Complete Player Development #21 – Complete Player Development with Butte College Coach Anthony Ferro and current Braves minor leaguer, Conner Blair (01/23/21)
Topic: Complete Player Development
Episode 21 features Butte College Coach, Anthony Ferro and current Braves minor leaguer, Connor Blair
This is an outstanding episode as it gives both a player and coach insight on the value of JUCO baseball from both a player and coach perspective. It also touches on the dedication required to be an elite player and the daily routine essential for development. In addition Coach Ferro describes what he is looking for in a college athlete!
Anthony Ferro Bio:
Head Baseball Coach Butte College
Coach Ferro returns for his seventeenth season as the head coach of the Butte College Roadrunners. In his first 16 years at the helm, his teams have compiled a record of 373-261-1. Under Coach Ferro’s sixteen years of leadership, the Roadrunner’s have accumulated fourteen 20+ win seasons and have played in the postseason seven out of the last nine years, most recently winning 31 games in 2019 and coming one win away from a Super Regional appearance.
Coach Ferro remains committed to his goal of having a complete program that produces not only quality baseball players, but quality people as well. Ferro believes that success in the classroom is mandatory for the players in this program and he is committed to helping his players move toward earning a college degree. This attitude is ingrained in his players as they have proved extremely successful in the classroom while being a part of a winning baseball program. Fourteen of the twenty-four players maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher last season with a team GPA of 3.14, and because of this commitment toward academics, the 2019 team was once again at the top of the Roadrunner Athletics Department chart for attendance at athletic study hall. The entire sophomore class, minus one, transferred to four year schools with fourteen out of fourteen receiving their AA degrees.
Connor Blair Bio:
2019 Atlanta Braves, 15th Round, University of Washington, Butte College
Connor Blair was a 15th round pick with the Atlanta Braves after having a standout season with the Washington Huskies where he was able to show his power with 8 home runs in 36 games before being sidelined by a hit by pitch. Connor played junior college baseball out of high school at Butte Colleage and was the 2018 American Baseball Coaches Association Player of the Year in the Pacific Association Division.