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Ten Things to Know, 2017 Edition: Week of 2/13/17

02/13/2017 1:15 PM -

The sun is shining today. It feels like a late winter day that is trying really hard to be spring, so that we start playing some baseball. This time of year is particularly exciting for our offices, as it begins our weekly "10 Things to Know" notebook. We started it in 2010 as a way to learn something - anything! - about the first crop of Sweets players. Since that inaugural season, more than 200 players have donned a Sweets jersey - with nearly 50 of those players continuing on to professional baseball. We can't wait to meet this years team, and it starts with this project.

On to 10 Things to Know, Volume VIII: Week of 2/13/17:

  1. Joseph Zimmer, Whitman Baseball: Leading off is a player that we feel will be very exciting to watch, both this spring and summer, at Borleske Stadium. Zimmer, selected as a pre-season All-American, showed why he was worthy of the honor. After a slow start to the weekend, he became a beast: Seven hits, two of those being homeruns, five RBI, and fifteen total bases - after going 0-5 to start the series! Whitman took three-of-four.
  2. Patrick Stanton, Whitman Baseball: A lone inning and strikeout, but it was important - Stanton was coming off a shoulder injury from this fall, and both the Blues and the Sweets needed to see that he could be healthy and successful. So far, so good. He will be counted on to add depth, especially early on.
  3. Garret Atkinson, Whitman Baseball: We may as well stay with the Blues - it was an impressive opening weekend. Atkinson, who spent time in '16 as a lefty specialist, made two appearances this weekend and struck out two while not allowing a walk.
  4. Billy Dimlow, Emory Baseball: Dimlow, a late add in 2016, was an absolute star on Saturday afternoon. The Eagles starter pitched seven innings, only gave up two hits, struck out twelve, and our favorite stat of the day: didn't allow a single free pass. His performance earned him Student-Athlete of the week.
  5. Jackson Weeg, Emory Baseball: Jackson was the Eagles Opening Day starter, and while he didn't secure the win for himself, the Eagles did sweep the series (team wins always trump personal glory!). Weeg was one of the best left-handed pitchers in the WCL in 2016.
  6. Mathew Troupe, Emory Baseball: We will stay in Atlanta, as Trouper - a member of our 2016 coaching staff - flew the Sweets coop to become the pitching coach for the Emory Eagles. With Weeg and Dimlow, he has some talent to work with.
  7. Division I Baseball Starts this next weekend: While D-III has the spotlight this weekend, the attention shifts to the D-I ranks this weekend. Partner schools Richmond, LMU, UC-Irvine, USF and others not yet listed on the roster start play this Saturday.
  8. Matt Imhof retires: You may remember Matt Imhof, a tall, powerful (yet raw) LHP from Cal Poly who pitched for the Sweets in 2012. After a celebrated career for the Mustangs, he was drafted in the 2nd round of the MLB Draft by the Phillies. This past season, he suffered a freak injury that caused him to lose his eye, ending his career. He wrote a moving retirement piece for ESPN - proof that not only do we sign talented ballplayers for our fans, but excellent and grounded human beings.
  9. 4 for $44 - a screamin' deal: This past week, we launched our mini-plans, and the hot seller right now is the 4 for $44 - (4) reserved tickets, (4) soft drinks, (4) hot dogs, and (4) chips for just $44. We'll even through in a team pennant when you buy in February. Click here to buy.
  10. Spring Training Trip to Arizona: If there was ever a winter that was worthy of escape to Arizona, it was this past winter. The Sweets are all set to bring some season ticket holders and other guests down to warm and sunny Arizona for our annual visit with the Mariners for spring training. Manager Scott Servais is excited about the prospects of the 2017 season. Did you know that Scott's son Tyler played in the WCL for the Bend Elks in 2013?

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