Teixeira featured in Baseball America

Sidelines

January 27, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Hot-stove baseball's fires are burning in January with the latest issue of Baseball America. The publication's college baseball preview showcases Severna Park's Mark Teixeira.

Teixeira, who played at Mount St. Joseph and was The Sun's Metro Player of the Year last spring, setting state career records for homers (29) and RBIs (108), is a freshman third baseman at Georgia Tech. He is the subject of a feature article in Baseball America.

Ranked No. 9 in the publication's preseason Top 20, the Yellow Jackets and coach Danny Hall are expecting big things from Teixeira, a ninth-round draft choice of the Boston Red Sox in June.

Hall is quoted in the article as saying, "It's hard to say how good he's going to be at this level until we see him on the field. He's got power from both sides of the plate and he's an extremely hard worker."

How good do Atlantic Coast Conference coaches think the 6-foot-3, 225-pound switch-hitter is going to be?

After consulting with coaches and scouts, Baseball America named Teixeira the preseason All-ACC third baseman and Freshman of the Year. Teixeira holds the distinction of being the only freshman named All-Conference in a league ranked as the nation's third best.

Two other former county stars were also named to their respective preseason All-Conference teams: North County's Steve Tomshack and Matt Griswold of Severna Park.

Tomshack, a senior at UMBC who hit .407 with 18 homers and 59 RBIs as a junior, was the preseason All-Northeast Conference catcher.

Griswold, an All-Atlantic 10 Conference outfielder at Virginia Tech last year as a junior when he batted .361 with nine homers and a conference-leading 65 RBIs, was named to the '99 preseason team.

Arundel's Hector Guadalupe, the 1998 county Player of the Year and an All-Metro shortstop, is the starting third baseman at Indian River (Fla.) Community College. The switch-hitter has "really impressed," says coach Mike Easom.

Mike Ziegler, an All-Metro pitcher at Old Mill in 1997 who went on to become a junior college All-American and Alabama Player of the Year at Shoals (Ala.) CC, is the ace of the Tallahassee CC pitching staff this season.

Ziegler transferred after the Shoals' coach resigned.

High school hops

Southern left-handed pitcher Tony Rolfes signed for a baseball scholarship to UNC-Charlotte.

Rolfes was noticed by the 49ers' coaching staff as the top relief pitcher (5-1) for the national 16-year-old champion Maryland Orioles of coach Dean Albany.

Albany's Orioles have been invited to play in a prestigious high school eligible tournament in mid-June in Omaha, Neb., site of the College World Series.

"It's all part of the College World Series showcase and Dean's team was among the top teams all over the country recommended," said Anaheim Angels scout Jerry Wargo, who runs the Southern Maryland Baseball School.

"The opportunities for scholarships for the Maryland kids will be incredible. Most of the country's colleges and the top scouts and general managers from major-league baseball will be there."

Wargo is currently running his Southern Maryland winter high school baseball school at Arundel High in Gambrills on Sundays through Feb. 14 with a record 350 participants.

Ten to 20 college baseball coaches have been showing up each week. The exposure the high school players get has led to scores of baseball scholarships.

As a result of his opening the door for Anne Arundel County players and beyond, Wargo will receive the Executive of the Year Award from the Maryland State Baseball Coaches Association at their Feb. 12 banquet.

Wargo will be honored at Camden Yards along with Teixeira ('98 High School Player of the Year) and Glen Burnie's Frank Svoboda (Umpire of the Year).

Scholar-athlete dance

The Friends of Joe Cannon Committee will hold its first baseball scholarship dance on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Glen Burnie Post 40 American Legion Hall. All the proceeds go to the baseball scholar-athlete fund. For information, call Stuart Schmidt at 410-768-5216 or Ed Pettus 410-379-5412.

Sideliners

Amy Langendorf, a sophomore at North Carolina State from Arundel High, has been named East Atlantic Gymnastics League Gymnast of the Week. Langendorf had career highs in the all-around (39.025), beam (9.85) and the floor (9.8) in pacing the Wolfpack to a double-win over Towson and James Madison.

Junior midfielder Aaron Walenga of North County and Arnold resident Michael Garrott, a freshman defenseman from Mount St. Joseph, are two of nine Marylanders on this year's Air Force Academy lacrosse team.

Schedule change, boys basketball: No. 10 St. Frances (6-5) at No. 1 Spalding (17-2) tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Have a note or question for Sidelines? Call Pat O'Malley's 24-hour Sportsline at 410-647-2499.

Pub Date: 1/27/99

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