Conor Cochran commits to AAU USA International Collegiate Team for Summer 2018 vs Ireland and Scotland
Press Release | March 4, 2018
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—The AAU USA International Collegiate Team continues to harvest rising talent for the collegiate summer baseball season, with the commitment of Conor Cochran of perennial AAU Baseball Mid-Atlantic regional power Maryland RBI's advanced skills development team.
Scotland will host the AAU USA International Collegiate Team for an international friendly series at Edinburgh and Glasgow July 5-10. Opponents in Scotland include the Scotland National Team and the Edinburgh (Giants, Diamond Devils, Cannons) and Glasgow (Galaxy, Comets) clubs of the Scotland National Baseball League.
Ireland will host the AAU USA International Collegiate Team as part of the Ireland International Baseball Festival at Ashbourne International Baseball Centre, County Meath, July 10-15.
Opponents include the Ireland National Team, Irish Baseball League All-Star Team, USA Military Blue Devils, and non-tournament matchups to be announced later.
Playing for the Maryland RBI 19U advanced skills development team in the AAU Mid-Atlantic Wood Bat League, Cochran finished the summer travel season last year with a batting average of .387 which included 2 doubles and 10 runs batted in. He played 1B and OF and made a mark in on base percentage (.525), slugging (.452) and on base plus slugging (.977). He led the team in fielding pct. (.987) committing just one error on the season.
Cochran, of Annapolis, Md., graduated from Annapolis HS and was a four-year player in the Panthers program. He also ran the 800m, 4x800m, 3200m, and 5000m in track & cross country as well as playing football and basketball.
Coming up the amateur ranks in Maryland, Cochran excelled in big events, including AAU tournaments and the MLB Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy-centered Washington, DC, Metro League.
In addition to playing for Maryland RBI the past four years under Coaches Chris Cummings and Mike Graham, his travel baseball experience includes playing with American Legion Maryland Post #7, Maryland Arsenal, GHAA Tigers, and the Maryland Monarchs organizations.
Cochran at 6'5” and 205 pounds received recruiting interest from colleges such as the University of California San Diego, Brown, Vermont, UC Santa Barbara, Ohio, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He got a great situation at Maryland and ended up attending there and focusing on academics.
“I really like the coaching staff, who are my AAU coaches,” Cochran said, “and guys I have played travel and high school with, and I imagined it would be a cool experience to have.
“The program is great. The coaches are excellent and professional. For me, it’s been a big positive in my life and gave a lot of players a chance at playing quality baseball and being part of something special.”
He joins a large group of talented athletes recruited to play in Europe by the veteran Maryland youth baseball leaders and coaches of Maryland RBI.
Cochran joins returners Mac McGrath (Shenandoah University, Va.), Connor Graham (Anne Arundel CC, Md.), Jimmie Gentry (Albright College, Pa.), CJ Cummings (University of Mary Washington, Va.), and Daniel Keating (Wellington HS, Fla.).
Newcomers include Scott Mudd (Salisbury University, Md.), James Sofield and Brent Jones (New Jersey Institute of Technology), Ryan Cunningham (Old Bridge HS, NJ), Drew Ventrelle (University of Chicago, Ill.), and Joe Schipsi (Cabrini University, Pa.), who also have committed to the AAU USA International Collegiate Team. Others are considering.
“Conor has grown into a player by playing AAU as much as any player we’ve had in the program and he flourished last year in the Mid-Atlantic league. He put in the work this winter and his bat and wingspan are going to be an asset in Europe,” Graham said. “We’re very pleased with his commitment and now it’s about going out there [to Europe] and making plays and hitting the ball hard.”
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The AAU USA International Collegiate Team is recruiting players ages 18-23 representing all college divisions and graduating high school seniors. The experience offers high-level baseball and cultural exposure to the world at the same time.
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