Living on Oahu I don’t have many opportunities to see really good baseball prospects, so this weekend was pretty exciting. The #4 team in the nation, Cal Poly, was playing the University of Hawaii. Cal Poly has a very deep and talented roster, spearheaded by their ace Matt Imhof, closer Reed Reilly and a powerful (and productive) line-up.
But there was some Division II baseball as well, with Hawaii Pacific University playing Azusa Pacific. Azusa has a very good team this season, and while the hitting is more than holding its own, its the teams starters that are really exciting. The rotation of Joel Belk (4-1, 1.91 ERA), Zach Hedges (4-2, 2.92 ERA), Josh Staumont (6-3, 3.25 ERA) and Adam McCreery (4-2, 3.44 ERA) is one of the most talented in Division II ball.
I was reading Baseball America a couple weeks ago when they specifically mentioned Staumont as one of the “most exciting Division II prospects in years”. Baseball America selected him as the pre-season pitcher of the year, and the Divisions #1 prospect for the 2015 draft. This is all very high praise.
I was bummed that I was not able to go to the game that he pitched–the weather was terrible. But I talked to a friend that saw him pitch, and a scout a couple of days ago as well, and both said great things about him. I thought the neatest comment was that his pitches just sounded different then everyone else from the series.
Anyway, I was able to get his autograph at the game. I was worried I would miss out (this was the last game of the series), but I was able to get him autograph and even talk for a couple minutes. As with most of the guys on the team, I was surprised how nice he was. I feel bad that I did not ask him some better questions.