Ellicott City star turns down Tigers' offer, returns to college

PLAY IT AGAIN

August 05, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

A casual look would tell you this guy seems too small to be a pro. His college program lists him at 5 feet 11 inches and 165 pounds and is probably being generous.

But second baseman Scott Timmerman of Ellicott City certainly has pro potential.

The Detroit Tigers drafted the University of Michigan soon-to-be senior on the 25th round in June. Timmerman, however, most likely is headed back to Michigan, having turned down two Tiger offers. Here's why the Tigers liked him:

* The switch-hitter was Michigan's only first-team All-Big Ten Conference selection last spring, when the lead-off batter led the team in walks (33) and on-base average (.411). He batted .301.

* He finished second on the team in hits (50), had 22 RBI, 11 doubles and two homers, including a grand slam. He stole 12 bases in 15 attempts.

* Timmerman won the award given to the best defensive player at Michigan. He made six errors.

Michigan struggled to a 21-32 record under coach Bill Freehan, the former Tiger catching great who will be playing in Sunday's old-timers preliminary game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Timmerman played his high school ball at Mount St. Joseph. Then he played on national championship amateur teams with )) Liberty Road and Johnny's.

This summer he's kept in shape playing for the Harwich Mariners the NCAA-Affiliated Cape Cod League. He's batted .292 for the third-place Mariners.

Alex Pugliese is another of several county players with pro potential.

The Corrigan's (formerly Johnny's) right-hander looked super in a key make-up game Saturday against The Reds at Spring Grove Hospital in Catonsville.

Pugliese struck out seven, walked two and allowed two hits in a five- inning contest that ended prematurely, 10-0, due to the league's slaughter rule.

He faced just three batters over the minimum, as Corrigan's turned two double plays for him. The former Atholton star, who set the state single-season high school strikeout record, made it look easy. He'll attended the University of Delaware next fall after two years at William and Mary.

Corrigan's victory knocked The Reds out of a potential playoff berth in the All American Amateur Baseball Association national tournament in Johnstown, Pa., later this month. Corrigan's has won three straight national AAABA titles and 10 of the last 13, and as defending champ already had a guaranteed berth.

The first-year Reds entered the contest trailing Corrigan's by just one game in the Baltimore City Friday Night League, however, and had a shot at earning their own spot in the tournament. The winner of the 20-and-under league is invited.

Ryan Clark of Ellicott City pitched for the Reds and deserved a better fate.

Clark gave up a run in the second inning on a double that the third baseman should have caught. The rest of the inning consisted of two walks and a sacrifice fly.

The next inning, Corrigan's scored eight runs on two errors, three bloop singles, an infield hit that should have been an out, a sacrifice fly, a triple, and finally a home run.

Corrigan's only had one legitimate hit while scoring its first four runs. The lack of support seemed to demoralize Clark.

Clark, who pitched his high school ball for Mount St. Joe, had a decent freshman year at George Washington University.

The left-hander went 3-2 in 15 appearances, including five starts.

He pitched 44 2/3 innings, striking out 22 and walking 14. GW won the Atlantic-10 Conference Tourney and advanced to the NCAA tourney, where it lost to Wichita State and Minnesota.

Clark pitched three innings of relief against then-No. 2 ranked Wichita State, allowing two hits, no runs and walking one.

Todd Butler, former Mount Hebron High School and Dayton Raider baseball player, batted .336 last spring for Navy.

The soon-to-be senior shortstop set a school record with 18 doubles. He had 26 RBI and stole nine bases in 11 attempts.

L Butler had 43 hits in 128 at-bats for Navy, which was 18-20.

Greg Glenn, another former Mount Hebron Vikings and Dayton Raider, had a spectacular season for Carson-Newman College in Tennessee.

The left fielder batted .332 with three homers and 47 RBI as the lead-off batter. He walked 50 times and stole 25 bases in 27 attempts. He broke the school stolen base record of 23.

Carson-Newman went 30-15 and won its league tournament. Glenn will be a senior in September.

Hammond High outfielder Matt Cyran returned from the hospital last week after an operation to repair a torn knee ligament.

The soon-to-be senior partially tore it playing tailback in a football game at Atholton last fall, and missed the last five games of that season.

After a fine spring baseball season in which he batted .410 and made the all-county team, Cyran completely tore the ligament playing in the seventh game of the season for the Columbia Reds 18-and-under baseball team -- again at Atholton.

"I could have worn a brace and played football, but decided to have the surgery now and be able to come back strong for baseball next spring," Cyran said. He said the recovery time is six to nine months.

Cyran's older brother, Jeff, plays for the University of Maryland Baltimore County baseball team.

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