Kyle Crockett and Chad Pinder, who led Poquoson High to Group AA state baseball titles in 2009 and ’10, are receiving high marks as prospects in their respective organizations, according to a list published recently by Baseball America magazine.
Crockett, drafted out of the University of Virginia in the fourth round in June by the Cleveland Indians — who signed him for nearly $500,000 — has been listed as the organization’s top left-handed relief pitching prospect and the No. 11 prospect overall.
Baseball America named him as the Indians’ “Breakout Prospect” and added, “he could be one of the first 2013 draftees to reach the majors. He might go back to (Class AA) Akron to start the season, but is the clear favorite to be the first of the Indians’ 2013 draft class to reach the majors.”
The article continued: “He doesn’t have overwhelming velocity, working at 88-89 mph and topping at 92, but what he has plays up because of the life and deception he gets on his fastball.”
Crockett pitched for three minor-league teams last season, rising to Akron, where he pitched nine games, struck out nine batters in 10 innings and did not give up an earned run.
Pinder, a second-round supplemental pick of the Oakland Athletics — who signed him for $750,000 — is the highest draft pick from Virginia Tech in 32 years. His 42 games with Vermont of the New York-Penn League earned him a designation as Oakland’s No. 15 overall prospect and the “Best Infield Arm” among that group.
Pinder was a third baseman in college but now is playing shortstop. Baseball America projects him to start the season at low Class-A Beloit and said Pinder “has a chance to stick (at shortstop) due to solid hands, a good transfer and a strong accurate arm.”
Hitting-wise, “He does generate good bat speed and has a nice path to the ball, but the A’s would like to see him use a little better load on his swing.” Shoulder injuries slowed him a bit at Vermont, where he batted just .200 but had four doubles, three homers, eight RBI and 12 walks.
Bruton’s VHSCA all-stars
Bruton boys basketball coach Joe Dillard will get one more game with his best player, Marcus Carter. Dillard said this week that he has been selected as one of the coaches of the East/South team for the Virginia High School Coaches Association All-Star Game in July in Lynchburg.
Carter, a 6-foot-2 senior who averaged about 18 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.0 steals in leading Bruton to the 2A state championship game, has been selected to play for the East/South. He is the only Bay Rivers District boys player picked for the game.
Grafton’s Miller all-state
Joey Miller, who averaged better than 20 points per game in leading Grafton to the South Region semifinals, has been selected to the Virginia High School League’s Group 4A all-state boys basketball team.
Miller is joined on the all-state team by Troy Locke (Norcom), Cameron Jackson (Handley), Jamarcus Hairston (George Washington of Danville), Solomon Finley (Handley), Devon Oakley (Nansemond River), Grayson Midulla (Glen Allen) and Tony Parker (Norcom).
York softball standouts
With a 12-5 win over highly touted Warhill and a 1-0 loss to perennial powerhouse New Kent, York is showing signs of contending for the Bay Rivers District softball title.
The Falcons' lineup features four college-bound players, and that doesn't even include all-district infielder Maddie Rogerson, who reportedly will focus on academics in college.