There must be something about Alameda, California. Not only does it produce Stanford baseball players, but it very specifically produces Stanford baseball players who put themselves on YouTube:
Spenser Linney is from Alameda. So is AJ Vanegas. The other YouTube star we speak of, however, is former Stanford player Jordan Pries, whose car karaoke sessions have become the stuff of legend here at Nine Shot First. Naturally, this means that Spenser quickly won my heart.
He’s also on Twitter, so go and give him a follow here.
Let’s talk baseball now, though. Spenser was a 44th rounder this past June, going to the Padres, but he decided to come to Stanford instead, which makes me very happy because I’m excited about his cinematography skills. He’s also thrilled that Stanford has good coaches and is that perfect balance of academics and athletics that so many athletes desire. He’s gotten rave reviews from former teammates:
For proof of the lefty’s might, look no further than his former catchers. ”His fastball had so much movement on it that at times it was hard to even catch,” said Sean Harding, who now plays for St. Joseph Notre Dame. “Batters didn’t even have a chance.”
“Barely anyone could touch him back then,” said John Ruck, the current Alameda High catcher, who caught Linney in Alameda’s Babe Ruth League. “Now that he’s gotten so big, I can only imagine how he overpowers hitters.”
That’s a ringing endorsement. I like that. His coaches, too, have said some wonderful things:
“He’s a hard, diligent worker. When he goes out to the mound, he wants to dominate. He hates losing. That’s the mark of a true competitor,” said Gary Longoria, a longtime local coach who has known Linney since little league and was instrumental in the recruiting process.
“Spenser always finds a way to keep his best foot forward. He’s got more natural talent than you can shake a stick at, and that is a good combination,” said Joe Pearse, former Junior Varsity coach at Alameda High, who introduced Linney to Cardinal coach Mark Marquess two years ago. “I look for big things to come from Spenser Linney.”
Take a look for yourself:
You can read another interview with Spenser here. We’re really excited to have you, kid. Keep making videos!