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2014 Baseball Recruiting Class

Posted: 5/1/2013 7:42 AM

2014 Baseball Recruiting Class 


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West Virginia University baseball coach Randy Mazey announced the signing of 15 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday morning. The signees will join Mazey's squad next fall to prepare for the 2014 season.

 

            "I am extremely excited about the student-athletes we signed in the early signing period," coach Randy Mazey says. "After a late start recruiting the 2013 class, coach (Derek) Matlock and coach (Steven) Trout worked tirelessly to put together an outstanding class that we feel will help up compete in the Big 12 as soon as they arrive on campus."

 

            Eight of the 15 signees will join the team out of high school, including four from Texas, one from Illinois, one from Ohio, one from Pennsylvania and one from Virginia. The Mountaineers added seven junior college prospects.

 

            Coming from the high school ranks are pitchers Chad Donato (Cypress, Texas), Steven Duby (Maumee, Ohio), Corley Huffstickler (Frisco, Texas), Dakota Mills (Meadows Place, Texas) and Nick Wernke (Oswego, Ill.). Shaun Corso (Lancaster, Pa.) represents the lone position player, while Jackson Cramer (Coppell, Texas) and Jordan Sergent (Chesapeake, Va.) will be two-way players for the Mountaineers.

 

            The Mountaineers' junior college recruits include pitchers Michael Bennett (Bandon, Ore.), Alec Horvath (Sugarland, Texas) and Ross Vance (McKinney, Texas). Cameron O'Brien (Tulsa, Okla.) comes to WVU as a catcher, while infielder Cody Semler (Lake City, Fla.), outfielder Byron Reichstein (St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada) and outfielder/pitcher Trevor Simms (Hurst, Texas) round out the class.

 

            The recruiting class provides versatility for West Virginia, featuring eight pitchers, one catcher, two infielders, one outfielder and three two-way players.

 

Michael Bennett, RHP, 6-1, 195, Bandon, Ore./Feather River College (Calif.)

·         Led Feather River College to regional and conference championships in 2012

·         Tops among pitchers in appearances (16), games started (12), wins (10), complete games (2), innings pitched (98.2) and strikeouts (65)

·         Finished with a 2.10 ERA, tops among starters, and averaged six strikeouts per game

·         Named the Golden Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year, while also being selected to the All-Northern California team

·         Three-sport letterwinner in football, basketball and baseball at Bandon High

·         Played in the 2011 Oregon 3A/2A/1A All-Star Series

·         Two-time Oregon 3A All-State First Team and 2011 Oregon 3A All-State Pitcher of the Year

 

Shaun Corso, 3B/SS, 6-3, 200, Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield High

·         Led Hempfield High to a 17-5 record and the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 1 Championship in 2012

·         Hit three doubles, one triple, four home runs, 15 RBIs and 23 runs scored

·         Two-time All-Lancaster Lebanon League Section 1 Second Team member

·         Named 2012 Preseason Pennsylvania All-State and a Top 50 player in Pennsylvania by ESPN HS

·         Rated as the No. 7 player in Pennsylvania by Prep Baseball Report

·         Played in the inaugural Big 26 Baseball Classic between Pennsylvania and Maryland

·         Named the 2012 High School Defensive Player of the Year and the 2011 High School Offensive Player of the Year

·         Member of the Mid-Atlantic Rookies travel squad, playing in the 2012 Perfect Game WWBA World Championship

·         Played in the 2012 South Atlantic Border Battle

·         Ranked in the Top 500 nationally, No. 5 player in Pennsylvania and No. 61 shortstop in the Class of 2013 by Perfect Game

·         Earned 2012 Perfect Game USA Preseason Underclassmen All-America High Honorable Mention honors

 

Jackson Cramer, 1B/RHP, 6-4, 220, Coppell, Texas/Coppell High

·         Entering senior season for coach Kendall Clark at Coppell High

·         Finished 2012 season with a .305 batting average, five doubles, one triple, eight home runs, 21 RBIs and a .500 on-base percentage

·         Led District 5-5A in home runs in 2012

·         Named to the District 5-5A All-District Second Team as a junior

·         Member of the Dallas Area Metro Scout League All-Star team

·         Attended the MLB Showcase at Minute Maid Park, hosted by the Texas Scout Association

·         Invited to play in the 2012 Perfect Game WWBA World Championship with the DBAT/MSL All-Stars

·         Ranked in the Top 1000 nationally by Perfect Game

 

Chad Donato, RHP, 6-0, 185, Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods High

·         Three-year lettermen at Cypress Woods High

·         Recorded four wins, 40 strikeouts and a 0.90 ERA in 20.0 innings of work in 2012

·         Batted .357 at the plate with five doubles and one home run

·         Named to the District 17-5A All-District Honorable Mention as a junior

·         Ranked in the Top 500 nationally, No. 160 right-handed pitcher nationally, No. 57 player in Texas and No. 37 right-handed pitcher  in Texas in the Class of 2013 by Perfect Game

·         Named a 2012 Perfect Game USA Underclassmen All-America High Honorable Mention

·         Played in the 2012 Perfect Game WWBA World Championship with Action Baseball, and was named to the all-tournament team

·         Pitched four innings in one appearance, earning the win by allowing two hits and striking out nine

 

Steven Duby, RHP, 6-0, 180, Maumee, Ohio/Maumee High

·         Two-way player for coach Cam Coutcher at Maumee High

·         Went 4-2 with a 2.07 ERA, four complete games and three shutouts in eight starts during junior season

·         Led team with 73 strikeouts in 47.1 innings pitched, allowing 14 earned runs

·         Team leader in hits (34), doubles (11) and RBIs (29), finishing with a .354 batting average as an infielder

·         Was named All-Ohio Second Team, All-Northwest Ohio First Team and All-Northern Lakes League First Team in 2012

·         Finished 2011 with a 4-0 record, 2.00 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 21 innings

·         Ranked in the Top 1000 nationally by Perfect Game

·         Named a 2012 Perfect Game USA Underclassmen All-America High Honorable Mention

·         Starting quarterback on the football team, throwing 106 completions for 1,724 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2012

 

Alec Horvath, LHP, 6-6, 200, Sugarland, Texas/Hill College

·         Entering his sophomore season at Hill College after leading the team to a 34-22 record in 2012

·         Completed the season with a .325 batting average, 14 runs scored, 10 doubles, two triples and 16 RBIs

·         Also saw time on the mound, making eight appearances with a 3.52 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 30.2 innings

·         Two-year letterman in baseball and three-year letterman in basketball at Clements High

·         Named to the 2011 All-District 23-5A First Team en route to leading baseball team to the District 23-5A Championship

 

Corley Huffstickler, RHP, 5-11, 160, Frisco, Texas/Airline High (La.)

·         Played for coach Toby Todd at Airline High in 2012 as a junior

·         Finished with a 8-4 record and a 1.42 ERA in 71.0 innings with 78 strikeouts

·         Named to the All-District 1-5A First Team, Shreveport Times All-City team and All-Bossier Parrish team in 2012

·         Previously played two seasons (2011-12) for Frisco High

·         Earned 2012 Perfect Game USA Underclassmen All-America Honorable Mention honors

 

Dakota Mills, RHP, 6-2, 195, Meadows Place, Texas/Dulles High

·         Helped Dulles High to a 27-9 record and the District 23-5A championship as a junior in 2012

·         Finished the season with a 9-2 record in 74 innings pitched, leading District 23-5A with a 0.66 ERA and ranking No. 2 in strikeouts with 101

·         Named the 2012 The Fort Bend Sun Pitcher of the Year, as well as being named to The Fort Bend Sun All-Sun First Team and All-District 23-5A First Team

·         Ranked in the Top 1000 nationally by Perfect Game

·         2012 Houston TASO Championship MVP

·         Played in the 2012 Perfect Game WWBA World Championship with the Houston Heat, and was named to the all-tournament team

·         Pitched 4.2 innings in two appearances, allowing three hits and striking out nine

 

Cameron O'Brien, C, 6-0, 184, Tulsa, Okla./Northeast Texas CC (Texas)

·         Will play for Northeast Texas Community College in 2013 after transferring from Louisville

·         Hit .250 with four RBIs and three runs scored in 14 games and four starts at Louisville in 2012

·         Played four seasons of baseball for coach Scott Ellis at Bishop Kelley High

·         Earned all-state honors and was a three-time All-Metro selection

·         As a senior, hit .463 with 10 home runs, 18 doubles and eight stolen bases while leading Bishop Kelley to a state championship

·         High school career record holder in doubles (53) and sacrifices (42)

·         Three-year letterwinner in football as an outside linebacker earning all-conference honors

·         Also earned two letters in basketball as a shooting guard

·         Named to the 2009 Rawlings/Perfect Game All-West Region Second Team

·         Father, Charlie, played 15 seasons of Major League Baseball as a catcher while his brother, Chris, was a standout catcher at Wichita State and is currently in the Los Angeles Dodgers farm system

 

Byron Reichstein, OF, 5-11, 180, St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada/Navarro College (Texas)

·         Will be a sophomore as he enters his first season at Navarro College

·         Played for WVU assistant coach Steven Trout at Texarkana College in 2012, leading the team to 33-23 record

·         Region 14 East Conference Player of the Year and All-Region 14 First Team honoree

·         Led the team in batting average (.372), doubles (14), home runs (5), runs (40), RBIs (38), on-base percentage (.480), slugging percentage (.581) and on-base plus slugging (1.062)

·         Spent the summer of 2012 with the London Majors, batting .302 in 37 games with seven doubles, one home run and 15 RBIs

·         Previously played for the London Badger of the Baseball Ontario Adult League, where he was named the player of the year in 2011, recording a .404 batting average, six home runs, 61 RBIs and 38 stolen bases

·         Helped team to bronze in 2010 and gold in 2011 at the Baseball Canada Midget Championships

·         Member of the 2010 Ontario Youth Team that won silver at the Canada Cup

·         Was named to the Team Canada Junior National Team

 

Cody Semler, SS, 5-10, 185, Lake City, Fla./Weatherford College (Texas)

·         Batted .291 with 16 runs, five doubles, one home run and 13 RBIs as a freshman at Weatherford College in 2012

·         Drafted in the 37th round (1,133 overall) by the San Diego Padres in the 2011 MLB Draft

·         Batted .275 with four home runs and 20 RBIs as a senior at Allen High

·         All-District 8-5A Honorable Mention in 2010, batting .272 with one home run and 16 RBIs

 

Jordan Sergent, OF/LHP, 6-1, 185, Chesapeake, Va./Atlantic Shores Christian School

·         Three-year letterwinner entering senior season for coach Joe Agreste, Sr., father of former Mountaineer Joe Agreste, Jr., at Atlantic Shores Christian School

·         Led team in batting average (.489), hits (43) runs (42), triples (2), home runs (12), RBIs (42), on-base percentage (.589) and slugging percentage (1.023) in 2012

·         Also recorded seven doubles and 10 stolen bases

·         Went 6-2 on the mound in 10 starts with a 1.94 ERA, three complete games and two shutouts

·         Struck out 68 batters in 57.2 innings

·         Batted .356 with 22 runs, eight doubles, three home runs and 21 RBIs during sophomore season

·         Finished 2011 with a 10-4 record in 16 appearances with a 2.56 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 71 innings of work

·         Named the Metro Conference Player of the Year, All-VISAA Division II First Team and All-Tidewater First Team following 2012 season

·         Earned Atlantic Shores Christian School Wendy's Heisman Award in 2012

·         Named a finalist for the 2012 Virginia Sports Hall of Fame Student-Athlete of the Year

·         Earned 2012 Perfect Game USA Underclassmen All-America Honorable Mention and 2012 Under Armour Preseason All-American honors

·         Invited to the 2012 East Coast Pro Showcase, 2012 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars and 2012 Border Battle Tournament

·         Two-year letterwinner and captain on the football team, earning All-VISAA Division II Second Team honors in 2011

 

Trevor Simms, RHP/OF, 6-3, 195, Hurst, Texas/Weatherford College (Texas)

·         Will play for Weatherford College in 2013 after transferring from Rice

·         Made three appearances in relief, striking out three in two innings at Rice in 2012

·         Also served as the backup kicker on the Rice football team

·         2011 Male Athlete of the Year at Liberty Christian High, leading the baseball team to a 20-10 record and into the finals of the TAPPS State Tournament

·         Texas Association of Private & Parochial Schools (TAPPS) All-State First Team honoree and All-District 1-5A in 2011

·         Went 10-0 with a 2.69 ERA as a senior, registering 93 strikeouts in 60 innings and holding opposing hitters to a .135 batting average

·         Went 4-1 with a save in nine appearances as a junior in 2010, averaging 13.5 strikeouts per nine innings

·         Member of the 2010 Texas Rangers Area Code Team who participated in the Area Code Tournament in Long Beach, Calif.

·         Also competed earned four varsity letters in football and one in track & field

·         Earned all-state accolades as a kicker and receiver

·         TAPPS state champion in the 100- and 200-meter races

 

Ross Vance, LHP, 6-0, 165, McKinney, Texas/Dodge City CC (Kan.)

·         Entering sophomore season for coach Phil Stephenson at Dodge City Community College

·         Sat out the 2011 and 2012 campaigns at Paris Junior College after undergoing Tommy John surgery

·         All-District 13-3A Pitcher of the Year at Lovejoy High as a senior in 2010, finishing with a record of 8-4 and setting the single-season school record with 117 strikeouts

·         Earned All-District 13-3A First Team honors in 2009 after winning seven games with 81 strikeouts

·         State champion at Prairie Ridge High in Crystal Lake, Ill., as a sophomore in 2008

 

Nick Wernke, RHP, 6-4, 185, Oswego, Ill./Oswego High

·         Three-year two-way starter for coach Chris Neitzel at Oswego High

·         Finished 2012 with a 3-2 record and a 3.75 ERA in four starts

·         Recorded a .290 batting average, a .420 on-base percentage and led the team with 35 walks and five triples at the plate

·         Batted .444 in 15 games during 2010 season

"We can scarcely dispense with the aid of West-Virginia in this struggle; much less can we afford to have her against us, in congress and in the field. Her brave and good men regard her admission into the Union as a matter of life and death."- Abraham Lincoln

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Posted: 5/1/2013 8:37 AM

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nice write up. thanks for sharing.


"We wanted to win this for our state first because the people there love us so much and support us so much. I definitely know it means the world to them."
--Da'Sean Butler
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Posted: 5/1/2013 10:18 AM

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It looks like a good class on paper. It's long on pitchers.
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Posted: 5/1/2013 10:29 AM

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Mazey is smart. Recruiting mostly pitchers makes complete sense. They can always play another position and a bunch are good hitters too.
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Posted: 5/1/2013 12:22 PM

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Wow...Oregon-CA, Canada, TX to VA. Recruiting athletes from everywhere. Thanks for sharing this synopsis of our incoming players .
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Posted: 5/1/2013 12:31 PM

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Just an FYI --

I'll have a baseball recruiting article (yes, you read that right) later this afternoon. The kid is from Texas and is very excited about Coach Mazey and WVU.
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Posted: 5/1/2013 1:17 PM

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Jon any chance you could help us understand college baseball recruiting?

How many scholarships

How many allowed on a team.....any limit

How are scholarships normally divided

When are players eligible for the pro draft

Seems we just signed 15 new players ( I guess to add to those who would be returning ). I think we have like 12.5 scholarships, so seems like we have a lot of players to spread money around. Anything would be helpful.
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Posted: 5/1/2013 1:25 PM

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Here is an excerpt from college baseball's wikepedia page --- 

recruitment process

The recruitment process is similar to that of the Major League Draft in that a high school athlete is taking the next step in his career. The NCAA places restrictions on the coaches that are trying to convince athletes to come play for them and attend their university. College Baseball programs are only allowed to offer a limited number of scholarships each year, so the process of earning a scholarship is quite competitive. Baseball is classified by the NCAA as an "equivalency" sport, meaning that limits on athletic financial aid are set to the equivalent of a fixed number of full scholarships. Division I schools are allowed the equivalent of 11.7 full scholarships;[10] Division II schools, only 9.0.[11] Schools generally choose to award multiple partial scholarships rather than exclusively full scholarships.[12] In Division I, the NCAA also limits the total number of players receiving baseball-related financial aid to 27,[10] and also requires that each of these players receive athletic aid equal to at least 25% of a full scholarship.[13]

Before September 1 of a potential college player’s 11th grade year, it is illegal for a college program to give any kind of recruiting materials to the prospect. A phone call is not even permitted to the prospect until July 1 of his 11th grade year.[14] Once the player is committed to the school of his choice, he must sign his letter of intent during one of several signing periods. The early signing period for a Division I baseball player is between November 8 and 15; the late signing period dates for these players are April 11 to August 1.[14]

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Posted: 5/1/2013 2:13 PM

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Do they rank recruiting classes like in Football/Basketball?  Curious how the "experts" rate this incoming class.

 

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Posted: 5/1/2013 2:22 PM

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Thanks for the information. It is very helpful.

I thought it was particularly interesting as to how the scholarships can be split. Again thanks for this and all you have done on baseball and recruiting.
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Posted: 5/2/2013 7:08 PM

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Wow, lot of texans in there. Does anyone publish big 12 recruiting rankings?
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Posted: 5/2/2013 8:10 PM

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bundles wrote: Thanks for the information. It is very helpful.

I thought it was particularly interesting as to how the scholarships can be split. Again thanks for this and all you have done on baseball and recruiting.
IIRC, this was one of the complaints people had about GVS.  He wouldn't use all of his scholarships.
"We can scarcely dispense with the aid of West-Virginia in this struggle; much less can we afford to have her against us, in congress and in the field. Her brave and good men regard her admission into the Union as a matter of life and death."- Abraham Lincoln
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Posted: 5/2/2013 9:12 PM

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The biggest "reverse" Title IX discrimination is that softball and baseball each get 11.7 scholarships, but women's softball teams only carry 3 pitchers (since your ace can throw every game) while men's baseball needs to carry 15-18 pitchers. The NCAA needs to recognize and correct this discrepancy.
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Posted: 5/2/2013 9:13 PM

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--- wv123 wrote:


bundles wrote: Thanks for the information. It is very helpful.

I thought it was particularly interesting as to how the scholarships can be split. Again thanks for this and all you have done on baseball and recruiting.
IIRC, this was one of the complaints people had about GVS.  He wouldn't use all of his scholarships.

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The WVU baseball team never had a full allotment of 11.7 scholarships until Ollie fixed it this year. I'm no fan of GVZ, but you should at least know what you're talking about before posting. Read this Daily Mail article:

blogs.dailymail.com/wvu/2012/0...about-11-7-win/

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