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Scout team showcases local baseball talent
by Michael Lingberg
Mar 08, 2011 | 1364 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Have you ever heard of the Nevada Aces, a northern Nevada baseball scout team? If you haven't, you're not alone.

A scout team in baseball is similar to a practice squad in the National Football League. Players who play on a scout team have been offered scholarships by colleges but aren’t able to play for their respective teams because there isn’t a spot for them. So they play on a scout team to get playing time.

Not only do collegiate players have spots on a scout team, high school seniors who have committed to a collegiate program, are on the roster as well. These young sluggers join the team to showcase themselves and their talent to scouts from all over the country.

The Nevada Aces scout team is based out of Carson City and plays its home games at Western Nevada College. The team is followed by Division I, II, college coaches as well as professional scouts during its 54-game schedule. Players who come from far away or out of state are able to stay with a host family during the season.

The Aces play in the Far West League which consists of two divisions and 11 teams. The scout team will call the North Division its home. One of its goals for this year is to become one of the best leagues on the West Coast.

“I believe the FWL will be the premier all-collegiate league on the West Coast,” said Anthony LaMonica, the team’s founder. “It will be compared to the best leagues on the national scene for the first two to three years of operation. Our goal is to be the best all-collegiate league in the country.”

This is the second year of existence for the Aces. One notable player who has been with the team since its creation is C.J. Maldonado. Maldonado, a former Reed Raider, is an All-League catcher for the Aces. He is currently playing for and attending Shasta College. He has four-year college recruiters and professional scouts following him.

Tanner Oates is also a part of the team. As a Spanish Springs High School senior, he has been voted All-League his past two years playing for SSHS and he also has some college recruiters keeping tabs on his performance.

The Nevada Aces coaching staff is dotted with professional experience. Head coach Jim Blueberg was a second round draft pick by the Seattle Mariners in 1986. Blueberg played with Seattle until he was traded midway through the season to the New York Yankees. He was a two-time minor league All-star and MVP. An arm injury ended his career in 1992.

Tom Keating, the Aces pitching coach, was drafted in the 14th round by the Chicago White Sox in the 1979 draft. He was also a minor league pitching coach for the organization.

The team will begin its season on May 28th – 29th with a couple of home games at WNC. Both games begin at 12:00 p.m.

For more information about how to join the Nevada Aces scout team, contact Coach Blueberg at 775-882-9313 or send an E-mail to jblueberg@bluemountainsteel.net. You can also contact LaMonica at 775-787-5943. His E-mail is ... Lamonicastarr13@aol.com.
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