U of Virginia has been named pre-season number one for the NCAA DI Baseball poll.
This recognition is only a pre-season poll and the game is played on the field and only one team will be left standing or should we say on the dog pile out in Omaha come July.
Baseball U is entering it’s 9th season as an organization has developed a strong relationship with 5 players committing to UVA over the past 3 years.
The players at Baseball U started out with a dry spell for many years in placing a player at UVA. I can remember jokingly asking Coach McMullan in our 4th year what is it going to take to get a player at UVA?
In year six of the organization we asked if we could come in a day early to an event and work out and hold a scrimmage. A player stood out during that workout and he did not make it off campus without becoming a Cavalier. That player was current Junior, Mike Papi.
Papi had an amazing season last year and was a big part of their success. All Papi did was lead the nation in on base percentage and become a 1st Team All ACC player and All American.
One year later Baseball U made their Road to Georgia trip their first stop of the trip and yet another Baseball U player committed to UVA in Joe McCarthy. McCarthy was a part of the 3rd place team that competed at the PG WWBA 17U National Championships. Joe had an outstanding freshman year for UVA and was named ACC Rookie of the Year. McCarthy started out his freshman season reaching base safely in his first 36 games as a Cavalier.
Last year in 2013 UVA again was the first stop along the trip and something that Baseball U is very proud of happened. Three Baseball U players committed to UVA in Jon Meola, Jake McCarthy and Max Kranick.
Needless to say the UVA connection has grown after going through a 5 year dry spell. What this says to the organization and northeast baseball is that it is only getting stronger.
When one of our alumni competes in college you follow them and hope that they represent what we do at Baseball U in a positive way.
Needless to say with UVA gaining the number 1 ranking we wish them all the best and it would be great to have two players a part of a national championship team.
People like to joke and call us Baseball U”VA” and we are good with that. We do not tell a player where to go and what school they should attend. That decision is up to them as a player and family to decide. We just want to make sure it is a good fit for the player and thus far for Papi and McCarthy both Baseball U and UVA have proved to be just that.