Congratulations to Brandon Waring 229th overall pick

Southern Conference Champions - 2007

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Postby Eyes of Old Main on Fri Jun 15, 2007 1:46 am

I think it's great he went ahead and signed and will get a jump on his pro career. I can hardly wait to follow him up through the ranks and hopefully to the majors. I also hope to catch him in a year or so when he gets to Chattanooga (AA) because they're in the Southern League with Mobile.
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Postby terriereyes on Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:38 am

Congrats to Brandon! Signing with Reds is great, but knowing that you are committed to getting your degree from Wofford as well as signing with the Reds is even greater! You are very mature and intelligent in including your finishing your degree as part of your contract. You make us all proud!

Postby terriereyes on Fri Jun 15, 2007 11:43 am

[quote="Ruckus"]As much I would like a Terrier in the pros and would like to follow Brandon's progress, $100k is nothing in terms a Wofford education and a life long career.[/quote]

Brandon knows the importance of that degree and that there is a life after baseball-----Finishing his college degree from Wofford is part of the contract. He has his priorities in the right place. Go Brandon!

Postby terrierbob on Fri Jun 22, 2007 9:44 am

In three games with Billings, Waring is batting .273 (3 out of 11).

Waring story from Billings Montana

Postby Roscoe Bonsweeney on Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:34 pm

Home opener: Waring looks to bring big bat to Ponies
Of The Gazette Staff

Brandon Waring wasn't expecting too much from his junior season at Wofford College.

Mainly, the 6-foot-4, 195-pounder was concerned with simply regaining his freshman form after missing most of his sophomore season with a hand injury.

He did so much more than that.

Waring wound up leading the Southern Conference this spring in hitting (.401) and home runs (27). He finished third in the league with 74 RBIs and became a first-team all-Southern Conference selection, a first-team Louisville Slugger All-American, and a unanimous choice for Most Outstanding Player in the Southern Conference Tournament.

He was also named as one of 10 semifinalists for the Brooks Wallace Award, given annually by the College Baseball Foundation to the nation's top college baseball player.

Waring went into the season with no thoughts of being drafted. He ended it as a seventh-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds and the starting third baseman for the Billings Mustangs when they began the Pioneer League season in Great Falls on Tuesday.

"I never really slumped and always tried to have good at-bats," Waring said of his breakout season for the Spartanburg, S.C., college. "Good things seemed to happen every time I went up."

In 2005, Waring hit 10 home runs to set a school record at the time for a freshman. His home runs led the team, as did his 41 RBIs. Twenty-two games into his sophomore season, however, Waring broke the hamate bone in his left hand while fouling off a pitch. Though not an uncommon injury for baseball players or golfers, it prevented him from gripping a bat or even moving his wrist and he was sidelined for the rest of the season, finishing with a .266 average, four home runs and 20 RBIs.

Following surgery and some rehabilitation during fall ball, Waring was set to go this spring with some modest goals.

"I was just looking to stay healthy, have a decent year," he said. "I was looking to bat above .300, maybe hit double-digit home runs."

Waring's 27 home runs ranked him second in the nation behind Texas sophomore Kyle Russell, who hit 28. Whether those numbers will translate into home run power for the Mustangs remains to be seen. In the team's opening three-game series at Great Falls, Waring was 2-for-8 at the plate.

"There's no player at this level who's a polished guy right now," Mustangs manager Joe Kruzel said. "But I do think that there's something in there that this kid has a chance to be a special player some day. I really do."

Waring would like to think so, too, all the while acknowledging he's got several adjustments to make to become a consistent professional hitter.

"It'll take a little time, but I think I'll get the hang of it," he said. "I'm learning pretty quickly and I'm looking for good things this summer. It should be fun."
Roscoe Bonsweeney


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