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Baseball America July 2019

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@BaseballAmerica @BaseballAmerica BaseballAmericaMag ReadBA @SoftbalAmerica @Softball_America TheSoftballAmerica HOW MENTAL PREPARATION CARRIED UCLA TO 12TH TITLE As the old adage goes, champions are made in the offseason, often when the lights are dim and few are watching. That sentiment proved to be true for second-seeded UCLA at the Women’s College World Series. The Bruins took down top-seeded Oklahoma, 5–4, to capture their 12th NCAA title in program history and first since 2010. Led by WCWS Most Outstanding Player Rachel Garcia, UCLA swept through the season’s final week at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium with a perfect 5–0 record against the country’s top teams. But Garcia’s journey to college softball’s pinnacle went far beyond her physical training. The two-time national player of the year credits her and her team’s mental preparation for their championship success. “Funny, after every single inning, me, (pitching)…

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where are they now?

A freak injury paid off in the long run for Todd Walker FROM OUR ARCHIVE ISSUE Jan. 5, 1997 RUNDOWN “Walker is a pure hitter. He will be as good and play as long as his bat allows. He uses all fields and has the power to hit the ball out of the park either way,” Tracy Ringolsby wrote of Twins No. 1 prospect Todd Walker Todd Walker’s baseball career was nearly derailed between his junior and senior years at Airline High in Bossier City, La. He shredded the rotator cuff in his right shoulder while spiking a volleyball. Doctors said Walker’s rotator cuff looked like cotton in water. This was 1990, long before repairing such an injury became commonplace. The same doctors told Walker his chances of throwing a baseball again were 50-50. Following surgery, Walker moved…

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EDITOR AND PUBLISHER B.J. Schecter @bjschecter EXECUTIVE EDITORS J.J. Cooper @jjcoop36, Matt Eddy @MattEddyBA CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Don Hintze DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT Ben Leigh DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL STRATEGY Mike Salerno EDITORIAL ASSOCIATE EDITORS Justin Coleman @ElJayColes, Kegan Lowe @KeganLowe, Josh Norris @jnorris427 SENIOR WRITER Ben Badler @benbadler NATIONAL WRITERS Teddy Cahill @tedcahill, Carlos Collazo @CarlosACollazo, Kyle Glaser @KyleAGlaser COLLEGE BASEBALL ANALYST Dave Serrano @DaveSerrano11 DIRECTOR EDITORIAL PRODUCTION/AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT Mark Chiarelli @Mark_Chiarelli SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR Tim Newcomb @tdnewcomb PRODUCTION DESIGN & PRODUCTION DIRECTOR Sara Hiatt McDaniel MULTIMEDIA MANAGER Linwood Webb DESIGNER James Alworth BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY MANAGER Brent Lewis ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Kellen Coleman MARKETING/OPERATIONS COORDINATOR Angela Lewis CUSTOMER SERVICE Melissa Sunderman COLUMNISTS RON MORRIS Columbia, S.C. TRACY RINGOLSBY Cheyenne, Wyo. JOE SHEEHAN New York WHERE TO DIRECT QUESTIONS BACK ISSUES To order, visit https//www.baseballamerica.com/back-issues/ ADVERTISING ben.leigh@baseballamerica.com COLLEGES ted.cahill@baseballamerica.com DESIGN/PRODUCTION sara.mcdaniel@baseballamerica.com DRAFT carlos.collazo@baseballamerica.com HIGH SCHOOLS carlos.collazo@baseballamerica.com INDEPENDENT LEAGUES jj.cooper@baseballamerica.com INTERNATIONAL ben.badler@baseballamerica.com MAJOR LEAGUES kyle.glaser@baseballamerica.com MINOR LEAGUES/BUSINESS josh.norris@baseballamerica.com PROSPECTS kyle.glaser@baseballamerica.com REPRINTS sara.mcdaniel@baseballamerica.com SUBSCRIPTIONS/CUSTOMER SERVICE customerservice@baseballamerica.com WEBSITE mark.chiareli@baseballamerica.com CORRESPONDENTS GABE BURNS Atlanta Journal-Constitution; TJ COTTERILL Tacoma…

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for the love of the game

FACTORY ATHLETICS is BA’s For the Love of the Game Selection Partner XAVIER CARR, 14 ORANGE, VA: Xavier has been a stellar student, winning an academic award for earning straight A’s in middle school. He has volunteered to help his school during the summer, shredding documents and packing/unpacking books and helping to organize classroom items. Xavier loves baseball, having played since the age of 4, and this year he made the junior varsity team as an eighth grader. He will travel to Bradenton, Fla., this month for Baseball Factory’s National World Series event at Pirate City. MAX MAHER, 10 ATLANTA, GA: At just 10, Max is making an impact on less fortunate baseball players around the world. He helped organize a used equipment fundraiser that generated more than 500 bats, 250 helmets, 400 gloves…

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developing the motor

If it takes no talent to hustle, why aren’t we seeing more of it? I am beginning to praise players too often for “hustling” and playing the game “hard” when that should be the norm. Baseball is a sport that requires effort to succeed and a “grind” mentality has to exist in each player. But if this mentality does not already live inside a young player, can it be created and developed? The Navy Seals seem to think that it is possible. They train to go beyond what they think are the limits of their body. We don’t need to go to that extreme, but there are ways that coaches can raise the awareness of—and improve—a player’s motor. Here are some ways to flip the switch in your players: • Shift the practice…

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midseason players of the year

Our organization reports this issue focus on breakout prospects. They begin on Page 50. In this space, we turn our attention to midseason players of the year—the prospects who have performed the best—for all 30 organizations. Players are listed with their primary minor league affiliate in the first half. Statistics through June 10. ARIZONA: 1B KEVIN CRON TRIPLE-A RENO The 26-year-old slugger earned a callup to Arizona after cranking 21 HR in 44 games. ATLANTA: OF DREW WATERS DOUBLE-A MISSISSIPPI The 20-year-old switch-hitter led the Southern League with a .328 AVG, 20 2B, eight 3B and 40 runs. BALTIMORE: LHP DREW ROM LOW A DELMARVA The 2018 prep fourth-rounder paced the South Atlantic League with a 1.23 ERA while striking out 67 in 46.1 IP. BOSTON: OF JARREN DURAN HIGH CLASS A SALEM After Duran hit .387 with 18 steals in 50 games in…