JUCO Tournament 2012: Colorado Hosts Its 53rd World Series


Renovated Sam Suplizio field by permission from Neosho pitcher Jackson Rowe (@jacksonrowe)

The tournament for the Junior College (JUCO) World Series is set to begin on Saturday in Grand Junction, Co. All these years Colorado baseball fans have pined for a World Series, and yet they've continually hosted one annually in the Western Slope since 1959. This season marks the grand reopening of Sam Suplizio field. Renovations of the park were completed in earnest for the opening of the Grand Junction Rockies debut and for the JUCO tournament. For more on the renovations and to view pics of the new stadium check out Mesa County's website here.

For more info on the JUCO Tournament there's a wonderful website here.
There will be a live streaming video feed of the games you can watch.

Top Players

Dylan Baker - Western Nevada

1.86 ERA, 114 K's
Top Pitcher in JUCO this year. Touches 100 mph on his fastball with a commanding breaking ball.

Damek Tomscha - Iowa Western

.444, 14 HR
The third baseman is JUCO's top hitter this season and is ranked the #14 JUCO prospect by Baseball America. Tomscha has been drafted twice already by the Phillies out of high school in 2010 and the Florida Marlins last season. He has already committed to Auburn for next year.

School breakdowns after the jump

#1 Iowa Western (Council Bluffs, Ia)

Record 57-5, North Champ

Players to watch:

Tanner Krietemeier 1.42 ERA, 74 K's, .422, 7 HR,
Switch hitter with 17 doubles and 11 stolen bases.
P/OF, Sophomore, Never Drafted, Committed to Oklahoma State

Damek Tomscha .444, 14 HR
3B, Sophomore, ranked #14 JUCO prospect by Baseball America, Committed to Auburn

#2 Jefferson College (Hillsboro, Mo)

Record 51-10, South Central Champ

Players to watch:

Tyler Thompson 2.13 ERA, 91 K's
@Tyler15Thompson (Has an awesome Mullet pic)

Dalton Friend 2.94 ERA, 68 K's

LHP, Sophomore, Never Drafted, Committed to Texas Tech

Brett Wylie .464 AVG,
SS/2B, Committed to Missouri State

#3 Polk State (Winter Haven, Fl)

Record 45-10, Gulf District Champ

Players to watch:

Alec Asher 1.38 ERA, 113 K's

Alec ran off a streak of 33 consecutive scoreless innings this year. Throws a fastball 93-96. Is currently the #2 ranked pitcher in JUCO baseball.
RHP, Sophomore, Drafted by S.F. Giants in ‘10, Committed to Tampa

Michael Danner .332 AVG, 10 HR's
LF, Earned the Scholar Athlete award with his 3.6 GPA. He models his swing after Ichiro Suzuki.

#4 Cisco College (Cisco, Tx)

Record 48-13, Southwest Champ

Players to watch:

Corey Taylor 1.39 ERA, 48 K's, Freshman

Jake Armstrong .446 AVG, 6 HR's
SS, Freshman

#5 Neosho County CC (Chanute, Ks)

Record 48-14, Region 6 Champ

Players to watch:

Matt Strahm 1.37 ERA, 124 K's
School's all-time leader in CG, shutouts and strikeouts. Commands a 92-93 mph fastball and hard slider. LHP, Sophomore, Committed to Nebraska

Adam Giacalone .407 AVG, 12 HR's, 1.72 ERA, 85 K's

P/1B, First Team All-American 2011, Sophomore, Threw two perfect games in high school.

#6 Western Nevada College (Carson City, Nv)

Record 47-15, Western Champ

Players to watch:

Dylan Baker 1.86 ERA, 114 K's

Top Pitcher in JUCO this year. Touches 100 mph on his fastball with a commanding breaking ball. Hails from Alaska. RHP, Sophomore, Never drafted, Not committed

Dillon Ness .325, 4 HR's
OF, Saved the Wildcats season in the Region 18 tournament with a game-winning homerun over Southern Nevada.

#7 Spartanburg Methodist (Spartanburg, S.C.)

Record 45-16, Eastern Champ

Players to watch:

Jimmy Lindbergh 1.68 ERA 37 K's

Bruce Caldwell .444 AVG, 15 HR's
SS, Hit 26 doubles on the season. @BCbrewski9

#8 San Jacinto (Houston, Tx)

Record 37-23, Southern Champ

Players to watch:

Daniel Stumpf 2.27 ERA, 108 K's
LHP, Sophomore

Estaban Gomez .323 AVG, 1 HR
1B, Drafted by Houston Astros 2010

#9 Shelton State CC (Tuscaloosa, Al)

Record 38-21, Southeastern Champ

Player to watch:

Terrance Dedrick .363 AVG, 1 HR, 2.28 ERA, 5 Saves

#10 Gordon (Barnesville, Ga)

Record 36-23, East Central Champ

Players to watch:

Kenny Anderson 2.45 ERA, 67 K's

Bobby Woodall .394/.458/.543

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