Wasco Baseball Alumni
Wasco Baseball Alumni in the freshman college class of 2013:
In 2006, three coaches that also served as Wasco Baseball presidents at one time took the 12U Wasco Wildcats to Cooperstown. The team’s record at Cooperstown was 9-1 losing in the quarter final game of the 96 team national tournament. The team continued in Wasco and at the conclusion of their 14U season they had a combined 5 year record (ages 10U – 14U) of 274 wins and 60 losses with 37 tournament championships. In 2013 many players from that Cooperstown team made their post high school debut. These include Wasco Baseball alumni:
Ray Hunnicut - currently in the Baltimore Orioles farm club organization
Kevin Elder - University of Arizona
Andrew Kroncke - Concordia University
John Brodner & Trever Swaney - Wright State University (Ohio)
Matt Brandys - Stetson University (Florida)
Kyle Manske - Blackhawk College
Tyler and Trever Heinle - Waubansee College
St. Charles North grad Holm selected by Detroit Tigers
By KEVIN DRULEY -
St. Charles North alum Jeff Holm’s allegiance to the Detroit Tigers began with a phone call and a trip to the Spring Hill Mall.
No sooner than a Tigers scout informed him of his selection in the 12th round of Tuesday’s Major League Baseball Draft did Holm go shopping for a Detroit cap. Bring on pro ball and that old English “D” – size 7 3/8 if you have it.
“I want to get inclined in the organization as soon as I can,” Holm said. “I’m ready to get going.”
Representatives from several big league clubs contacted Holm in the early afternoon Tuesday, making promises they would draft him in the coming rounds while assuring the Big Ten Player of the Year remained healthy.
Holm’s father, John, described the last week as “fast and furious.”
Things have only just begun.
A left-handed hitter, Holm batted .376 with nine home runs and 61 RBIs as Michigan State’s senior first baseman.
The Tigers, however, drafted him as an outfielder, a position he hadn’t played since a 14-year-old for the Wasco Wildcats until last summer.
Officials for the Chillicothe (Ohio) Paints of the Prospect League switched the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Holm to the outfield because they thought he projected better as a farmhand there.
“That first fly ball to the warning track, it’s a little nerve-racking because you’re not used to the wall,” Holm said, “but once you do it for a few innings, a few games, you get used to it just fine.”
Regardless of where he played in the field, Holm valued the chance to get regular plate appearances with a wood bat. Holm had 11 home runs and 60 RBIs as a Spartans junior, but still went undrafted.
He used the summer to work on getting around on inside pitches and refining his approach to hit to all fields. Holm’s plate patience came around, too, which helped as he waited Tuesday.
After logging on to the beginning of MLB.com’s draft coverage at 11 a.m., Holm endured almost four hours and 10 rounds of stalemate.
He was walking around the room to stretch his legs when the Tigers officially made him the 377th overall selection.
“The 12th round came up and I heard my name and then rushed over to the computer,” Holm said. “It was a relief and a great feeling.”
Holm was born in Michigan and spent his first nine months there before the family moved to St. Charles.
He becomes the second Chronicle-area Tigers prospect drafted in the past four years after Detroit made Kaneland senior left-hander Casey Crosby its fifth-round pick in 2007.
In 10 starts for Double-A Erie (Pa.), Crosby is 3-2 with a 2.82 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings. He made just three starts last season before the organization shut him down due to recurring left elbow stiffness.
The Tampa Bay Rays selected Black Hawk College right-hander Chris Burgess, a St. Charles East alum, in the 30th round with the 930th overall pick. Burgess had previously signed with the Madison (Wis.) Mallards of the Northwoods League for the summer.