5/22/10 Odds & Ends

Jesse Meaux: Primetime Performer
Photo Credit: Goldpanners.com

Well, we made it through another week. And that brings us another week closer to the start of the season! I got some good stuff posted up this week, including one very important article just last night…the Top 10 Pro Prospects list. It was kinda hard to rank these guys, and I played with some different cutoffs to see if something felt more natural or if I could make the distribution of the teams a little more equitable, but when it was all said and done, Top 10 just seemed to work the best. But hey, let’s not beat a dead horse here, what else happened this week?

- Jesse Meaux (Panners, 2008-09) was picked by College Baseball 360 as a Primetime Performer for the week of May 10-16. The deed that earned him this selection was a one-run complete game shutout for the UC Santa Barbara Guachos, his second collegiate complete game. He invoked four double-plays to get himself through the 8-hit performance largely unscathed. Do you think it’s a coincidence that guys named Jesse are so awesome? Jesse Meaux, Jesse Sikorski, and yours truly of course. Yeah, probably not a coincidence.

- The Glacier Pilots are going to be having a season kick-off BBQ and raffle tomorrow night! The shin-dig gets started at 4:00 PM, it’s going to be at the Moose Lodge at 4211 Arctic in Anchorage, and the tickets are $100. That hundred gets you admission for two, an entry into the big cash prize raffle with a $10,000 grand prize, and two general admission season passes ($150 value). So if you’ve got some cash burning a hole in your pocket and want to support a good cause, swing by the Moose Lodge.

- Fellow baseball blogger April over at JaysProspects.com has a nice little writeup on an old friend, Brian Jeroloman (Panners, 2004). Brian is working his way up through the Tornoto organization. Be sure to check out this great piece by a great prospect blogger!

- The Oilers have announced a handful of new roster signings this week. I’ll let you peruse them at your own leisure for now, because it’s 1 AM and I want to go to bed, but I’ll point out one notable guy: Ryan Gebhart. Gebhart is interesting because last season he played for the AIA Fire. Always cool to see a returning player, and one who’s coming back up for a different team is a little unusual (though not completely unprecedented).

- Miners GM Pete Christopher said on the team website that they’ve had a lot of turnover with their roster due to injuries and summer classes, and they’re going to be short some more guys due to the NCAA playoff overlap. So, basically what I’m guessing is that we’re not going to see a roster out of the Miners until right about the time the season opens. I could be wrong. Just a hunch.

OK. That’s it. I’m going to bed! Have a nice Saturday, stay safe, and keep crossing off those days on the calendar until your favorite team’s opening day. I’ll catch up with you next week with some more good articles and fun stuff.

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Article by Jesse Jack

Jesse Jack is a life-long Alaskan (except for a stint in Montana) who studies Civil Engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage from August through May, and lives at the ballpark during June and July.
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