The Wayne State University baseball program will host the Fifth Annual Anthony Bass Pitching Camp. Benefits of the camp will include specific station and drill work with a fundamental emphasis involving several aspects associated with the pitching position. Significance will be placed on pitching development, mechanics, and concepts involved for success on the mound. Current Los Angeles Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker returns as a guest instructor along with Oakland A's starter Jharel Cotton.
Saturday, January 14th
Grades: 3rd - 12th
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Wayne State Athletics Multi-Purpose Indoor Facility
In addition to the camp curriculum an autograph session will be held for all camp participants. A portion of camp funds will be distributed in memory of Officer Collin Rose in support of the Wayne State University Police Department.
Featuring Anthony Bass
Former Wayne State University right-handed hurler Anthony Bass (Trenton, Mich.) will return to campus and team up with the Warriors to host an extensive pitching specific camp. Bass pitched for the San Diego Padres from 2011-2013. spent the 2014 season with the Houston Astros, pitched for the Texas Rangers in 2015 before playing this past season in Japan with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters of the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). He was a integral part of the Fighters winning the Japan Series championship for the first time since 2006.
Bass has a career 4.40 ERA in 278.1 innings pitched in 129 appearances over five seasons. He has made 18 starts with one complete game, 187 strikeouts and three saves.
"I'm always excited around this time of year to work with the young, aspiring athletes at my annual pitching camp," said Bass. "With the help of Matt Shoemaker and our new addition, Jharel Cotton, we will be providing the best professional pitching instruction to help sharpen your children's skills. We look forward to seeing returning and new campers on January 14th."
While at Wayne State University, Bass was the highest MLB draft pick in program history. A Rawlings/ABCA All-America First Team and NCBWA All-America Third Team selection in 2008, Bass was also selected to the Daktronics, Inc. and Rawlings/ABCA All-Region First Teams, earned Pitcher of the Year honors from the latter organization as well as a Gold Glove for outstanding defense. He was also named the GLIAC Conference Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-GLIAC. In his three year career, Bass ranks in the top 10 all-time at Wayne State in several categories, including: second in strikeout/walk ratio (3.38), third in victories (21), tied for third in winning percentage (.700), fourth in strikeouts (206), seventh in starts (33), eighth in innings pitched (213.0), and tied for 10th in complete games (14).