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Welcome to Dirtbags Baseball blog! I was introduced to Long Beach State baseball in 2002 when my nephew, Neil Jamison, joined the team (and university) as a freshman. I started the blog in March of 2004, and generally discuss the team, current players and those that have moved on to professional baseball - as Neil has done in the San Diego Padres organization. Living in San Diego County, and with Neil moving to the next level, I won't be attending as many Dirtbags games. But, mostly from a distance, I'll remain a Dirtbags fan. I welcome tips on stories and information concerning the Dirtbags (current, past and future). I can be contacted at


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Friday, November 04, 2005

Here's A Dirtbags Prospectus...

...from the Rosenblatt Report in September (no link to article, paid area):
When it comes to developing quality pitchers, there might not be a better place in the country to be than Long Beach State. Under the tutelage of skipper Mike Weathers and pitching coach Troy Buckley, the Dirtbags have assembled one of the nation's top pitching staffs on a routine basis. But unlike previous seasons, The Beach have their hands full heading into fall workouts.

The first order of business for Coach Weathers and his staff will be finding a few arms to the replace the likes of Cesar Ramos, Marco Estrada and Neil Jamison.

Ramos and Estrada combined to be one of the top one-two punches in the country last season, while Jamison was arguably the nation's top closer, finishing the year with an unblemished earned-run average and 11 saves.

"When we lost guys like Jered Weaver and others in the past, we've always had one or two outstanding pitchers coming back," Weathers said on Tuesday. "But this year, that is not the case, as Jared Hughes is the only weekend starter with experience we have returning this fall."

Hughes will have to grow up quick to take on the role as the staff ace after tossing 89 innings last season and compiling an earned-run average of 2.83 with 87 strikeouts.

"The staff we are bringing in this fall isn't going to have a lot of experience, so Jared (Hughes) coming in this fall with confidence after having such a great summer at the Cape is key for our club."

The Dirtbags will be looking for some newcomers to flex their muscles once fall workouts roll around and it shouldn't be hard finding the diamonds in the rough, as Coach Weathers' club brought in 20 new players, with 12 of them hailing from the high school ranks.

Among the newcomers, there are a few pitchers that head into the fall with high hopes to contribute right off the bat and they include RHP Andrew Carpenter, RHP Vance Worley, RHP Scott Turmail, LHP Shane Peterson, RHP Andre LaMontagne and RHP Brian Shaw.

"These are all guys who have a chance to step right in and contribute for us," Weathers said. "All of these guys except Carpenter are a year removed from high school, so experience is going to be the ultimate key here."

Outside of the pitching staff, the shortstop and catcher positions will be the most important holes to plug up this fall, as the Dirtbags will be without the services of All-American shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and catcher Chris Jones.

At the catcher position, the Dirtbags are looking for big-time production from freshman Kip Musada, while at shortstop; former high school prep star Danny Espinosa has a bright future ahead of him.

"We really feel like we have some talent at both of these positions," said Weathers. "But in the same breath, we have some inexperienced guys, so we're going to have to see how it all works out."

If all else fails at the shortstop position, the Dirtbags are prepared to move Evan Longoria over from third, but it is a situation that Coach Weathers and the staff look to avoid if at all possible.

In the outfield, the Dirtbags should get immediate help from centerfielder Robert Perry, a transfer from Santa Clara.

Perry heads to Long Beach State with impressive credentials after hitting .324 with four homeruns and 19 RBI last season. He also finished the year with an on-base percentage of .427.

Overall, the Dirtbags have a lot of work to do this fall without an experienced group of pitchers back, but history has shown that they will have a solid pitching staff once the spring rolls around.

At least that is what Coach Weathers and his team is hoping for.

Other News: The Dirtbags have begun their conditioning and weight training program, and will start individual workouts next Monday.... Team workouts are slated to begin on October 22nd, running through November 4th....In terms of a fall series to end workouts, LBSU is expected to play a Dirt versus Bags series during the final weekend of fall workouts....Despite having some question marks, particularly on the hill, the Dirtbags feel as if the talent level at the position is just fine, but that experience needs to be gained. The question now is how will the newcomers grasp the new system that they are in? Only time will tell...
The Dirt v. Bags series get under way tonight at 6:30, and continues at 2:00 on Saturday and 1:00 on Sunday. All games are at Blair Field.

posted on 11/04/2005 by Jeff Agnew

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