Georgia’s rising senior shortstop Kyle Farmer has led the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team to a 9-3 record. Currently, they are in the Netherlands for the Honkbal-Haarlem Tournament. The featured contests on Team USA’s summer schedule involve Cuba. Earlier this month in Havana, Cuba claimed a five-game series over Team USA three games to two. This past Sunday in the Netherlands, Team USA registered a 5-2 win over Cuba. Farmer is batting .270 with four RBI and a team-high four doubles in 12 games for the elite 22-man squad.
Four Bulldogs began the summer playing for the Keene (N.H.) Swamp Bats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL). Rising sophomores Nelson Ward, Jared Walsh, Luke Crumley and Austin Wheeler have helped the Bats to a league-best 22-6 mark. In 25 games, Ward is batting .323 with five doubles, one home run, eight RBI and 11 stolen bases. Walsh is batting .321 with six doubles, four home runs, 13 RBI plus is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in three appearances on the mound. Wheeler has a .250 batting average with two doubles, two home runs and nine RBI. Crumley made two starts, going 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA before returning to Athens. The NECBL consists of 12 teams that play in all six New England states.
Rising sophomore Justin Bryan is playing for the Forest City Owls of the Coastal Plain League (CPL) who are 24-16. He is batting .233 with a home run and 13 RBI in 26 games including 21 starts for the Owls. He has posted a perfect fielding percentage in 32 total chances. The CPL features 14 teams across North and South Carolina, and Virginia.
Rising sophomores David Sosebee, Taylor Hicks and Heath Holder are playing for the Oneonta (N.Y.) Outlaws of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League (PGCBL). The Outlaws are 16-17, and Sosebee leads the pitching staff. He owns a 4-1 record with one save and a 3.09 ERA in seven starts. In 35 innings pitched, Sosebee has 26 strikeouts and 14 walks. Hicks owns a 1-3 mark with a 4.42 ERA in seven appearances including five starts. He has pitched 26.2 innings with 16 strikeouts and 22 walks. Holder is batting .250 with one home run and six RBI in 24 games including 18 starts. The PGCBL features nine collegiate teams in upstate New York.
This past Friday marked the deadline for high school players and collegiate underclassmen selected in June’s MLB first-year player draft to sign professional contracts. Farmer (35th round, New York Yankees), along with incoming freshmen pitchers Sean McLaughlin (38th round, Atlanta Braves) and David Gonzalez (40th round, New York Mets) did not sign and will be at Georgia for the 2013 season.
Earlier this summer, Georgia had three members of its incoming class opt for professional baseball after securing seven-figure bonuses from their respective clubs. Prep outfielder Bryan Buxton (Appling County HS, Baxley, Ga.) was the second overall pick in the 2012 draft and received a $6 million bonus from Minnesota. Infielder Joe DeCarlo (Garnet Valley HS, Glen Mills, Penn.), a second round pick, got $1.3 million from Seattle while second round pick Duane Underwood (Pope HS, Marietta, Ga.) signed with the Chicago Cubs for $1.05 million.
The 2013 college baseball season begins Feb. 15.