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The Titans swept the Five Star Conference championships, with their boys also capturing first district and regional titles.
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Hurricane Dorian wiped out a week of the high school sports fall season, but teams are ready to get back in gear this week.
That includes the area’s golf programs, several of whom enjoyed tremendous 2018 campaigns. University swept Five Star titles, and its boys captured district and regional crowns for the first time.
Can the Titans repeat this year?
Here are in-depth previews of the Volusia/Flagler area’s squads.
Atlantic
COACH: Rick Bowrosen
TOP BOYS: Jacob Schaff (Sr.), Joey Schomer (Jr.), Cade Ornstein (Jr.), Ryan Savolis (Jr.), Paulie Jueckstock (Jr.), Cole Somerton (Sr.)
TOP GIRLS: Erica Darcy (So.), Tylar Whiting (So.), Magen Geary (Sr.), Bailey Wilson (So.)

OUTLOOK: Atlantic’s girls feature a strong 1-2 punch in sophomores Darcy and Whiting. Darcy qualified for the state tournament, and Whiting was low medalist at Five Star in 2018. Schaff headlines a group of five returners for the boys and is expected to be a force.

DeLand
COACHES: Roger Bismore (boys), Chris Dowdell (girls)
TOP BOYS: Brooks Dawson (Jr.), David Kolle (Fr.), Pierce Earley (Fr.), Jarret Rogers (Sr.), Trever Jones (Sr.)
TOP GIRLS: Ryanne Ferriero (Jr.), Marissa Sanchez (Sr.), Maia Campbell (So.)
OUTLOOK: Ferriero led the Bulldogs’ girls team with a 49 average last season and qualified for regionals. Three freshmen are brand new to the sport. The boys lost several key players from last year, but their best five all shoot in the low-to-mid-40s. Bismore expects to see some rounds dip into the 30s in the coming weeks.

Deltona
COACH: Kenny Farmer II
TOP BOYS: Kenny Farmer III (So.), Quentin Owens (So.), Nachuel Velazco (Fr.), Lucas Greenwood (So.)
OUTLOOK: All three sophomores saw varsity action and have made progress, new coach Farmer said. The Wolves’ top two — Farmer and Owens — are expected to contend locally this fall.

Father Lopez

COACHES: Tom Blawn (girls), Lenny Morrow (boys)
TOP BOYS: Luke Kennovin (Jr.), Riley Lessard (Sr.), Antonio Moreno (Jr.), Carl Davis (Sr.)
TOP GIRLS: Lisa Colee (Sr.), Eden Tsouklaris (Fr.), Elisabeth Carvajol (Fr.), Daria Babazedah (Sr.)
OUTLOOK: Colee earned Girls Golfer of the Year honors in 2018, shooting consecutive rounds of even-par 72 at the Class 1A state finals to take eighth place. She is joined by a pair of freshman who impressed in the Volusia/Flagler 18-hole summer league. The boys have a pair of returning starters in Kennovin (41 average per nine holes) and Lessard (45 per nine) to anchor the lineup.
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Flagler Palm Coast
COACHES: Steve Collier (boys)

TOP BOYS: Alex Machado (Sr.), Joseph Rizzo (Sr.), Andrew Machado (So.), Cameron Coates (Sr.), Noah Trawick (Jr.), Wyatt Ferenz (So.)
TOP GIRLS: Kate Parsons (So.), Caroline Rizzo (Jr.), Lauren Holmgreen (Jr.), Rylee Millikan (Jr.)
OUTLOOK: Alex Machado already scored low medal honors with a 42 in FPC’s first match. Rizzo stands out as the boys’ only returning regional qualifier. Parsons anchors the girls team with a 45 nine-hole average. DeAugustino believes she can contend for a place on the All-Area squad, along with Rizzo and Holmgreen.

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The Chicago White Sox have a checkered history with the MLB draft since it initiated in 1965. While there have been some terrific selections (notably Frank Thomas, Harold Baines and Chris Sale), there have been many more disappointments.

This is the fourth of an eight-part series which will detail the best White Sox selections in each of the first 40 rounds of the draft. There have been several White Sox picks who went unsigned, but made it big after being drafted in later years by other teams (Jimmy Key comes immediately to mind), but I’m simply looking at players who actually signed with the White Sox. Very few picks of recent vintage will make this list, as they’re still trying to add to their careers. In football and basketball, a clear picture of how successful a draft is can be determined within three years; in baseball, it’s closer to five.
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Without further ado, here are the most successful selections in the 16th-20th rounds.

Bellaire H.S. (Bellaire, Texas)

Chris Young is far and away the most successful signed selection the White Sox have made in the 16th round. Unfortunately, his entire major league career was played on teams away from the South Side. Young worked his way up through the Sox system, and slashed a solid .277/.377/.545 in pitching-friendly Birmingham in 2005 at 22 years old. Unfortunately, he was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks along with Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez and Luis Vizcaino for pitcher Javier Vazquez in December of that year. During his 13-year playing career, much of it spent with the Diamondbacks, Young compiled a .235/.314/.428 slash line and 16.1 bWAR. He slugged 191 homers and swiped 142 bases. His best season may have been 2010 for Arizona, when he slashed .257/.341/.452 with 27 homers, 91 RBIs, 74 walks and 28 stolen bases. Young shone in the postseason in 60 at-bats, with a .313/.450/.688 slash line with five homers.

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MLB’s 2020 Hall of Fame ballot was released Monday and it included six former Phillies of varying degrees of popularity. In fact, it’s hard to even say which of the six is the most beloved in Philly.

Bobby Abreu
Raul Ibanez
Cliff Lee
Scott Rolen
Curt Schilling
Billy Wagner

• At first glance, you might say Lee. He had great moments with the Phillies, memorable playoff games, and that low-key swag that drew fans to him. But things ended in a clunky way when he came back the second time. An elbow injury caused Lee to miss the final 1½ years of his contract and he was pretty much invisible during that time. He was also noticeably absent when the 2009 NL Championship team got together at Citizens Bank Park this past summer. The answer is still probably Lee, but it was a sour end for plenty of folks.

• Abreu is very well-respected around the game for being an ahead-of-his-time player with gaudy, well-rounded stats, but he was and still is polarizing around here. A portion of the fan base will always look at Abreu as an overrated compiler who was scared of walls. The other portion — it may be an even 50-50 split these days — appreciates the player Abreu was and realizes he’d be worth $200 million today.

• Phillies fans haven’t forgotten Rolen’s elite defense. Rolen was truly one of the best defensive third basemen of all time. But he orchestrated his way out of here and that is remembered equally, if not more so.

• Schilling … not delving into that one beyond an acknowledgment that his playoff performances were legendary, he had four excellent seasons and his post-playing career has been very strange.

• Ibañez was well-liked here and everywhere else he played. He may manage in the majors some day soon. He had an incredible first half in 2009, his first year with the Phillies, then was just slightly above average the rest of his three-year career with them.

• Phillies fans don’t feel especially attached to Wagner, who was great here but lasted only two seasons. Unlike the other five on the list, Wagner should be in the Hall of Fame, in my opinion. Wagner was a more dominant reliever than Trevor Hoffman or Lee Smith. He had six seasons with an ERA under 2.00. He saved 422 games. He could have hung around for three more seasons to hit the arbitrary number of 500, which would have made him a Hall of Famer. Instead, Wagner retired on his terms after posting a 1.43 ERA for the Braves in 2010.

It will be interesting to see whether Abreu, a first-time candidate, gets the groundswell of support we’ve seen in recent years with players like Tim Raines.

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Jorge (triceps) agreed to a minor-league contract with the Reds on Thursday that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The 25-year-old spent all of 2018 rehabbing a triceps injury, but he has a bit of major-league experience from his debut in 2017. However, Jorge hasn’t found much success above Double-A in his professional career and his peripheral stats aren’t great. Assuming his triceps issue is behind him by the time spring training rolls around, he figures to compete for a back-end rotation spot in spring training, though some time at Triple-A is the more likely conclusion for Jorge this season.

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LOS ANGELES — When calling for Inbox questions, I wondered if the Dodgers have Corey Kluber or Bryce Harper on their Winter Meetings shopping list, and Ryan @ryanall26322308 wants those answers first.
Kluber would be a great fit anywhere. He’s a two-time Cy Young Award winner under control for up to three years with a team-friendly contract. Add him to Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler, and the Dodgers would have their best top-three in at least half a century. The Dodgers, though, are skeptical that the Indians will move Kluber.
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As for Harper, the next contract president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman gives for $100 million or $200 million or $300 million or more will be the first. Anything’s possible, but committing that much to one player would be a total and complete departure from everything this ownership has done since it bought the club, especially if reports are true that the team still wants to avoid paying luxury tax. Reports this week that Magic Johnson had a recruiting meeting with Harper were denied by Johnson.
Do you think Alex Verdugo will still be a Dodger next season or is he the Dodgers’ top trade bait?
– J.T. @trombaj
To a trading partner, Verdugo probably is the most attractive outfielder not named Cody Bellinger in a crowded group. After back-to-back dominant seasons at Triple-A, Verdugo hasn’t seemed to have won over decision-makers the way Corey Seager, Bellinger or Buehler did. Looks like a valuable trade chip to me.
Can the Dodgers get by with giving Austin Barnes the chance to catch more with a cheap backup until the young guys are ready?
– oldman @wendelldunbar
They haven’t given up on Barnes, despite his disappointing 2018 season. They want a short-term veteran bridge to pair with Barnes until their pipeline of deep catching prospects delivers a big leaguer. They missed out on Yan Gomes, but free agent Nick Hundley might be a fit if they don’t pay up in prospects to get J.T. Realmuto.
They are days away from the Winter Meetings and they don’t even have a GM? Any idea what is going on?
– Greg Zerbey
The Dodgers have two experienced former general managers in Friedman and Josh Byrnes, and probably the biggest baseball operations and analytics department in the game. They aren’t short-handed. Farhan Zaidi is a big loss, but probably because whatever the Dodgers’ secret sauce is, the Giants now know all about it. With extensions for Kershaw and Dave Roberts, filling coaching vacancies, roster moves and the Winter Meetings, Friedman had said it might be a while before a replacement is found.
With seven starters on the pitching staff, do you see them trading any of them?
– Glenn Munoz @GlennMunoz6
Yes, especially with rumors that they are interested in trading for Kluber and/or signing Japanese free agent Yusei Kikuchi, who projects as a third starter. If either is acquired, I could see Rich Hill or Alex Wood being expendable.
Understanding Alex Verdugo’s journey was delayed because of the outfield logjam, can we expect prospects to move up faster for positions with clear “openings” (Will Smith at catcher; [Gavin] Lux at second base), or is the plan to be patient because of service time?
– Jonny Solís @JonnySolisOffic
Maybe I’m naive, but I don’t think this management team makes roster decisions based on service time. If anything, the Dodgers can’t transition to younger, cheaper players fast enough — but not before their time. The last three years they’ve had two winners and a third-place finish for National League Rookie of the Year. If they’re good enough, they’ll play.
Finally, not everybody agreed with my view of the Top 10 Dodgers trades of all-time. OK, nobody agreed. Here are a few that didn’t make my cut.
From [email protected]
Frank Howard + 4 for Claude Osteen +1. Future two-time league HR champ for future five-time All-Star; Jim Brewer for Minor Leaguer; Ron Fairly + 3 for Maury Wills and Manny Mota; Dick Allen for Tommy John; Willie Davis for Mike Marshall.
From David Anderson [email protected]
Gino Cimoli to the St. Louis Cardinals for Wally Moon and Phil Paine.

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The Dodgers in the 16th round of the 2016 MLB Draft took Memphis junior outfielder Darien Tubbs with pick No. 491 overall.

Tubbs hit .304/.379/.441 with 12 doubles, five triples and three home runs in 57 games in 2016, leading Memphis in both walks (26) and stolen bases (22), the latter in just 24 attempts.

The 5’9 Tubbs bats right-handed and throws left-handed, and he started 156 games in center field in his three years in school, and stole 66 bases.

“We inserted Darien into the pressure-packed leadoff spot day one of his freshmen year,” said Memphis head coach Daron Schoenrock. “He withstood several ups and downs in his freshmen campaign and to see the player he has grown into three years later, makes all of us in Tiger Baseball proud. He is ready to launch the next step of his baseball career and possess the tools and makeup to excel at the professional level. All of Darien’s hard work will serve him well and we wish him the best.”

Tubbs is the son of former major league outfielder Greg Tubbs, who was drafted by the Braves in the 22nd round in 1984 and played 35 games for the Reds in 1993. The elder Tubbs, who hit .186/.351/.237 in 74 plate appearances, is one of just three major league players since 1901 with a career batting average under .200 and on-base percentage of at least .350 in at least 50 plate appearances.

Tubbs wasn’t drafted out of high school, but his coach Butch Chaffin predicted big things three years ago, per Craig Delk of the Herald-Citizen:

“10’s work ethic in the off season has been the difference,” he said, referencing Tubbs’ jersey number. “He is one of the strongest kids at CHS and he is all business when it is time to work. It would be easy for him to rest on his merits so far, but he doesn’t. He has put in hours and extra hours working on his swing and his arm strength and turned himself into a draft pick. I have no doubt in my mind that he will play professional baseball.”

Looks like Chaffin knew what he was talking about.

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So let’s put this horrific start into some perspective. Game Score is a fun, easy stat that attempts to quantify the quality of a starter’s outing. It starts at 50 and then points are added or subtracted based on how well or poorly the pitcher performs. Using the Baseball Reference Play Index, I was able to find the worst ever starts according to Game Score.

The worst start ever was delivered by George LeClair of the Pittsburgh Rebels in 1914 in a Federal League game. He surrendered 21 runs in this game giving him a whopping -56 Game Score. If we look more at the modern game, Mike Oquist becomes our worst performer with a -21 Game Score.

He achieved this by allowing 14 runs in 5 innings. Dylan Bundy had a Game Score of 10 on Tuesday, which is a far cry from these negative numbers, but these pitchers were allowed to keep on pitching while Bundy failed to record a single out.

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We have to give Bundy some extra credit since he wasn’t able to retire any batters. This puts an extra hardship on the bullpen that could have ripple effects for weeks.

Also, given an unlimited leash, who knows how many runs he would have allowed. Looking at pitchers who were unable to record an out, Bundy starts to creep toward the top (or bottom depending on how you want to look at it) of the leaderboard.

Bundy’s Game Score ranks 9th worst all-time among pitchers who did not record an out. The worst of which being Paul Wilson who posted a 7 Game Score without recording an out twice in his career.

The remarkable aspect of Bundy’s start and what might make it the worst start ever is the fantastic way that he surrendered all the runs.

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Not only did he allow every batter to score, but every swing resulted in a base hit. Four out of five of those hits left the ballpark. In fact, Bundy became the first pitcher ever to allow four home runs in a start without retiring a single batter.

This requires an exceptional level of futility. Bundy did not have his command on Tuesday night which was further evidenced by the only batters that didn’t hit the ball hard reached base via free passes.

The home runs show that not only did Bundy not have a good command of his pitches, but he also did not have good enough stuff to get the ball by hitters while making mistakes. This is a bad combination that culminated in one of the worst and shortest outings of all time.

Possibly the most unfortunate part of all of this is that Bundy had gotten off to a really good start to the season. This recent outing, however, is his third poor performance in a row, all but eliminating all the good work that he had done before.

In his last three starts, Bundy has pitched nine innings and allowed 22 runs. That is a far cry from his first five starts where he only allowed five runs over 31 2/3 innings pitched.

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It will be fascinating to see how Dylan Bundy can bounce back from this horrendous start. He had finally begun to turn the corner and become a front of the rotation starter before this recent poor stretch. It would be a real shame to see him fall apart like this after all of his hard work with the Baltimore Orioles.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers formally announced their 2019 coaching staff for Double-A Tulsa, which most notably includes the return of Scott Hennessey as manager. It marks his second full year at the position since replacing the departed Ryan Garko in July 2017.

Pitching coach Dave Borkowski, athletic trainer Kalie Swain and performance coach Shaun Alexander additionally remain in Tulsa. New additions to the staff include hitting coach Adam Melhuse and coach Petie Montero.

In Hennessey’s first full year at the helm, the Drillers posted a 74-65 record during the regular season en route to a Texas League North Division second-half title. Tulsa went on to sweep San Antonio in three games to claim their first Texas League Championship since 1998.

Over parts of three seasons with the Drillers, Hennessey has compiled a 101-78 regular season record. He has especially thrived at home, leading the club to an impressive 61-30 mark at ONEOK Field — a 67 percent winning percentage.

The 2019 season marks Borkowski’s second with the Drillers. He joined the organization in 2018 after spending two years as pitching coach of Double-A Corpus Christi for the Houston Astros organization.

Swain and Alexander also return for a second season in Tulsa. Both were promoted to the affiliate after spending the 2017 campaign with High-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Melhuse replaces former hitting coach Terrmel Sledge, who spent the previous three years in that capacity for the Drillers. He was poached by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason, who named Sledge their new assistant hitting coach for the 2019 season.

Montero takes the spot of Leo Garcia on the Drillers coaching staff. The 2019 season marks his third in the Dodgers organization, having most recently assisted Single-A Rancho Cucamonga in 2018.

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While no one from the 10-card subset has been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, a few guys did have pretty good careers.

The top position player in the set has to be Robin Ventura. The Oklahoma State star was the No. 10 overall pick so he just barely got into the subset. But his career included two All-Star appearances and six Gold Glove appearances, making him a clear standout here.

Three of the first four picks were pitchers and all were generally okay. No. 1 overall pick Andy Benes won 155 games in a 14-year big league career. No. 3 pick Steve Avery didn’t last as long, winning only 96 games. But he put together two very good seasons in 1991 and 1993, with 36 wins against only 14 losses. He also made an All-Star team and helped the Braves to the 1995 World Series.

Gregg Olson was the No. 4 overall pick and he wound up winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award in 1989, besting players like Tom Gordon, Jim Abbott, and some guy named Ken Griffey, Jr. Olson would also be named to an All-Star team and had 217 career saves. And speaking of Abbott, he’s there, too. The one-handed hurler instantly became a favorite of collectors and the No. 8 overall pick highlighted a ten-year career with a no-hitter in 1993.

The Busts
Not everyone that was featured had a solid career. The other half of this list produced some guys that were mere footnotes in baseball history.

It may technically be unfair to label No. 2 pick Mark Lewis a bust. He did, after all, last ten years in the majors. But as the first position player taken in the draft, the expectations were higher. He was largely a part-time player and with a .263 career batting average, he never became the star he was projected to be.

While Lewis’ status as a bust is a bit murkier, No. 6 overall pick Monty Fariss undoubtedly fits that label. He lasted only 104 games in the majors spread out over three seasons, retiring with a meager .217 batting average. Fariss was expected to be a power hitter as his 53 combined home runs as a sophomore and junior at Oklahoma State led us to believe. But in his three major league seasons with the Texas Rangers and Florida Marlins, he managed only four long balls. Still, what Fariss accomplished is borderline Hall of Fame material compared to the final three guys in this subset.

For Ty Griffin, Willie Ansley and Bill Bene, making the Topps set would be their only big league highlight. All played several seasons of minor league ball but could never get to the major leagues. Griffin, the No. 9 overall selection, did win a gold medal with Team USA in 1988. But none of the group ever ‘made it,’ so to speak and to add insult to injury for the No. 5 pick Bene, he was sentenced to jail several years ago with tax issues related to a karaoke business.

Much like the cards collected during the era, the top 10 1988 draft picks held plenty of promise but in the end, it was more proof that there are no guarantees when it comes to prospecting.

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Today we’ll do the second of our series of our player evaluations from the 2019 season. Each player will receive a classic grade on the scale of A through F, based on their hitting, fielding, and whatever else the author wants to consider. You can find the first one here. Today we’ll be looking at third baseman Miguel Sano.

Miguel Sano came into 2019 off of almost two full years of nothing but struggles. Injuries, weight issues, and off-the-field struggles made it difficult to believe in the former young all-star. However, preseason hype over Sano’s swing and his shape made this season an interesting one at the beginning. Missing the first month and a half mostly killed this hype, and then some early struggles at the plate caused the doubts to rise to a roar.

And then Sano mashed. Following some in-season swing adjustments that caused a few weeks of miserable at-bats, Sano came around. Batting .195 on June 28, Sano finally mastered his swing changes and turned his season around.

Following June 28, Sano batted .279 with a .994 OPS, better than any player on the dreaded Yankees. In the stretch run, Sano was one of the best hitters in baseball. He clubbed a no-doubt walk-off home run (pinch-hit, no less), against the NL East Champion Atlanta Braves, as well as a grand-slam home run that effectively ended Cleveland’s season. While other players (such as Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco) shined brighter throughout the course of the season, perhaps no batter was more important down the stretch as Miguel Sano was.

While Sano is by no means an above-average third baseman in the field (-5 DRS), he was passable at the position. If he could cut down on routine ground-ball errors, he would most likely rise to league-average, considering his absolute rocket of an arm at the position. The 6’6” behemoth has often been derided for his defense, and will likely eventually move to first base, but did perform acceptably. Consider this: Kris Bryant, with a reputation as an elite third baseman in the league, racked up a DRS of -4 throughout the 2019 season.

While it was very much a tale of two seasons for Miguel at the plate, the stretch run of his season definitely outweighs the slow first month, in my opinion. With the very evident influence Nelson Cruz had on the young slugger, I would dare say we should expect more of the second-half intimidator that we saw this season from Sano. He had two of the biggest (and loudest) hits of the season, and with a passable glove at third, Sano gets a better-than-passing grade.