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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldy Gopher View Post


    Was hoping the Gophers would be able to keep Hjelle at home but it always seems pretty hard for northern schools to do that when an SEC program comes calling. Hjelle is 6'11 and has been clocked at up to 89 mph, I believe he was one of the biggest risers over the summer and according to a recent interview with him in the Star Triune prep baseball report ranked him as the 28th best prospect in the country so I wouldn't be surprised if he is picked relatively early in the 2015 MLB draft and faced with the decision to head to college or sign with an MLB club.
    So much for that dream. Crap.


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    Looks like the rumor of Tim Shannon joining the team is official as he is now listed on the roster on gophersports.com as a redshirt Sophomore.


    Also looks like the Gophers have added another commit for the 2015 class in Jordan Kozicky of Minneapolis Southwest.


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    Little insight on Kozicky. I've seen him play multiple times. Has a strong arm, but has limited range at shortstop. He lacks footwork, which may be due to poor coaching at Southwest. At the plate he is very raw. For example, I saw him play in a Legion sub-state tournament, his team started out playing a below-average team in Osseo and the pitcher wasn't the best, Kozicky went 3-4 with a dinger. The next two games they played teams with very poor pitching, Kozicky got a hit or two in each. But then, as they got deeper into the tournament they played a very good Hopkins Legion team. Hopkins threw a guy who was probably sitting mid 80s with some good offspeed stuff, this kid was maybe a future D2 pitcher at best... Kozicky went 0-3 with with 3 strikeouts as Hopkins won big. Not sure what the staff sees in him. Thought he'd be better off playing D2 or D3 baseball.

    On Estrada, very good player. Extremely athletic and very strong. He can play multiple positions and hit for power. I think he'll come in a contribute right away. He'll probably move around a lot his first couple years as the staff tries to find the best spot for him. My guess is
    catcher or a corner infield spot.

    I've also seen Stevenson. He throws very hard (low 90s) but with no movement. I know he's working on developing some off-speed stuff, so hopefully that'll come. He is committed as a preferred walk-on, so the staff will be able to develop him without using scholarship money.

    Overall, I'm disappointed in this class and the direction of Gopher baseball. With the new field, I think it's time for a change. I know Anderson has been here for a long time but the program has been mediocre at best during his tenure. His laziness when it comes to recruiting is hurting the program. Ryan Boldt wasn't contacted by the program until the summer after his Junior year, same with Nebraska pitcher Max Knutson, same with Hjelle, and again with Nebraska commit Angelo Altivilla. I don't understand why they wait so long to jump in and try and recruit some of the top prospects in the state. If Nebraska, or other schools, are getting commitments from Minnesota players before they are even contacted by the U something needs to change.

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    Not sure what happened with Tatera, but you're correct on Brettingen. Battled some wrist injures the last couple years, then had surgery to try and repair, heard it was unsuccessful. Too bad, he was the starting 3rd baseman last year 'til he reinjured his wrist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pocket Gopher View Post
    Little insight on Kozicky. I've seen him play multiple times. Has a strong arm, but has limited range at shortstop. He lacks footwork, which may be due to poor coaching at Southwest. At the plate he is very raw. For example, I saw him play in a Legion sub-state tournament, his team started out playing a below-average team in Osseo and the pitcher wasn't the best, Kozicky went 3-4 with a dinger. The next two games they played teams with very poor pitching, Kozicky got a hit or two in each. But then, as they got deeper into the tournament they played a very good Hopkins Legion team. Hopkins threw a guy who was probably sitting mid 80s with some good offspeed stuff, this kid was maybe a future D2 pitcher at best... Kozicky went 0-3 with with 3 strikeouts as Hopkins won big. Not sure what the staff sees in him. Thought he'd be better off playing D2 or D3 baseball.

    On Estrada, very good player. Extremely athletic and very strong. He can play multiple positions and hit for power. I think he'll come in a contribute right away. He'll probably move around a lot his first couple years as the staff tries to find the best spot for him. My guess is
    catcher or a corner infield spot.

    I've also seen Stevenson. He throws very hard (low 90s) but with no movement. I know he's working on developing some off-speed stuff, so hopefully that'll come. He is committed as a preferred walk-on, so the staff will be able to develop him without using scholarship money.

    Overall, I'm disappointed in this class and the direction of Gopher baseball. With the new field, I think it's time for a change. I know Anderson has been here for a long time but the program has been mediocre at best during his tenure. His laziness when it comes to recruiting is hurting the program. Ryan Boldt wasn't contacted by the program until the summer after his Junior year, same with Nebraska pitcher Max Knutson, same with Hjelle, and again with Nebraska commit Angelo Altivilla. I don't understand why they wait so long to jump in and try and recruit some of the top prospects in the state. If Nebraska, or other schools, are getting commitments from Minnesota players before they are even contacted by the U something needs to change.
    Thanks for the added insight on some of these recruits it is sometimes hard to find stuff on them or see them when I'm in Northern Minnesota. Have you heard anything on the recruitment of Ty Buck of Red Wing? Reports I've heard are he is a very good player and could definitely make an impact right away but I've never seen him play myself.
    Interesting I hadn't heard those stories about the kids that ended up leaving state but that would be very disappointing especially with how good some of these guys are. The only reason I could think of for not being in on them heavily is they made it known they had no interest in staying in Minnesota and if that is the case then it is probably best to just move on but I don't know how likely it would be that these kids would decide right away they didn't even want to look at Minnesota.
    I think this year is very important for the program with a lot of returning players and what sounds like a few pretty good recruits I would expect the team to at least compete for an NCAA tournament spot and another mediocre year this year would be very disappointing for a program that not so long ago was regular Big Ten championship contenders.

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    I know Ty Buck has been offered a scholarship by U, pretty good amount. I think he has other good schools on him, as well. Don't have much insight on him. He's no Sam Hjelle, but good nonetheless.

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    The kid Kozicky faced versus Hopkins just recently committed to Nebraska as well. Kozicky is very raw and lacks D1 skill in my mind.

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    Thanks for the info and welcome to GopherHole, do you have his name? Looks like another slipped away from Anderson to the land of nowhere... I thought the kid was a graduated senior? I agree with you on the SW kid, don't know how he'll fare versus B1G pitching, even after a few years of development.

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    His name is Robbie Palkert. He committed last week I believe. Gophers also added Jordan Joseph from St Michael-Albertville yesterday. He is a middle infielder. Seems like they are bringing in lots of infielders in the 2015 class.

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    So the Gophers will lose 9 seniors off their roster and may have a couple other openings on the roster and they have 6 commits that we know of now: Eddie Estrada-SS/C-Litchfield, Cole McDevitt-C-Eastview Jake Stevenson-RHP-Waconia, Nick Lackney-LHP-Whitefish Bay,WI, Jordan Kozicky-SS-Minneapolis, and Jordan Joseph-SS-St. Michael-Albertville. 5 of those 9 seniors are infielders so it makes sense that they seem to be targeting infielders especially middle infielders because a lot of times those are the best athletes in high school and a lot of times they can end up moving positions easier in college if needed.

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    Looks like another new commit, don't know much about the kid but did find some stats and size on maxpreps, it has him at 6'3 212 lbs. and some stats listed from last spring are 3-1 in 7 appearances, 0.59 ERA, 35.1 IP, 19 H, 12 R(3 earned), 62 K's, and 20 BB.


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    I really think the Gopher Coaches should try and recruit some Juco players because their high school recruitment isn't doing so well. They should really look into some middle infielders at DMACC in Zac Repinski and Mickey Leius. Some high caliber talent out of Minnesota last year and now playing junior college baseball in Iowa now. Somehow the coaches missed on these two. Repinski had some big 12 offers and interest but wanted to be closer to home. These two up the middle would be a real treat in the big 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherAthlete21 View Post
    I really think the Gopher Coaches should try and recruit some Juco players because their high school recruitment isn't doing so well. They should really look into some middle infielders at DMACC in Zac Repinski and Mickey Leius. Some high caliber talent out of Minnesota last year and now playing junior college baseball in Iowa now. Somehow the coaches missed on these two. Repinski had some big 12 offers and interest but wanted to be closer to home. These two up the middle would be a real treat in the big 10.
    I wouldn't be surprised to see some JUCOs in this class and it seems like there have been a number of Minnesota kids that have had success at Iowa JCs. I know there were a couple guys from Rochester who had pretty good high school seasons last year and one was even drafted but I'm not sure if they had to go JUCO because of grades or just chose to because of lack of offers and their eligibility to transfer after this season would depend on that.

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    Do you think these coaches will retire anytime soon? I just think their recruiting has gone down hill and the program hasn't been as successful as it used to be. They should either work in recruiting high Juco prospects or do better recruiting the top prospects within the state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherAthlete21 View Post
    Do you think these coaches will retire anytime soon? I just think their recruiting has gone down hill and the program hasn't been as successful as it used to be. They should either work in recruiting high Juco prospects or do better recruiting the top prospects within the state.
    I really have no idea if that is on their mind and haven't heard any rumblings of it out there. I do think this is a very important year for the program and think that this team needs to get back to consistently battling for a spot in the regionals and that has to start again this season. Although I want every top in-state recruit to stay home and be a Gopher I can understand as a Northern program losing your best recruits to SEC programs but when you lose them to other teams in your conference like Nebraska it really hurts.

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