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Mounds View’s Hentges earns pre-season honor
With winter in full bloom, baseball season isn’t on too many people’s minds but there was baseball news out of Mounds View High School last week.
Mounds View senior Sam Hentges was named to the Louisville Slugger 2014 High School Pre-Season All-American Team. Hentges was also recently honored as the 2013 Fourth District American Legion Most Valuable Player at the 74th-annual Original Baseball Old Timers Hot Stove League of America banquet.
Hentges, who helped lead Mounds View to the Class AAA state championship last June, has one final season of prep baseball before he heads to the college ranks. Hentges will play collegiately at the University of Arkansas after signing his national letter of intent in November.
When Hentges and his Mounds View teammates begin defense of their state championship this spring, they’ll do so under a new head coach. Mark Downey has replaced Jon Nuss as the Mustangs’ skipper.
Downey returns to Mounds View for his second stint as head coach. Downey coached the Mustangs for four seasons (2007-2010) before leaving to coach at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
Nuss replaced Downey in 2011 and capped off his three years as head coach with a state title and the 2013 Class AAA coach-of-the-year award from the Minnesota High School Baseball Coaches Association.
One more bit of Mounds View baseball news involves a former Mustang. Seth Rosin, a 2007 Mounds View graduate, was traded in December. Rosin is now a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization following a trade on Dec. 12.
Rosin pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies’ double-A affiliate in Reading, Penn., in 2013. In December, the New York Mets selected Rosin in the Rule 5 draft and then traded him to the Dodgers in return for $50,000.
Rosin was eligible for the Rule 5 draft because he had been in the same organization for four years but wasn’t on the 40-man roster. Rules state that a player selected in the Rule 5 draft must stay on the 25-man roster or disabled list the entire season or be offered back to the player’s original organization for $25,000.
Rosin, who pitched three years at the University of Minnesota and was a two-time second-team all-Big Ten selection following his Mounds View career, was a fourth-round selection of the San Francisco Giants in 2010. The Giants traded Rosin to Philadelphia in July of 2012.
While in Reading in 2013, Rosin made 26 appearances, including 23 starts, and went 9-6 with a 4.33 earned-run average. He gave up 120 hits in 126 2/3 innings of work. He struck out 96 and walked 35.