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"Johnny Price" Most Valuable Player Award

"Johnny Price" Most Valuable Award Winners Announced

04/26/2018, 6:00am CDT
By Adam Barta, Minnesota Blizzard

Annual Awards Banquet | 2017-2018 Season comes to end

John Price 1997 – 2015

"Johnny Price" Most Valuable Player Award

John Price IV has been recognized by his peers as one of the best players and teammates who has ever stepped on the field in a Blizzard uniform.

A division I recruit, the right-handed hitting Price was a versatile player manning the outfield and corner infield positions as well as logging innings as a hard-throwing right hander.  At the plate, Price was a middle of the order hitter leading his Blizzard teams to the playoffs in eight separate tournaments including three championships from 2013-2015.

Price had one of – if not the top – offensive weekends in Blizzard history in the 2015 ScoutStop August Select.  Price hit three home runs including two at Miesville and one in the championship game at CHS Field.  Over the course of the tournament, Price, who finished his career hitting 4-hole for the top Blizzard varsity team, went 10-for-16 (.625 BA) with 3 home runs, 10 RBI and 6 runs.

While John’s contributions were certainly valued on the field, what truly made him an MVP was his impact off the field.  Price, a friend to everyone, was the center of every Blizzard activity including team building exercises, hotel fun and van rides to and from the field.  He taught and led younger players how to play and practice; with effort and a great attitude.

He is the person who every Blizzard player should strive to be – a vibrant young man who positively impacts other people’s lives and makes every one of his teammates better.

"Johnny Price" Most Valuable Player Award Recipients


(above) Jack Erickson / 2020 Hudson, WI / "Johnny Price" MVP Award Recipient

"Congratulations to the winners of this year's MVP Awards as well as all of the other winners.  Keep striving to improve yourself and your teammates on and off the field.  It is important to have the 'next man up' mentality.  It helps the whole team out and will help you in all aspects of your life.  Don't take any at bat, pitch or fielding opportunity for granted."  #BlueLove - Brad Mathiowetz, Blizzard Alum (2014) and former MVP award winner.

12u: Sam Erickson (Hudson, WI)

13u: Weston Russell (St. Anthony, MN)

14u: Ragan Pinnow (River Falls, WI)

15u: Bennett McCollow (Bloomington, MN)

16u Blue: Jonathon Bunce (Minneapolis, MN)

16u Black: Jon Koehn (Woodbury, MN)

17u Blue: Will Frisch (Stillwater, MN) / TCU commit

17u Black: Dylan Peck (Maple Grove, MN)

18u Blue: Tommy Springer (Apple Valley, MN) / Missouri commit

18u Black: Addison Elcombe (Richfield, MN)

2018 Blizzard Elite and Fall Tryout Information

Date Time Age Group Location Notes
June 25 9am / 1pm 13u / 14u Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 26 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 14u Call Back Games Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 27 9am (15u) / 1pm / 3:45 15u / 13u Call Backs Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 28 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 15u Call Back Games Rich Valley Baseball Complex
June 29 Make-Up Day (if needed)
*
July 2 9am 10u / 11u / 12u Rich Valley Baseball Complex
July 3 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 Call Back Games Rich Valley Baseball Complex
*
July 9 9am 17u / 18u Century College
July 10 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 Var Call Back Games Century College
July 11 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 Var Call Back Games Century College
July 12 Rain Day / Make-Up Rich Valley Baseball Complex
July 13 Rain Day / Make-Up Century College
*
July 16 9am 16u Century College
July 17 9am / 11:15 / 1:30 / 3:45 16u Call Back Games Century College
July 18 Rain Day / Make-Up Rich Valley Baseball Complex
July 19 Rain Day / Make-Up Rich Valley Baseball Complex
July 20 Rain Day / Make-Up Rich Valley Baseball Complex
*
end of July (TBA) *PARENT MEETINGS Blizzard Baseball Academy
9am 10u, 11u, 12u, 13u Silver
10am 14u, 15u, 16u, Varsity Silver
11am 10u, 11u, 12u Gold
12n 13u, 14u, 15u Gold
1pm 16u, Varsity Gold
2:30pm 11u, 12u, 13u Elite
4pm 14u, 15u Elite
5:30pm 16u Elite
7pm Varsity Elite
8:30pm (if needed) Varsity Elite

*Parent Meeting Times will be confirmed once teams are posted July 20th

Field address, what to bring and what to expect at tryouts

Age Level

Age cut-off is April 30th, 2019 (or whatever your age is on April 30th, 2019) For example, if you are 14 years old right now and your birthday is March 3rd, 2019, you are considered a 15u because you turn 15 before April 30th, 2019.

Rich Valley Baseball Complex
1841 105th St E, Inver Grove Heights 55077

Century College
3300 Century Ave N White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Roseville Legion Field
700 County Road C West in Roseville

What to bring ...

Tryouts are a relatively long day so make sure you bring water, snack and sun screen.  Please wear a full uniform including spikes and glove.  Each player will receive a hat at the tryout.  If you have your own bat, bring it otherwise we will have some there for you to borrow.

What to expect ...

Expect a lot of kids, good competition and a good baseball setting.  Each player will run a 60 yard dash (40 yard for 10u-13u), go through defensive work including outfield, infield, catcher pop times, batting practice and bullpens.

After Day 1, we will post call back rosters immediately the same day on our website (www.blizzardelitebaseball.com) and you will return (if need be) to play a scrimmage where pitchers throw a controlled inning against hitters.

Posting Rosters ...

We will post rosters no later than July 20th on our website. 

Players who cannot make tryouts or who have to leave early ...

If you are a player who cannot make a tryout, you should come to the next closest age group to be graded out.  Please email me at: abarta@minnesotabaseballacademy.com with your situation and we will make it work.  We also have designated days on our "Tryout Dates" to choose from. 

If you have to leave early for a tournament, please let us know and we'll make sure we get you out of there as soon as possible - no problem !

Tryout Day 1 - Hitting, Fielding, Running and Pitching

 

HITTING

Each player will receive between 7 – 10 pitches from a coach.

Scoring will be judged on mechanics including:

  1. Set-up
  2. Swing
  3. Balance
  • Ability to make solid contact
  • Superior power
  • Overall athletic ability and talent

INFIELD

Each player will receive 5 – 8 ground balls hit at them, to their left, right and on the run

Scoring will be judged on mechanics including:

  1. Footwork and Hands
  2. Proper throwing technique / body control
  3. Quickness / lateral movements
  4. Accuracy
  • Athletic ability and hustle
  • Superior arm strength

OUTFIELD

Each Player will receive 4 – 8 fly balls hit at them, to their right and left

  • Ability to judge fly balls, athleticism and hustle
  • Range to the left, right, in and back
  • Catching the ball hit at player, to the right and left

Fielding the ball on the ground and make a proper and quick transfer

  • Superior arm strength

PITCHING

Each player will receive 10 – 20 pitches / or throw one inning

  • Mechanics – must show the ability to have consistent mechanics from the wind-up and stretch position
  • Velocity– player should have above average velocity relative to age group
  • Movement and Action– player (relative to age) should show ability to have movement on fastball and action on secondary pitches
  • Location – player should have the ability to throw all pitches in the strike zone

CATCHING

Each player will receive 5 balls thrown from an evaluator and/or pitcher

  • Catching and Receiving – player should be able to catch the ball without struggling and should be able to show the ability to frame pitches in and around the strike zone
  • Arm Strength – player should have above-average arm strength relative to age group and have the ability to throw to 2nd base with relative ease and little or no arch
  • Blocking– player should not move out of the way of a bounced ball and should make an effort to display proper blocking technique and hustle

RUNNING

  • Players 14u-18u will run timed 60 yard dashes
  • Players 13u and under will run a 40 yard dash (if time permits)

Player should sign up online by AT LEAST one day before their tryout.

Check-in

When players arrive, they must check in at the check-in tent and get their player # and get their picture taken.  Please arrive at least 45 minutes before tryouts.  All players will receive a Blizzard hat at tryouts.

Age Level

Age cut-off is April 30th, 2019 (or whatever your age is on April 30th, 2019) For example, if you are 14 years old right now and your birthday is March 3rd, 2019, you are considered a 15u because you turn 15 before April 30th, 2019.

Tag(s): Test  Blizzard Spring 2018