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Bradley Baseball Players Prepared for Summer Ball

Posted in Uncategorized by com360bu on May 13, 2013
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By: Greg Partyka and Derek Sprout

Peoria, IL—As the Bradley University season is coming to a close, baseball does not end for the majority of its players until August.  19 of Bradley’s returning players will be continuing on to summer baseball.

“Summer ball is a great time to become a better baseball player,” said junior infielder Eric Paulson.  “It is a great opportunity to meet new people as well as play games against players from all around the country.”  Paulson will be spending the next few months playing in the Beach League in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

There are many summer leagues all around the country, from the Alaskan League to the Coastal Plains League in the southeast United States.  Most of these leagues use wood bats rather than the aluminum bats that players use when competing for their schools.  Playing during the summer offers athletes more of a chance to gain exposure from professional scouts, as well as baseball specific websites such as Baseball America and Prep Baseball Report.  The leagues vary in competition level but the overall consensus is that the best and most prestigious league is the Cape Cod League.  The Braves will have two representatives in this League with sophomore outfielder Max Murphy and freshman pitcher Brent Stong playing for the Falmouth Commodores.

“Getting the chance to play in the Cape is the opportunity of a lifetime,” says Murphy who has already gained attention from Major League teams.  “I am excited to play against some of the best college players in the country.”

Summer baseball offers college athletes the chance to understand the grind of a professional schedule.  Games are played almost every day and often come with long bus rides.  However the summer season is much more laid-back than the school season.

“Summer ball is definitely a grind,” explains sophomore outfielder Isaac Smith.  “It’s not really as intense as the Bradley season is though.  During the school year it is tough sometimes to juggle baseball and class but during the summer all I have to worry about is baseball.  All I do every day is workout in the morning and play a game in the evening.  It’s nice not having to worry about anything else.”

The Bradley Braves currently have seven games left in their regular season and then will compete in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament starting on May, 21.  If the Braves win the tournament their season will continue in the NCAA tournament but as soon as their season ends, players will be off to their respective teams.  You can check on how each member of the Braves are playing during their summer season by going to bradleybraves.com.

Check out how the Braves will be preparing for next season here.

Here’s a look at Steve Adkins road to recovery after a successful Tommy John Surgery:

Take a look at Eric Paulson’s summer baseball journey.