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Maui High's Karaviotis commits to Oregon

October 9, 2012 - Robert Collias
Maui High School senior shortstop Mark Karaviotis committed to Oregon with the guarantee that he will get a shot at the starting shortstop job for the Ducks in the 2014 season.

In my mind that probably means he is getting at least a 50 percent ride from the Ducks — NCAA Division I baseball teams are limited to 11.7 scholarships and must give at least 25 percent schollies to 27 players. NCAA teams are allowed to carry 35 players.

Karaviotis declined to say precisely what the offer was, but he did say, "Let's just say they stepped up big." Space limitations in today's cut a lot of the material I had in my original story. Here are the highlights of what didn't make the paper:

—“He has a couple national championships under his belt, definitely playing for the best,” Karaviotis said of Oregon coach George Horton, who coached a Kurt Suzuki-led Cal State Fullerton team to the NCAA championship in 2004. “I know that Kurt played for him and probably when I’m there more we will talk about that Maui connection.”

—Karaviotis first figured out he could have something in baseball as a standout 10-, 11- and 12-year-old for the Kihei Yankees of Kihei Little League.

—He is close friends with 2012 Baldwin graduate Branden Kaupe, who was a fourth-round draft choice of the New York Mets in June. Kaupe recently finished his first season in professional baseball for the Kingsport (Tenn.) Mets of the Appalachian Rookie League. Karaviotis has been climbing scout evaluation boards lately and is a likely top-10-round prospect for the June 2013 draft.

“Branden’s one of my good friends and I was stoked for him, he definitely deserved it, worked hard,” Karaviotis said. “(Professional baseball) has been my dream since I was a little kid.”

—With seven returning starters, the Sabers could field an MIL pennant contender in 2013 under first-year coach Chase Corniel.

“We will be pretty good,” Karaviotis said. “We look like a strong, strong team. Everybody will be ready to contribute.”


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