Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Perno continues to build a powerhouse program

A few baseball notes and thoughts...

Recently when asked about the upcoming pitching staff, Coach David Perno said this is potentially the best staff Georgia has ever had. I'm convinced that Georgia baseball is at the beginning of a long run of dominance. Perno is putting together a powerhouse program. Check out the Fall Baseball Review with David Perno.

This was an interesting story of Freshman Outfielder Zach Cone when he took BP with the Angels after LA took him in the 3rd round last June:

Zach Cone,
a high school outfielder from Georgia who was a third-round pick in the June draft, took early batting practice with the Angels on Monday and hit one home run.

Cone, who is expected to sign with the Angels this week, met several players, including Hunter, who showed Cone the pay stub from the twice-monthly check he received Monday. Hunter, who is making $16.5 million this season, was razzed by Scioscia and several players for showing the kid his check, but he provided a defense.

Kirby used to do that to me,” Hunter said, referring to former Twins teammate Kirby Puckett. “He did it to motivate me.” ... from LA Times back in July

These are the type baseball recruits Georgia used to struggle getting on campus. Perno is proving that you can come to Georgia and develop your game in Athens instead of A and AA pro ball. Good times in Athens playing in the SEC followed by trips to Omaha and potentially ending up 1st rounders is the reward.

More from Freshman Zach Cone on upcoming season:

"Watching this team in the CWS last season, I knew things were going to be pretty good here," Cone said. "I love having a national title as the expectation around here. Everyone at Georgia is cool, and I love it here."

Read all of it here: Georgia expects freshmen to contribute ... Kendall Rogers

Perno believes Mike Palazzone and Cecil Tanner are two of the most talented arms the Bulldogs have ever had in a freshman class. He also loves hard-hitting freshman Chase Davidson, who definitely will be an immediate offensive contributor for the Bulldogs. Perno described Davidson as a "very" special player.

Read all of it here: More Georgia fall workout notes ... Kendall Rogers

Also: Freshman at Georgia were ranked 3rd by Baseball America ... georgiadogs
Also: Georgia still in good shape ... Kendall Rogers

The Future at Foley Field:
Drew Cisco to Georgia ... C&C
First four signees ... georgiadogs


JJ said...

Good Stuff. I'd like to see Perno keep this thing going and make the Dawgs a regular in Omaha (as opposed to every other year.)

Otto said...

IMHO........ Perno's diamond dawgs might just be the 3rd best program at UGA right now behind the Gymdawgs and the back to back national champion tennis team.