubled his output of a year ago.

7- DAN FOWLER: Commonwealth Catholic
- Perhaps overshadowed by teammate Vic Crawford, but centerfielder Fowler did plenty to impress scouts, slashing .328/.453/.682 with a nice combination of power (20 HR) and speed (18 stolen bases).

8- ANDY DYE: Omaha HS - One of the top hitters in the high school ranks, the 18 year old slashed .460/.516/.577. He hit 10 homers a year ago but did not have any this season so there are concerns about whether he will develop the power to play a corner outfield position. Has a big frame (6'1") so perhaps the power will come.

9- JOHNNY MCCAIN: St Blane - Solid freshman season before dipping last year but he more than made up for it with an outstanding season this time around, slashing .443/.532/.716 with a career best 12 homeruns.

10- JOE JONES: Liberty College - After 2 pedestrian seasons, Jones exploded in 1929 slashing .395/.475/.727 with 19 homers to help the Bells reach the NCAA finals for the second straight season. Hitting .522 with a homer in his 5 playoff games won't hurt his draft stock either.

11- JOHN COLLINS: Liberty College - Only fitting to have Jones and Collins rated one after the other as scouts have spent plenty of time in Pennsylvania watching the two of them play. Collins' slash numbers were down slightly from his sophomore season (.345/.427/.720) but he did hit 19 homers and finishes with 56 for his 3 year career. He also smacked 3 more homers in 5 playoff games for the Bells.

12- JOE JOHNSON: Central Ohio - An injury cost him a month of his draft year and might hurt his stock but when he did play, Johnson was very good. He slashed .384/.463/.717 with 10 homers in 33 games while stealing 11 bases. He is a natural center fielder which will only help him in a draft dominated by corner outfielders.

13- BILL KIRBY: St Louis HS - Kirby is a bit of an unknown. Entering the season the 17 year old had only played 8 high school games but he played all 40 for St Louis High this season and slashed .444/.471/.584. He only hit 2 homers but at 6'4", 195 lbs as a 17 year old you have to think the power will come. A sweet swing, looking at his spray chart he really uses the whole field and played pretty good defense. The limited sample of games might push his draft stock down a bit.

14- GAIL GIFFORD: Portland HS - Gifford projects to be a tremendous defensive centerfielder based on his zone rating numbers. Was pretty good at the plate as well, slashing .355/.427/.523 and was very consistent throughout his 3 year prep career. No homers, although he did hit 10 as a 15 year old rookie but he did steal 9 bases.

15- STEVE STUDER : Frankford State - Another center fielder, Studer both helped and hurt his draft stock this year. There is some concern about his batting average dipping for the third straight season from a high of .398 as a freshman to .277 this past season. He did show a lot more power than you might expect from a centerfielder with 20 homers but stole just 9 bases this season after averaging 23 per season in his first two years. His defense is pretty good, as it looks like he can play center in the majors. I can see him going one of two ways - either being a big talent or perhaps just as likely a huge bust if he can't hit for average against pro pitching. He makes my list because I have watched him for 3 seasons, but been just a little less impressed each one of them.



There were probably a dozen other guys that I could have slotted in the 10-15 range so it does seem to be a pretty deep class of outfielders. Next up I will take a look at the top catchers available in the 1929 draft
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PREVIEWING THE 1929 DRAFT
PART 2 - CATCHERS

It does not look like a very strong draft year for catchers. I would be surprised if any of them go in the first two rounds. Here are the 10 I would say are the best of the bunch.

1-WILBUR HODGES - St Patirck's: One of the best hitting catchers available, slashed .332/.408/.422.

2-DICK MILLER - Dickson College: slashed .307/.395/.488 with 10 homers. Defense might be a big of a concern with Miller though.

3-DAN GARDNER - Wisconsin State: hit .328 with a bit of power (7 HR) but threw out just 32% of would be base stealers.

4-MIKE BERNING- Lynn HS: Pretty good defensive catcher, threw out 56% of base runners. Had a down year at the plate, batting .281. Won't get a lot of extra base hits.

5-ANDY ROSS - Wichita HS: Has to be the best defensive catcher available. 78% CS and a decent CERA. Not bad as a hitter, slashing .261/.325/.304 but obviously will get even less extra base hits than Berning.

6-TOMMY HARDIN - Washington DC HS: Another very good high school defensive catcher but likely will have trouble contributing offensively with a .267/.325/.320 slash line. While his defense greatly improved, Hardin's offense regressed over his high school career.

7-JOHN BARTLETT - Milwaukee HS: slashed .286/.353/.364 in his only season playing high school ball. Looked pretty good behind the plate, 55% Caught stealing, good CERA as well.

8-CHUCK STEPHENS - Portland HS: hit over .300 in both of his high school seasons and hit 7 homers a year ago but just 1 in the same number of games this season. Decent defensive numbers though.

9-AL ROBERTSON- Commonwealth Catholic: Makes the list because he is about the only draft eligible catcher with some pop in his bat, belting 10 homers after getting 5 each of his two college seasons. Needs to make better contact though as he slashed .244/.322/.475 and defense might be suspect.

10-BUNNY HAIGH - Henry Hudson University: slashed .288/.383/.405 which was a big improvement from a .192 batting average as a sophomore. Had some power his freshman year when he hit 8 homers but dropped to 3 this season as a junior.
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PREVIEWING THE 1929 DRAFT
PART 3 - FIRST BASEMEN

An unusual collection of first basement this year. There are some very interesting college sluggers who perhaps will strikeout too much to make the big leagues, and most of those guys have a very limited sample of college games in which to judge them. Bill Tucker being the best example of these. There are also several high school first baseman who hit for a very high average but have questions surrounding their ability to generate power. The one exception is the top ranked first baseman as Jake Johnson seems to be able to do it all, and has a history of playoff success. Here are the top ten first basemen.

1- JAKE JOHNSON: Lubbock State - Johnson enjoyed three very productive seasons at Lubbock State, slashing .422/.506/.701 in his draft year with 14 homers. Hit 19 round trippers as a freshman and while his average was fine, he dipped to just 4 homers his sophomore year before rebounding with 14 this season. Played a lot of playoff games over his career and seems to be a clutch hitter, winning 3 different playoff series MVP's and went 7 for 12 in 3 games this postseason.

2- BILL TUCKER: Indiana A&M - Came out of nowhere to hit the second most homeruns in the AIAA this season. Tucker slashed .287/.367/.846 with 30 homers after only seeing limited pinch-hitting duties as a sophomore. Needs to cut down on his strikeouts but looks to have makings of a power-hitting first baseman many FABL teams lack.

3-WILL BRYANT : Central Ohio- Like Tucker, Bryant has a very limited playing history but hit 15 homers and slashed .401/.460/.665 this season, his only year as an everyday player.

4-JOHN RIVERS : North Carolina Tech
- Seeing a real trend here with first basemen having a breakout year. Add Rivers (.268/.420/.780) to the list. First season as a starter and he hit 27 homers. Seems like a Bill Tucker duplicate, with perhaps a slightly larger concern about strikeouts as he fanned more often than any other draft eligible player.

5-GEORGE GUTT: Mississippi A&M
- Started 2 and a half seasons for the Genernals and had a breakout year in 1929 (.376/.426/.590). Not quite as much power as some of the other prospects but still hit 12 homers on the year and 22 in 125 career games.

6-BILL EPPLER: Northern Mississippi
- Started every game in his 3 years with the Mavericks and showed steady improvement each season, capping it off with a 13 homer .365/.451/.640 performance this year.

7-ROSS HUGHES: Cambridge HS -None of the high school first basemen displayed much power and Hughes failed to hit a home run, but his .371/.432/.535 line deserves consideration. He hit 11 homers over his first two high school seasons so perhaps there is some power in his future. He actually played shortstop in his first year but let's just say it was an adventure for him.

8-JIM HATFIELD: Buffalo HS - Another high school kid with limited power but at 6'1" perhaps it will come. Slashed .374/.428/.589 in his draft year and did hit 7 homers a year ago.

9-JAKE SHOEMAKER : Garden State - Shoemaker had 3 very solid seasons with the Redbirds, slashing .349/.414/.612 and hitting 38 homers in 146 career games including 16 this season.

10-BILL BRADLEY : Niagara Falls HS - .376/.428/.522 for the 5'11" Bradley in his draft year. He hit 8 homers in his first high school season but dipped to 4 a year ago and just 1 this season. Only struck out 44 times in 550 career plate appearances.
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PREVIEWING THE 1929 DRAFT
PART 4 - SECOND BASEMEN

There are some really strong defensive second basemen available in this draft. There are also three players who really standout at the top of the list.

1- JAKE SHADDOAN : Liberty College: Just a dominant draft year for Shaddoan (.473/.532/.779) who played 3 seasons for the Bells. Very consistent offense although this year was certainly his best season. Solid defense at second base and the best hitter at his position. Also spent some time at first base and was a second team All-American twice.

2- SAM ORR : Henry Hudson University: Highly touted coming into the season and did not disappoint with a .357/.396/.683 slash line and 18 homeruns. Very good with the glove at second as well and has some speed, Orr stole 11 bases this season. I have followed him for 3 years and felt he would be a first round pick all along. If he drops out of the first round, it will be through no fault of his own but rather just a case of some very good outfield and pitching depth in the class.

3- HENRY CLAYTON : Spartanburg HS: Just an incredible defensive season (+15.2 ZR, 1.253 Eff) by the 17 year old. Pretty good year at the plate as well .387/.451/.486 with only knock could be a lack of pop in his bat.

4- VINCE BURKETT : Bayou State: 2 years of very strong defense and some power with 48 homeruns in 150 career college games. Needs to cut down on strikeouts is the one knock on him. .282/.355/.672 in his draft year.

5- RAY BARNES: Boulder State - Another very strong defensive second baseman, Barnes was also a career .372 hitter in his 150 games with the Grizzlies. Slashed .373/.444/.458 this past season.

6- ED SINGLETARY : Louisville HS - .361/.425/.452 in his draft year. Just 1 career homerun and he is undersized so the power may never come but he did hit 35 doubles in 120 career games. Defense is solid.

7-TOM GREGORY : New Orleans HS - No question that Gregory can hit after slashing .405/.447/.549 but his defense does raise some red flags. Perhaps a move to third base is in his future as he likely lacks the power associated with first base, although first might be a much better long term defensive option for the 17 year old.

8- SAM LEHMAN : Tulsa HS - Be tough to find a better defensive second baseman than Lehman, who can also easily handle third base. Very little power as of yet. Slashed .301/.349/.373 but a 15.4 ZR and 1.235 defensive efficiency should get him noticed.

9- JOE FRETWELL : Chicago HS - Another strong defensive high school second baseman, Fretwell needs to get better at the plate. Slashed .295/.380/.416 in his draft year. Does have 10 homers in his high school career and a .468 career slugging percentage.

10- JOE HONEYWOOD : Cambridge HS - Unlike most of the other high school 2B to make this list, Honeywood's defense could be a concern. He does look like he has some offensive potential and improved his batting average and OBP each of his 3 seasons - slashing .389/.474/.473 in his draft year.
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PREVIEWING THE 1929 DRAFT
PART 5 - SHORTSTOPS

A pretty talented group but this position has two players- 1 high school and 1 college- that stand out from the pack. I would say both of them are potential first round picks.

1- GEORGE DAWSON : Knoxville HS - Slashed .447/.484/.594 in his draft year with excellent defensive numbers. Also stole 24 bases in 105 career high school games.

2- JOY FOY : Opelika State - I did not think any shortstop would surpass Foy on my list but I have to put Dawson slightly ahead of him due to the high schooler's outstanding numbers. That is not say Foy is bad with the glove, which he isn't but Dawson is just outstanding. Foy was a second team All-American selection a year ago and first team this season after slashing .432/.502/.617. He is older and closer to big league ready than Dawson so Foy may still be the first shortstop selected.

3- LARRY COLAIANNNI : Brooklyn State - Has the offensive numbers .426/.496/.599 to compare with the top two but is a big step down in defensive ability. 3 year starter at Brooklyn State, Colaianni hit 22 career homers as a college player.

4- BILL HOOKER : Wichita HS - Really improved his defense each of the past three seasons. Had a bad year at the plate last season after a good freshman year but bounced back in 1929, slashing .323/.386/.449

5- DUTCH REID : Commonwealth Catholic - Hit 10 homers and slashed .362/.427/.558 so his bat is not a concern. However, defense might be. Not terrible with the glove but just an average college shortstop in the field.

6- STEVE CLARKE : Chicago Poly - Very strong in the field and some pretty good numbers at the plate, slashing .342/.391/.500. Started every game over the past 3 seasons for the Panthers and hit .417 in three playoff games this season.

7- JAY PENDER : Providence HS - Started his high school career as a third baseman, moved to shortstop last season where he was acceptable but really improved his defense this year to the point where he is among the best high school shortstops defensively. Power went down a bit this season but his average and patience at the plate greatly improved slashing .333/.411/.469. Everything about him suggests he is improving and may be snatched up a lot higher than this ranking presently has him.

8- JAKE BEHRINGER : Georgia Baptist - Solid all-around player, slashed .317/.382/.417 for the Gators while playing solid defense.

9- BILL WHITE : Queens HS - An injury ended his season a little early but still played 32 games slashing .363/.400/.519 as he improved for the third straight season. He also improved in the field but just to the point of providing acceptable defense at shortstop. He was very bad his first two seasons but like Pender seems to be on an upswing.

10- LEO JORDAN: Holyoke HS - A defensive whiz with a +17.8 ZR and 1.222 EFF but there is question as to whether he will be able to hit at the next level. Slashed .267/.357/.367 this season and those numbers were slightly down from his career average.
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1929 Amateur Draft Coverage

PREVIEWING THE 1929 DRAFT
PART 6 - THIRD BASEMEN

Not a great crop and highly unlikely a third baseman gets selected in the first round but there are at least three players available that are deserving consideration as a second or third round pick.



1- GEORGE ANDERSON: Lubbock State - Second team all-american slashed .332/.408/.607 with 13 homers in his draft year and followed it up with a .308 average in playoff action. Provides average defense. I put him number one but top 3 are all pretty close but I would say it's unlikely any of them go in the first round.

2- SPEED SHAIN : Greensboro HS - Plus defense and a good eye at the plate are the strengths of Shain, but he will need to develop some power to thrive in pro ball. Slashed .325/.419/.412 this season and improved on those categories in each of his three seasons in Greensboro.

3- JOHNNY MCDOWELL : Georgia Baptist
- First team All-American selection is pretty much on par with the first two on the list. Had a better batting average and OBP than Anderson but nowhere near the power, slashing .406/.468/.491 this season.

4- RED FREEMAN : Holyoke HS - Solid defensive third baseman with the hope that at 6'2", 180 lbs the power comes. He hit 7 homers as a rookie and 4 last season but none this year. Slash line is .342/.429/.424 in his draft season.

5- NICK WALLACE: Wisconsin State - Three year starter has played some second base as well. Defense was improved this year and he had a pretty solid season at the plate, slashing .359/.412/.500. Hit just 5 homers which is up from 2 a season ago but down from his freshman total of 14 when he slugged .651.

6- DON HALLAM : Somerville HS - Trending in the wrong direction as all 3 slash categories dropped for the third straight season. Was .321/.374/.470 this season after being .446/.505/.910 and getting plenty of attention as a high school freshman. Average defense. While he has dropped each of the 3 seasons he still has some very good career high school numbers. I had him sneaking into the first round in my pre-season mock draft. He has certainly dropped from there but some team still might grab him in the top 3 rounds.

7- MEL CARROLL : Hartford HS - Really only started the one season at Hartford High, slashing .382/.431/.474. Defense is average at best but with not a lot of depth at 3B in the draft he will get selected, and likely in the first 5 rounds.

8- RANDY FARGO : Boulder State - Was an All-American in 1928 but his slash line was a career worst .303/.377/.469 in his draft year. Did hit 10 homers and has 29 in 150 career games and his defense improved over what he did the previous two years, but it is still just average. Fargo is one of the few third baseman available with some pop in his bat.

9- TOM WATSON : Northern California - Hit 13 homers this season and 33 in 150 career college games. Slashed .296/.370/.541. Defense is average to slightly below average.

10- JOHN WILSON : St Blane - An injury cost Wilson half of his draft season but he did hit .336/.393/.509 in the 27 games he played. Had 8 homers as a freshman and batted .321 but slumped badly last season.
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PREVIEWING THE 1929 DRAFT
PART 7 - PITCHERS

A very deep crop of pitchers, and 4-6 elite guys at the top. There are a lot of good high school arms and I probably could have chosen 10 other guys to fill out spots 6-10 on this list so there is depth. At the top it comes down to Stout or Barrell, but Tom Blalock has quietly done a great job at Chicago Poly and there are a couple of high school arms as well. Despite a couple of elite position players, I would not be surprised if the top 5 picks are all pitchers.



1- CHICK STOUT : Rainier College - Just a dominant season from Stout as he went 11-1, 1.30 to lead his team to the best record in college baseball. 141 k's and just 26 walks in 117 innings of work. It is between him and Barrell as to who goes first overall.

2- TOM BARRELL : Georgia Baptist - What else can we say about Barrell that has not already been noted. Stayed for a fourth year and become the Gators best hitter as well as their top pitcher by playing first base on days he wasn't on the mound. Went 6-2, 2.10 this year with a 0.80 WHIP. Because of his ability to play 1B and hit with power he might just get selected ahead of Stout and be a great two-way player. If I am judging on pitching alone though I will give Stout the advantage.

3- BEN BERNARD : Mobile HS - 16-4 with a 1.10 era and a 0.84 WHIP over his college career. Stands a good chance of going third overall but being a high school arm may come with a little more risk than Stout or Barrell.

4- TOM BLALOCK : Chicago Poly - 25-6 with a 2.20 era and a 0.95 WHIP for his college career. Overshadowed by Stout and Barrell but whoever picks him will be getting a great consolation prize.

5- FRED O'DELL : Portland HS - Went 7-0 with a 2.20 era and 0.98 WHIP this season. Had a down year last season so really a surprise he moved up this high. Two good years out of his 3 in high school might make him a little more risky than the 4 arms ahead of him but he certainly has a high ceiling.

6- RAY BYRD : Omaha HS - Just came out of nowhere. After two poor season he put it all together in his draft year going 5-1 with a 0.82 era and an amazing 0.65 WHIP. Are those numbers just a fluke due to a small sample season of one high school season or is he really that good?

7- PHIL NEWCOM : Central Ohio - Went 7-1 with a 1.02 WHIP and a 194 ERA+ in his draft year. Low strikeout totals but also does not walk many - only 3 free passes in 77 innings this season.

8- OWEN MILLER : Dickson College - 22-6 with a 1.36 WHIP and a very impressive 10.8 K/9 for his career. Struck out a college leading 153 batters this season. As with most strikeout pitchers, walks might be a concern. He did a good job of cutting down on homeruns allowed this season.

9- MIKE SANDERS : Austin HS
- Lefthander has a 1.03 WHIP and 240 ERA+ for his high school career but I am most impressed with the fact he did not surrender a home run in 161 career innings.

10- HARVEY CHILDERS: San Francisco HS - 1.85 career ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 243 ERA+, just 2 homers allowed in 175 innings and averaging just 2.5 BB/9. Once concerning thing is his strikeouts were way down this year, just 21 k's in 50 innings which seems low compared to other high school arms.

So that completes the rankings by position based on stats. Next up, the series concludes with my mock draft.
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FIGMENT SPORTING JOURNAL MOCK FIRST ROUND

Ignoring team need, as we still do not have any idea of the final draft order, here are the top 16 players available in the 1929 draft, at least in the eyes of The Figment Sporting Journal. This list is compiled based on stats only, no scouting reports were taken into consideration. Of course, the big question - and it has been the same one everyone has been asking for two months - is will it be Stout or Barrell.

Stout had the better season on the mound but when you factor in Barrell's genetics and the fact he is also a tremendous hitter that could become a very good two-way player we will give the nod to Barrell.

Here is the projected first round.
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1-  TOM BARRELL	  	RHP-1B-OF  Georgia Baptist
2-  CHICK STOUT   	RHP	   Rainer College 
3-  VIC CRAWFORD  	OF	   Commonwealth Catholic
4-  JAKE SHADDOAN  	2B	   Liberty College
5-  BEN BERARD		RHP	   Mobile HS
6-  TOM BLALOCK		RHP	   Chicago Poly
7-  AMOS LEBLANC	OF	   George Fox
8-  FRED O'DELL		RHP	   Portland HS
9-  SAM ORR		2B 	   Henry Hudson 
10- RAY BYRD		RHP	   Omaha HS
11- ELMER NODLE		OF         Coastal California
12- BOBBY MANY		OF         Whitney College
13- PHIL NEWCOM 	RHP	   Central Ohio
14- OWEN MILLER		RHP	   Dickson College
15- JAKE JOHNSON	1B	   Lubbock State
16- AL COUCH		OF   	   Lubbock State
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