Oct. 20, 2016
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall baseball is set to host three winter camps that will be held in the Indoor Athletic Facility at the Chris Cline Complex in December and January.
The first camp offered will be the `Big League' camp on Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11. The first day will be focused on offense, while the second day of the camp will be on defense and pitching. Current Cleveland Indians hitting coordinator Jim Rickon will lead the instruction Saturday with Herd coach Jeff Waggoner and staff. Rickon has been the hitting coordinator for the Indians the last three years and has played an important part in their current run to the World Series. Mental and physical aspects of hitting will be addressed along with the importance of strength, conditioning, nutrition and academics.
Sunday of the `Big League' camp will be led by assistant coach Josh Newman, a former Ohio State Buckeye and Major League pitcher with the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals. Assisting Newman will be Waggoner, assistant coach Victor Gomez, Corey Bird and Aaron Bossi. Gomez, who spent time in the Atlanta Braves organization, will lead the infield. Bird, a seventh-round draft selection by the Miami Marlins in 2016, will coach the outfield. Catching will be instructed by Waggoner and Bossi, who is a part of the New York Yankees organization. The cost of the camp is $125 per day, but a discounted rate is offered if enrolled to both camps. The camp is open to any individual from sixth to 12th grade.
The second camp held is the `Little Herd Baseball Camp' on Tuesday, Dec. 27 and Wednesday, Dec. 28. The camp will provide a great opportunity for a Christmas present for aspiring players. All elements within the game of baseball will be covered along with fundamental development for all individuals. Campers will take part in competitions and drills led by staff members, current and former Herd student-athletes. The cost of the camp is $175 and is available for anyone from kindergarten to 12th grade.
The final camp being offered is the `Marshall Select Prospect Showcase,' which includes everything a prospective collegiate baseball player is looking for in terms of exposure and skill instruction. The camper will receive one-on-one instruction from the Marshall coaching staff along with current and former Marshall student-athletes. Individuals will participate in position specific work drills and learn how to prepare for college baseball. Positional players will go through a pro style workout while pitchers will throw bullpen with evaluations done by the coaching staff. The showcase will help educate individuals on the recruiting process and how to go about reaching their goals of playing college baseball. The showcase is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14, and is open for individuals who are in ninth to 12th grade or junior college.
The Thundering Herd is coming off its best season in program history with 34 overall wins and 21 wins in Conference USA play. The Herd ranked in the top 5 of 17 different offensive categories in C-USA play. MU was first in hits (315), RBIs (189), home runs (36), doubles (69), total bases (504) and stolen bases (50).
For more information on the camps, please contact assistant coach Heath Storey by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 304-696-3789.