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News and Notes From Around the Country


Phil Kerber
Assoc. Scout/JUCO Wire Editor

The JUCO Wire is a new weekly feature that will continue to build on the Prep Baseball Report’s unparalleled coverage of amateur baseball across the country. The JUCO Wire will provide updated information on junior college transfers, players moving on, who’s hot, and any other relevant news from around the country. 

The JUCO Wire is a compilation of boots-on-the-ground scouting, information collected from our state-specific scouting staff, outside submissions, and any other news and nuggets gleaned throughout the year.

Previously, News and Notes From Around the Country had included an Uncommitted Spotlight section, highlighting uncommitted prospects from Junior Colleges around the country. Starting last week, the Uncommitted Spotlight will be published as a separate, standalone piece.

If you are a current Junior College Coach and would like to see your players in the Uncommitted Spotlight, email [email protected] with all relevant information/video.

See College of Southern Nevada - Uncommitted Spotlight

TRANSFER WIRE

  • Spencer Smith (Northern Durham, NC, 2017) has transferred from East Carolina to Harford CC (MD). Smith was the No. 12 ranked prospect in PBR North Carolina’s Class of 2017 and No. 196 Overall.

  • OF Garrett Boldt (Olean HS, NY, 2017) has transferred from Campbell University to Niagara CC (NY). Boldt was the No. 18 ranked prospect in PBR New York’s Class of 2017.

  • OF Jorge Gutierrez (Kempner HS, TX, 2016) has transferred from Texas A&M to Alvin CC (TX). As a freshman, for the Aggies, Gutierrez appeared in 37 games, making 22 starts. Collected 18 hits in 84 at-bats (.214 batting average) with 13 runs, three doubles, one triple, four home runs, 16 RBI, and two stolen bases. Recorded a .337 OBP and .417 slugging percentage. Was a .333 batter with runners in scoring position (10-for-30).

  • 3B Gavin Lovesky (Lockport HS, IL, 2017) has transferred from Wabash Valley CC (IL) to Waubonsee CC (IL). Lovesky was the No. 45 ranked prospect in PBR Illinois’ Class of 2017 rankings.

COMMITS

  • Howard JC (TX) C Saul Garza (Edinburg, TX, 2017) has committed to Louisiana State University.

  • Patrick Henry CC (VA) Fr. RHP Shawn Runey (Bishop England HS, SC, 2017) has committed to North Carolina Central College.

  • Heartland CC (IL) SS Brandon Bossard (Nazareth HS, IL, 2016) has committed to St. Johns University. Ranked No. 50 in PBR Illinois’ Class of 2016, drafted out of high school in the 31st round by the Chicago White Sox. As a freshman appeared in 35 games, batting .288 with 1 HR, 24 RBIs, 26 runs scored, and 7 stolen bases. Bossard was recently featured in an Uncommitted Spotlight along with other uncommitted prospects from Heartland CC.

  • Paradise Valley CC (AZ) SS Josh Bristyan (Horizon HS, AZ, 2016) has committed to Wagner College (NY). In 57 games played last season, Bristyan hit .331 with 19 RBI, 40 runs scored, and 9 stolen bases. For his efforts in the field, Bristyan was the D2 JUCO Rawlings National Gold Glove award winner.

  • Joliet JC (IL) OF Joe McGuire (Lockport HS, IL, 2016) has committed to Lewis University (IL).

  • Pratt CC (KS) OF Ben Van Diest (Eudora HS, KS, 2016) has committed to Tabor College (KS). In 48 games played as freshman, Van Diest hit .326 with six HR, 23 RBI, 29 runs and 15 stolen bases.

  • Niagara CC (NY) RHP Justin Beyer (Niagara Falls, NY, 2016) has committed to Wagner College (NY). Beyer was the No. 40 ranked prospect in PBR New York’s Class of 2016. Beyer appeared in 13 games last season, with five starts. He cultivated a perfect 5-0 record with a 3.52 ERA and 41 K.

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